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  • 01-31-2012 1:41 AM

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    Just bought a Beolab 5000

    Hi,

    After the Beomasters 6000, 8000 and 4400, I finally found a Beolab 5000 amplifier, sans Beomaster, working with intact lettering. Smile

    A nice project I guess! I suppose some work will still be required, and my pockets aren't deep enough to send it over to Frede!

    Yes, pictures will come!!

    Jacques

  • 01-31-2012 3:45 AM In reply to

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    Congratulations! Smile

    That could give me the motivation to start work on mine as well. It sounds pretty decent as is so I've never even looked inside, but it sometimes makes "pop" sounds while warming up, so I'm sure there are at least some bad solders somewhere.

    I'm far too cheap for a Frede job and I wouldn't enjoy it half as much if I hadn't restored it myself, so... now only to find some desk space somewhere Laughing

    -mika

  • 01-31-2012 4:26 AM In reply to

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    Re: Just bought a Beolab 5000

    Great!

    Let's share this little project, shall we?

     

    Jacques

  • 01-31-2012 5:41 AM In reply to

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    Yes - I'm sure it would be good to have another pair of eyes, so to speak!

    I still have the set in storage at work though, and the weather seems like I'm not going to start my car until next week... I might start over there and bring it home later, though Smile

    -mika

  • 01-31-2012 8:35 AM In reply to

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    I will be watching youCool, I'm saving my pocket money to buy one. So, Jacques and Mika please make a thread like Sonavor Laughing

    And congrats Jacques, I'm dreaming about one of these with the reciever

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  • 01-31-2012 9:00 AM In reply to

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    Re: Just bought a Beolab 5000

    I recently experienced one of these wonderful amps Jacques, and they are gorgeous! Really punchy low end is how the owner described it and he was right! We compared against a Beomaster 3000-2 on phono and the 5000 was clearerin the top end too! The potentiometers are easy to pull apart and clean, just watch out for those little springs and make sure they go back together the same way!

    Hmm, there wasn't really anything I could do to the one I saw apart from replace the amp trimmers and give it a checkup. The caps I spot checked were fine.

    Oh I am not sure if there is some asbestos inside these units between the main PSU cap and the transformer though so please be cautious there!

    I am sure Martin will have the lamps (not to mention lots of invaluable advice as usual!) which are not exactly common - 60v 5w MES types! I got mine from a lamp specialist in the UK.

    Lovely amps which I myself have overlooked in the past. I will probably be on the lookout for one myself now :)

    Olly.

  • 01-31-2012 9:06 AM In reply to

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    I have one in the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" category, but I look forward to this thread! Yes -  thumbs up

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  • 01-31-2012 9:21 AM In reply to

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    And congrats Jacques, I'm dreaming about one of these with the reciever

    Your can fulfill your dreams SorenWhistle

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  • 01-31-2012 9:27 AM In reply to

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    Leslie:
    Your can fulfill your dreams SorenWhistle

    I know Leslie, but the Fabric Selector is he one who gives me the pocket money, but one day soon I will get there

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  • 01-31-2012 10:42 AM In reply to

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    Re: Just bought a Beolab 5000

    Step1:

    Oh I am not sure if there is some asbestos inside these units between the main PSU cap and the transformer though so please be cautious there!

    You're scaring me Olly! [:'(]

     

    Jacques

  • 02-01-2012 7:06 AM In reply to

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    Re: Just bought a Beolab 5000

    A few piccies...

    As you can see, there are a few things to do. How do you get rid of those tuner feet imprints?

    There are a couple of missing screws underneath, and a few rusty ones that won't do. Does Frede make a screw kit? Big Smile Maybe he does, maybe he does...

    The unit is in full working order.

    Now I need the matching tuner (in rosewood)... Damn.

    New photos when I open it!

    Jacques

  • 02-01-2012 7:34 AM In reply to

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    Now I need the matching tuner (in rosewood)... Damn.

    Have 3 mastersWhistle

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  • 02-01-2012 7:40 AM In reply to

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    Re: Just bought a Beolab 5000

    Well Leslie, tell me more... Laughing

    By the way, I'm listening to the Köln Concert on my Beocord 5000/4715 right now. I've rarely heard such beautiful piano from cassette... Who said this machine was junk? Really? 

    Jacques

  • 02-01-2012 8:43 AM In reply to

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    Well Leslie, tell me more... Laughing

    Well, if you have any interest I could sell you one. Give me an offer by PMSmile I have one set complete with the Beovox cubes and Beovox 5000 loudspeakers (beautifull condition, will post pictures of these). If you need a pair of Beovox cubes, have 4 pairs...  

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  • 02-01-2012 8:49 AM In reply to

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    Re: Just bought a Beolab 5000

    So have you auditioned it yet? Let us know what you think Jacques!

    Regards the 'asbestos', if you really need to disturb then maybe worth spraying with a little bit of water (very carefully) if you are worried?

    Olly.

  • 02-01-2012 8:51 AM In reply to

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    Remember this?

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  • 02-01-2012 9:00 AM In reply to

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    Re: Just bought a Beolab 5000

    Oh yes, really impressive job Leslie. 

    Either you'll do one for me or I'll have one of yours with the new slider!

    PM sent.

    Jacques

  • 02-01-2012 9:09 AM In reply to

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    Not sure if I have one with rosewood. Can't see the difference to be honest between all those woodtypes.Embarrassed

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  • 02-01-2012 11:48 AM In reply to

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    Re: Just bought a Beolab 5000

    That is amazing Leslie! Did you have made up or did you do all the plastic work yourself?

    Olly.

  • 02-01-2012 11:53 AM In reply to

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    Did all the perspex work myself with a simple Dremel tool. Great ha and so easy to do (with lots of patience and time)!

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  • 02-01-2012 12:16 PM In reply to

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    Nice looking 5000 - I like the rosewood ones as well. To get the tuner marks off, clean the rosewood - I use linseed oil and white spirit - and then use beeswax to get the beautiful colour back. Definitely get the tuner - best radio I have! The amplifier is quite lively in my experience - it has what sounds like a treble lift though the figures would say not.

  • 02-01-2012 12:23 PM In reply to

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    Re: Just bought a Beolab 5000

    Thanks for the tip Peter. No sanding required then? Smile

    I will get the tuner. But the few I've seen didn't look very nice at all, and they were oak or teak. But there is some hope, eh? Wink

    I don't mind lively amplifiers. And a bit of treble lift is just what I need at my age! Sad

    All my Beomasters have treble cranked up a bit anyway...

    Tim thinks this was deliberate because the speakers of the day needed the treble and bass lifts. He wrote an interesting article in last month's Hi-Fi World, which you have probably read.

    Jacques

  • 02-01-2012 12:30 PM In reply to

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    Re: Just bought a Beolab 5000

    Peter:

    Nice looking 5000 - I like the rosewood ones as well. To get the tuner marks off, clean the rosewood - I use linseed oil and white spirit - and then use beeswax to get the beautiful colour back. Definitely get the tuner - best radio I have! The amplifier is quite lively in my experience - it has what sounds like a treble lift though the figures would say not.

    So how does the combination of white spirit and linseed oil work? Do you use the spirit first then apply the oil?

    Olly.

  • 02-01-2012 2:37 PM In reply to

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    You mix the two together and apply either with a cloth or fine wire wool. Obviously take the top off first!! Work along the grain and it gets rid of all the dirt quickly.

  • 02-01-2012 2:47 PM In reply to

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    Step1:
    So how does the combination of white spirit and linseed oil work? Do you use the spirit first then apply the oil?

    And do it in the garage or outside, linseed oil stinks[:'(], insteed of bees vax I use pure linseed oil.

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