Quad actually still service them (and all their old gear) at the old Huntingdon site (though now owned by one of the big Hifi brand conglomerate so they service other brands there).
I’ve heard mixed reports as to the quality of work, but their lead time is several months (and shipping is expensive). I have a couple of the 306’s older brother the 520F (the one designed for the BBC and recording studios) and they will need doing next.
Dada don’t do a kit for those unfortunately so this seemed like an easy start
See the Dutch again . The reason you want to replace the caps is that they dry out as well, and even if they measure well at this moment, they become a ticking time bomb.
Beautiful amp, I loved that QUAD set. My dad bought the UHER mini set 10 years before. The Quad was a little larger but in my opinion looked better. Never was able to compare the sound. But Quad was considered reference material at that time.
Bragging to soon about the Dutch, Dada electronics are in Berchem Antwerp. Not far from The Netherlands, but it is Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Holland are only 2 provinces (Zuid Holland and Noord Holland) of the 12 of The Netherlands. Why the English speaking part of the world refers to Holland all the time when they actually mean The Netherlands? Perhaps the reason is that the central government is located in The Hague, Zuid Holland, or Amsterdam, where most of the VOC ships used to leave to sail the world, is located in Nood Holland.
But it’s like calling the entire USA “District Colombia” or “New York”.
As you seem to know the difference between the hot and cold ends of a soldering iron, you get my respect. I’ve sent several 909’s to QUAD for fixed price service and re-cap, on one occasion when I sold one, they serviced it and sent it on to my buyer in Norway and saved a fortune in shipping. I once popped up there and accidentally came back with a pair of QMP’s.
It was all very organised when Rob Flain ran it, for decades, but I understand he has retired.
My ESL63 were rebuilt at Huntingdon, the seller paid £1,450 and I bought them from him for £1,200. After a month the wife intervened and they found a new home. The guy I sold them to said he was buying them for his son, but they turned up in a photo of his house (he does reviews). I was a bit gutted. Should have kept them.
I think my main talent (and this took many years to develop) is knowing when me having a go is a BAD idea, i.e. I know what I’m bad at and what I can manage - I’m probably better deciphering circuit diagrams than I am at doing a perfect job.
Somewhere on this forum is my first impressions of ESLs (the older ones I think) - plus a talking big bird and Ely Cathedral.
Wildly impractical for me, but yes, you probably should have kept them if you have the space!
Having checked the various circuit diagrams etc. (all of which are available, along with service manuals etc. online), the 306 = 606 = 909 = QSP with the only significant difference being output power and PSU size. This pleases me - the 520F is basically half way between a 306 and a 606 but with a bigger PSU, and it looks “right proper serious” too so I’m happy with them.
Having said that, after finishing the 306 it sounds so good I briefly considered flogging the two 520Fs and getting another couple of 306s - easier to work on too!
Nice to have the extra headroom of the 520 I suppose…
Despite this forum being generally “hot” for balanced interconnects (with some good reasons) no one has complained at me removing the balanced input modules (maybe still asleep / working etc. in the US!).
Suffice to say although having a balanced input is nice, most of my preampage is single ended, and building or obtaining a balanced preamp is unlikely.
Add to that, the amp (like most sensible “pro” gear) is single ended inside.
The balancing modules have a tiny input transformers (about 20 mm in diameter max), followed by a very old op amp (the only one in the signal path) - a TL071.
It also has a tantalum capacitor in series with the input (sensible to protect the transformer from DC, but not ideal).
The original designs (e.g. for 306, 606) don’t have them, it’s just a thing that’s often expected by e.g. the BBC who bought hundreds and hundreds of these things and requested the balanced option.