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Replacement Caps for a SSL Console?

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by moamps, Feb 15, 2005.

  1. moamps

    moamps Guest

    Hi,

    I've been asked a bit unusual favor of replacing all electrolytic caps in a 30-year old SSL console. Originally, the console was built using Panasonic caps. I'm interested if anyone has had any experience with this sort of thing and might suggest a caps manufacturer for the replacements. There are about 4,000 caps ranging from 1 - 220uF/25V. Of course, we're talking limited budget here.

    Thanks,
    Milan
     
  2. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    There are no 30 year old SSL consoles... are there? That would put 1975 as the first year of manufacture... I don't believe they started building desks until a few years subsequent... neither here nor there. Is the desk an "E series" or the "B series"... the "B series" desks had some rather serious operational issues from what I understand [they used only one VCA in the signal path for both dynamics and automation... which from what I've heard they couldn't really handle all that well].

    As for replacements caps... Panasonics are probably the way to go... you also get a good bit longer life from the 105' caps than from the 85' caps and while they're more expensive on a per unit basis... not having to recap the desk again for an extra few years more than makes up for the upfront expense.

    I would probably source them from "Digi-Key"

    Best of luck with it...
     
  3. moamps

    moamps Guest

    Hi,

    You're right, the console is from the early 80s (E series). However, the caps inside are about 30 years old indeed. :)
    Anyways, thank you very much for your kind assistance. I do appreciate it.

    Best regards,
    Milan
     

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