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Model 20 - repair advice needed


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Hi all, I'm new to the forum, so I apologize if this is not the right place to post this question.

I have a KLH Model 20 that I inherited from my dad. No real issues at all for the 50+ years we've been using until the other day. I had just started to play an album -- Zeppelin IV, in case that's relevant ;) -- when it gave a loud bang and white smoke started pouring out. 

I would welcome any advice on what might have happened and how I can fix it, whether this is a DIY or a job for a pro, etc. I'm in the DC area and it looks like the only remaining repair shop nearby is in the process of shutting down, although there are some around Baltimore.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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   It sounds like this is a job for a professional.  Without seeing it I can only guess of course, but maybe the 'bang' was one of the capacitors inside failing from old age? Repairing it should be quite straightforward for a qualified technician. The model 20 is a nice unit, and it's speakers are lovely sounding.

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I agree with Jessi. KLH used notoriously crappy capacitors and they should ALL be replaced. But you need a qualified tech to check if there was any damage done. Smoke is bad. It would also be a good idea to have the Garrard record changer lubed and adjusted.

I don't know any techs in DC. I always use Bristol Electronics here in NJ.

Good luck and welcome to CSP.

Kent

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