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and it's fixed! wasn't really broken, though. the protection relay was a bit wonky, and some of the switches weren't that great, so i polished the relay contacts, cleaned the switches, and adjusted the amp bias (was a bit off, but still within limits). and i survived this cursed design where the heatsink carries high voltage, thanks to the cute warning stickers.

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once again one persons trash pays ava's rent, or at least health insurance 😄
found this on the side of the road just as it started to rain.

more things from the trashpile: this beautiful space-age hifi-system. golden plastic with illuminated touch control buttons, blue scale lights, brushed aluminium everywhere. it's so trash i just have to love it. i have a really hard time deciding against taking this thing home, but i already have a similar system at home (not that much space age, though. no gold. more late 80s blinkenlights). trying to fix the cassette deck (stuck mechanics) and the record player (broken mechanics).

argh. do you see that? that's a hairline crack and an open circuit. thats all. but finding that...well, that took a bit. anyway, it's alive, the internal calibration signal looks kinda ok, that's enough for today. i'm going home. 🙃

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i was feeling lucky, so i just turned it on, and...it kinda works? the tube is alive, there is a dot, but it doesn't move. i mean, it moves manually with the controls, that's nice, but the y-deflection is dead somehow. nothing blew up. 😄

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there was a surprise inside: this thing has tubes. not that many, so far i just found 4, but i thought it was transistorized (it has transistors, but not only). also some of the caps don't look that nice...should i check things first, or just plug it in and see if anything blows? 🤔

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found a leftover connector from a mixing desk, built a quick & dirty adapter plate, works & doesn't look that bad. it's not straight, but neither am i, so who cares. ;)

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i also pulled the (equally disgusting) "made for windows 98" model from another trash pile, it's interesting to see the subtle changes. there's an €-sign now, among other things.

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all it needed was some love (and lots of soap). i didn't even notice there was a two-tone-design going on before. 😁

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now i just need to find that cursed 1960s gdr power connector, or just replace the plug, because fuck that, these cables are impossible to find nowadays

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look what i just found in a pile of unsorted tapes: an original, shiny Маяк reel! in a orwo box, for whatever reason. this is really unexpected & awesome - these soviet recorders were pretty rare in east germany, so the chances of randomly finding original accessories is next to nothing, and i just had this thing under my bed. 😄

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it's working! this was harder than expected. might be another failed investment, because this thing just looks too damn nice to modify it to hell. 😁

selfie, no ec 

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same procedure as every year: am 11.04. feiern wir in wieder die . Und wie jedes Jahr suchen wir wieder schöne space-computer-live-Musik 🚀 Falls ihr oder ähnliches spielt, oder jemand kennt, und da Lust drauf habt, schreibt mir gerne. Es gibt Blinkenlights, nette Nerds & natürlich 💶 :)

spent 14 hours yesterday installing approx. 150m of led strip and soldering connectors for a backdrop for a puppet theatre. all those things i never thought i'd do for minimum wage 😁 (but honestly, i love these kind of jobs, at least i'm helping to create something worthwhile, unlike working in a bar)

bought a soviet tape deck for 5€. the small problem: it's not working. the big problem: the seller, an old guy who "knows electronics", tried to fix it. i found the initial problem pretty much immediately, there is a mute switch for the pause function, it was stuck open, thus no sound. i've now spent several hours trying to undo the bullshit he did. no, replacing all the good soviet capacitors with shitty chinese ones (and breaking pcb traces while doing so) does not magically fix every problem.

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