things i like about old electronics: you open up the case, and there's an envelope glued to the inside that contains the complete schematics and calibration instructions. a bunch of companies did that until the early 80s, too bad it never really caught on and just stopped at some point.
more things i like: service positions. boards mounted on hinges, and cables that have sufficient slack. it's more expensive in production, but the person servicing your product is most likely the same person selling your product, so you are nice to them, and they like you and recommend your product. anyway, i finished this nice machine - new belts, freshly lubricated, replaced two capacitors and adjusted some things. ready for action, i'm going to do a tape-dj-set at the local radio on monday.
@aurora i suppose it is adding flammable things to the electronics.
Somebody invent cheap inflammable paper.
@jasper there used to be some devices with (mostly rudimentary) schematics printed onto plastic or metal parts of the case. but yeah, things have gotten so small and complex that this isn't really an option anymore.
@aurora I pretty much abandoned hardware in the mid to late 80's.
Doing board repairs simply disappeared. No schematics, teensy smt boards, no access to parts anyhow or xrefs.
S/w and networking snuck in to replace my childhood passion.
@aurora so sad today most things are meant to be unrepairable…
@aurora this should just be mandatory.
Even in the 80s most computer manuals had partial or even complete schematics…
@aurora mfgs stopped giving out specs when they decided they could sell specs and "licences" for being technicians. those expenses caused running an independent electronic repair shop to became much less easy and profitable. ran most of them out of business.
@aurora Yep, one of the best things about working on old electronics. I think it died off because unscrupulous folks used the schematics to make clones of the device. At least, that's what happened with most coin-op games (which are my jam).
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