My first thread here on the Carversite. Very cool site, I've been snooping around it for the past couple of years in preparation for the day when I finally "get around to it" and start working on some Carvers. I do post occasionally over on AK, as I've been working on vintage Marantz/Pioneer/Dynaco type of stuff. But clearly the Carver expertise is concentrated over here, after all this is THE Carversite!
I have always admired Bob Carver's designs since I started reading Stereo Review in the late 70's in high school. I am the original owner of a TFM-25 which I bought new in the early 90's and still have - even still have the original box for it. Anyway, in the past couple of years I've picked up a few Carver pieces on the cheap: a C-2, a TX-2, a Carver receiver (MXR-130?), and a second TFM-25... all of which are totally original and all of which need work.
I got started with the TX-2: it was functional, but one look at the power supply board and I could see it was sketchy. The R501 resistor is a piece of charcoal and once I pulled it, only measures 9.9 ohms instead of the nominal 39. So going to be doing a repair and recap of the power supply board and then will probably leave it at that if there are no other glaring problems.
Next up I began tearing into the C-2 preamp: I love the look of it and it seems to be more than worth a little TLC. Dead on arrival, but I very quickly determined it has an open primary winding on the transformer - not even a blown fuse. So I will be starting a repair thread here and will try to document my work as I ask questions. Hopefully the community will be kind enough to guide me if I go off the rails!
Anyway, super glad I found this site and happy to be here - this is an awesome resource and kudos to all the people who have built it up and participated over the years.
Cheers! - Steve