I have a few questions:
1- What's the best way to clean the grime etc from the chassis without ruining the lettering? I used a little rubbing alcohol that removed most of the dirt, but I'm wondering if anyone has another tried and true method.
2- Once the transformers are off, wouldn't it be a good idea to put rubber grommets in the holes where their wires pass through? I can't think of a reason not to other than cost, unless they can't stand the heat or get in the way of something else.
3- Since this is actually a "new build" using the old chassis and transformers, is there an assembly manual rather than an upgrade manual available (as though I was building a new VTA Amp)? I'm sure I can figure things out for myself, but I like to check things off once and a while. For example, I think the heater wires should be solid and color coded to ensure proper phase, what gauge is recommended? Should I look for a high temperature wire, perhaps THHN or Thermostat wire?
4- The original choke has leaked all over the place, is there a preferred replacement brand/value?
5- Any recommendations with regard to resistor types and where they go? Carbon comp, metal oxide, NOS?
6- New tube sockets-I plan on keeping them black. I've read that a tube socket should be regarded as an important component. I see there are different contact types, gold plated round, cadmium plated finger contacts, what's recommended? Any preferred brands? The original sockets were loose fitting, which I think contributed to ruining a tube and resistor. I'd like to prevent any future problems. I'm not too concerned about cost, but I don't want to waste money either.
Thanks in advance... Rich