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BM 1900 Stuck on standby

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Tim
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Tim posted on Sun, Mar 21 2021 8:30 PM

I was given a scruffy Beomaster 1900 some time ago and was told it was stuck on standby, I thought it might be a fixable machine and put it away and almost forgot about it. 

I noticed recently on Ebay a couple of these machines with the same problem, both sellers saying it's a "common fault" and an easy repair.
My question is, is it really a common fault, and what needs fixing ?   If it's that easy,  I might be able to bring this old 'gal' back to life again!
Thoughts anyone ?
Tim

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sonavor
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The problem with a Beomaster 1900 receiver that is not working correctly is that it is over 40 years old and desperately requiring restoration. Most of the electrolytic capacitors have values out of tolerance by now. That is the primary reason the Beomaster is not working. There are about 75 capacitors that should be replaced. It is also common that the contact mounts in the one or all of the three slider controls (Bass, Treble & Balance) will need repairing. After those updates a few service manual checks will need to be made and the Beomaster 1900 should be like new again.

You can see some of the capacitor replacements here and here. That will give you a good idea of the basic tasks needed performing. Service manual checks here.

If you are a DIY type person and up to some desoldering and soldering work then you can get the replacement capacitor parts and slider control repair kits from Beoparts.

-sonavor

Tim
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Tim replied on Mon, Mar 22 2021 8:39 PM

Many thanks Sonavor for your information, it seems that when they say "easy fix" on Ebay, they really don't know what they're talking about !
I'm not sure if I'm prepared to spend that much time on a scuffy machine, but I guess it could be good practice (I'm confident at soldering), and if it works - well that would be a bonus !
I might have to lean on you a bit more if I run into problems !
Thanks Sonavor
(Oh, the restoration blog is brilliant !)

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