- 72 y/o
- been "into" audio since 1960s (McIntosh/Bozak/Benjamin Miracord!)
- I was bird dogging some classical records about 15 years ago,
and this nice old lady just wouldn't let me leave without this ST-70
"It was my husband's, I have no use for it, won't you please take it."
- But "life" dictated that it just "sit", here, for 15 years. But now, the time has come.
- My plan is to get Roy (I think, I hope) to VTA70 it (plus other bells and whistles)
- But before I send it off, I need to do any/all cosmetic work to it that's going to get done.
i.e., I don't want to be doing a bunch of cleaning and polishing around and on top of all of his new work;
best to do all that now, of course.
- Current Status - just dirty, hand oil-y, decades of dust and handling, etc.
i.e., I see no signs of any rust or pitting.
- So Far - I've taken the tubes out and the bottom off.
The inside looks clean! and bright! and spiffy!
EXCEPT - something or things "dripped" onto the bottom in the right rear corner, and the left front corner.
Soft sticky stuff that came off easily with Goo Gone.
- The bottom cleaned up nicely.
- NOW, WHAT I NEED ADVICE ON:
How do I approach cleaning that whole top.
I am not going to be stripping out the board, all the tube sockets, transformers, power transformer, etc.
Whatever I am going to do, I have to do AROUND all of the above.
So I guess my two questions are:
1- recommended materials and "substances" to do the cleaning (and polishing?)
2- I think that I can handle cleaning and shining up the plated chassis (chassis? proper word?).
Especially with some responses to #1 above.
But how careful do I have to be working AROUND all of the things that are still mounted to the chassis?
How careful do I have to be about getting the various solvents/cleaners/polishers I might end up using...
- about getting these things ON the tube sockets and transformers, etc.
I think I will stop here, and let any other comments or things I'm thinking about fall into place further along.
Thanks in advance.
I'm really excited about this little audio project.
But I'm sorta in uncharted waters.
And hoping to get some advice from others who have done this before, so's I won't have to "reinvent the wheel".