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Old 09-13-2011, 11:06 AM
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Pacific's restore of oldaudioscho's Pioneer SX-1080

Hi, everyone:

Thought you might like to see what became of oldaudioscho's 1080. It started out pretty ugly, with the biggest nasty being a tuning shaft that was bent about 1/4" to the side.

The glass was pretty cloudy on the inside, and the years have taken their toll on the metal.



Here's a look at the chassis:



And a closer look at that bent shaft:



As mentioned earlier in another thread, this one got a full recap, a power supply overhaul, full cleaning and treatment of relays, switches and controls, amplifier repair, a full RF alignment for FM and AM, bias and offset, mechanical repair and a full evaluation. She also got my patented (just kidding) BeautyMaker cosmetic treatment. She is as sweet as she could be, and here's what she looks like now:

After:



Here's lookin' at you, kid:











Just gorgeous. And she sounds absolutely wonderful. Another one saved!


All photos, copyright 2011 Pacific Stereo. All rights reserved, no use without written permission. I better not see these on eBay!
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:56 AM
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nice work! those after pics look right out of a catalog!
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Old 09-13-2011, 12:01 PM
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That looks nice.
Bet it sounds as good as it looks.
You do good work on those old pieces.
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Catalog photos! Has the just out of box look now. Great work P.S.!
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Old 09-13-2011, 01:55 PM
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I like your view from where ever you work. Excellent restore job on that SX-1080. That thing looks like you just took it out of the box.
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Looks great...how did you unbend the tuning knob shaft?? Rob
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Old 09-13-2011, 03:20 PM
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"AMAZING" Thank you. The checks in the mail.....
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Nice work! Bee-oo-tiful!
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Looks great...how did you unbend the tuning knob shaft?? Rob
I SECOND that question! I have a Harmon Kardon 450 with a bent shaft as well!
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I SECOND that question! I have a Harmon Kardon 450 with a bent shaft as well!
Straightening the tuning shaft may be P.S.'s trade secret!
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:36 AM
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Sheesh, guys, I can't give all my secrets away, then no one will need me for anything!
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Is this the one you need the nut-collar for?
Bending shafts involves careful work with a vise and a tool used inappropriately. And, you have to bend VERY slowly.
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Yes, Doc, I used one off of one of my other Pioneers to fix this one. But I think I have one coming from Innovative, so we're good on that front. And yes, what Doc said about inappropriate. <g>
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Ron will be extremely happy to get his Pioneer SX-1080 receiver back and cranking some tunes. Another great restoration by Pacfic Stereo! I have no doubt that PS takes the same pride in his work with each of his client's components, as if it was his own. Come to think of it, with the donation of the part from his own receiver, it's quite befitting.

And I knew the great outdoors shots of the SX-1080 would be coming.

Nando.
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Ron will be extremely happy to get his Pioneer SX-1080 receiver back and cranking some tunes. Another great restoration by Pacfic Stereo! I have no doubt that PS takes the same pride in his work with each of his client's components, as if it was his own. Come to think of it, with the donation of the part from his own receiver, it's quite befitting.

And I knew the great outdoors shots of the SX-1080 would be coming.

Nando.
This is the first time that I have had a piece of gear reconditioned to this extent with the exception of my R2R's. When I look at the pictures PS posted and the one I have of that piece, its hard to believe that its the same receiver.Thanks again Pacific Stereo.
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Yes, Doc, I used one off of one of my other Pioneers to fix this one. But I think I have one coming from Innovative, so we're good on that front. And yes, what Doc said about inappropriate. <g>
Hi P.S., straightening a bent shaft is hair raising to say the least. And true, the best results are to be had with a straight replacement. I salvaged the tuning shaft from a 2.5 for my 16.5 which had a frozen shaft.
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:59 AM
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Pioneer SX 1080!!!!!!!!!

Just gorgeous. And she sounds absolutely wonderful. Another one saved![/QUOTE]

there's nothing I can add to the quote above, except THANK YOU Pacific Stereo................
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Good to hear it made it there in one piece.
Old Pioneers are nice to listen to.
I need to have my 1250 done soon.
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