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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


    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.

  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


    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,

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