Charlie, I have an Alpha 77D which also had the sticky paint issue on the
covers. I bought a set of panels from Frontier Engineering in CO, but they
only had the 77SX panels available. They're pretty, not sticky, and they add
3 dB in bragging rights, with no increase in the electric bill!
BTW, Alpha does occasionally have the panels available; with the new
management, it might be worth bugging them about panels again.
You will love them amp. I've had this one for 25+ years, and the only time
I had a problem was when I loaned it to a friend who dropkicked it.
In a message dated 5/30/2010 2:02:04 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
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> Date: Wed, 26 May 2010 23:18:08 -0500
> Subject: [Amps] Alpha 77DX
> I have purchased a one owner Alpha 77DX, from the estate of a recent SK.
This amp had little use, and to the best of my knowledge was not used at
all since about 1981/83. The original invoice (1977) and manual came with it.
I brought it back to life carefully, taking the necessary precautions with
the tube. It works flawlessly. There are a couple of issues.
> First, it has the well known sticky paint problem. I have researched the
archives, and looked on Alpha's site. New top and side panels are
available, as is the face plate for a 77SX. I have no intention of putting a
tube in this, so would rather not put an SX panel on it. Anyone aware of
another option for obtaining a new front panel, or having this one redone?
> The inside is in mint condition and looks new, but there is a slight
trace of oil only on the top of the capacitor, so it is leaking. From the
archives, this seems to be a common problem. Are folks replacing this with
another oil filled cap or have banks of electrolytics been retrofitted as a
fix? Any current sources for replacement caps?
> I have always wanted one of these. It is a beautiful amplifier inside,
very heavy duty construction compared to my other amplifiers.
> Any suggestions will be appreciated.
> 73 Charlie N8RR
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