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If it ain't broke don't fix it?

Postby hawkster27 » 20 Jan 2018 19:38

I am the original owner of a Denon DP-52F, and it still works great. But, I keep reading about the need to have a complete replacement of the capacitors done before it's "too late." But, I'm reluctant to turn this over to even a reputable repair shop when the 'table is exhibiting no issues. What say you?
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Re: If it ain't broke don't fix it?

Postby Spinner45 » 20 Jan 2018 20:41

The answers are all over the map about "recapping".
Nevertheless, time, age, causes some capacitors to drift out of tolerence, become "leaky" (not really visible leaks) or even short out.
Slight changes in electronic behavior, even unnoticeable ones, can start to happen.
Those Denons with the "electronic tonearm" systems are in my opinion, over-bloated, over-designed Rube Goldberg messes just waiting to fail.

But of course that's my personal opinion, I just think that elegant simplicity is the better way to play a record.
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Re: If it ain't broke don't fix it?

Postby hawkster27 » 20 Jan 2018 21:16

Ha! I don't entirely disagree Spinner. But after 34 years, I guess "waiting to fail" is relative. So I'm thinking I'll stick with the Denon until it breaks and then go with an SL-1200.
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Re: If it ain't broke don't fix it?

Postby kreazyV8wuppo » 20 Mar 2018 23:35

I couldend agree more.
but to prevent serious damadge maybe you could consider a MOT?
like a checkover?
get a specialist to look at it and do some tests.
if he says , no need to fix it, well, at least you know its safe to play.
you don't need to fix it if it issent broke, but like the brake's on your car, you don't want to end up with metal on metal and almost no brake capacity left trying to emergency brake at a school crossing.
you change the brakepads before they run out.

same goe's for your Denon..maybe not broke, but soem things might be at or past there .....

sorry for my typo's im Dutch so not 100% proficiant in english.

good luck with your machine, hope it works out oke for you.

regards Ton
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Re: If it ain't broke don't fix it?

Postby mythrenegade » 21 Mar 2018 03:08

When it quits, please please ship it to me. I’d love it.
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