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Re: [Amps] Alpha 87A - strange power related issue

To: <>, 'Eric Dobrowansky' <>, <>
Subject: Re: [Amps] Alpha 87A - strange power related issue
From: gudguyham--- via Amps <>
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Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2022 13:51:58 +0000 (UTC)
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Eric, most likely you have a problem on the primary start up board. This is 
where the step start is and all the primary wiring gets routed.  Often times 
the sticky tape gets conductive over time and it shorts out the blower traces 
and blows them open.  It’s possible there’s a problem with the step start 
relay.  It’s most likely a problem in this area.  Don’t discount a problem with 
those push on/off switches on the front panel of course.  But do remove that 
primary board and investigate it.  It removes very easily.  Here’s a step by 
step procedure.  1. Pull the transformer plug from the board.2. Remove all 
transformer wires from boards
3. Pull out transformer.4. Remove two screws near the two fuses that hold start 
assembly.5. Remove one nut holding one bracket on opposite side of variable cap 
middle divider. 
The board comes right out along with the AC cord, remove plug if you have to.
Once you get that board out there’s your relay on there etc.  you’ll see that 
sticky tape that hold down the electrolytic cap.  It’s best to remove that tape 
because it will create problems if it hasn’t already.   Just let the cap 
support itself that’s fine.  If you email me personally I can send you some 
photos.  Lou

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On Sunday, October 9, 2022, 8:42 PM, <> 


There is an 87A Email Group.  You can find them here:

You will have to sign up for an "" account and after that you
should be able to query for the Alpha 87A group and request access.

Hope this helps.

Thank you,


-----Original Message-----
From: Amps <> On Behalf Of Eric Dobrowansky
Sent: Sunday, October 9, 2022 7:26 PM
Subject: [Amps] Alpha 87A - strange power related issue

It's been a long time, and I'm not sure if there is a dedicated Alpha 87A
related mail list in existence any longer, so I will go ahead and ask here.

I have an 87A that started exhibiting a strange problem.

When the amp is plugged in, the blower automatically starts, and various
band and segment LEDs illuminate, but the amp does not start up. The LEDs
which illuminate vary each time the amp is plugged in. 

If I try to push the POWER OFF switch, the amp will turn off the blower and
LEDs, but as soon as I release the switch, it returns to the state where the
LEDs and blower are on.

If I push the POWER ON switch, the amp starts up normally. The amp works
fine once it completes the warm-up period. 

If I then press the POWER OFF button to turn the amp off from when it is
fully running, it shuts down properly. IE - all the LEDs turn off, and the
blower stops.

However, if I leave it plugged in, out of nowhere sometime later the above
symptom repeats, and I have to pull the AC plug to get it to shut down

Any recommendations as to where to start troubleshooting?  Maybe a cap going
bad somewhere is pulling down a particular control circuit?


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