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Amber Model 7 Issue / Bad Cap or ???

Posted on September 17, 2016 at 15:10:50
Apogee Bob C

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Location: Motor City
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I recently purchased an Amber Model 7 at a bankruptcy auction. The reviews were good so I figured this would be a good, inexpensive buy!

The AM section works great but the FM section does not work at all. If I attempt to scan stations automatically, the tuner quickly locks up around 93.1 -- I have to turn off the tuner to do anything else. I can manually scan the "dial" but do not get the hint of a station and the signal strength indicators do not even blink (they work fine for AM).

I've replaced the fuses and applied contact cleaner to all the switches. No luck. On examining the board, I found one capacitor that looks suspect: it's rounded on top and the color of the top has shifted blue (please see photo). I'm not sure whether this is cause or coincidence.

Can an expert venture whether this possible capacitor issue is sufficient to cause the issues that I've described or is there something else wrong? Should I try to repair the tuner or just try to get a few bucks "for repair or parts" on fleabay?

Bob Carr


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It is bulged, which is usually a good sign it has a problem, so replace it., posted on September 19, 2016 at 00:46:13
Timbo in Oz

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Location: Canberra - in the ACT - SE Australia
Joined: January 30, 2002
June 25, 2014

You may find other issues after that.

Amber tuners are good sounding tuners, but need a goo antenna.


Tim Bailey

Skeptical Measurer & Audio Scrounger


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