Today I thought I’d try out my newly discovered audio restoration skills on my Mom’s old HK amp. After opening it up and blowing away all the dust with a hairdryer (on cold setting) I sprayed the electrical knobs and switches with contact cleaner. Just like the other day, I got amazing results. This thing feels and sounds like new again.
So now I have three nice amps. Two HKs and one NAD. It’s going to take a while to figure out which goes on which floor of the house. But for now, I am keeping this old HK where it is.
At the risk of sounding like an old fogey, I think it is true to say that back in the old days, manufacturers took more pride in their work. With stereos, anyhow, the better brands didn’t want to just sell but also wanted to create a product they could stand by, even boast about.
These days, I get the impression it’s all about the quick sale, knowing this fickle generation will probably be throwing out whatever they buy within 5 years.
I’m not like that. When I buy something, I want it to last as long as it can. I want to use it for as long as I can. So I recycle. A nice hobby. Also very green!
Warning! If anyone is going to try this, be sure to wear good safety goggles and spray in a well-ventilated area, preferably outdoors.