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Model D service

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:15 am
by the art of noise
I got my Model D (from 1977) one year ago. The seller told me it was never serviced, but I did replace the key bushings after I got it. Last week I took it to a tech to re-cap, clean and calibrate it. He offered two types of el. capacitors, standard and Panasonic. Apparently the standard ones are warmer and the D will sound closer to what it sounds like now, whereas the Panasonic ones can make it sound aggressive with more high end and bass aswell. With this in mind, I'd prefer the standard ones I guess?

Any ideas/advice?

Re: Model D service

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:14 pm
by till
A brandname for the capacitors changing the sound of the minimoog? Never heard about this. If the capacitors are from the same type and value, you won't hear a difference.

Re: Model D service

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:32 pm
by the art of noise
Well, apparently the Panasonic ones are more 'hi-fi' and can result in a more aggressive tone, compared to the standard ones. I'm also a bit puzzled by this, that's why I posted here, to hopefully get some advice. Thanks!

Re: Model D service

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:37 pm
by MC
Your tech sounds like a guitar player. There are a lot of myths being perpetuated around guitar circles like certain brand names of capacitors sounding more aggressive more high end more bass. I'm an EE and I can tell you that is pure unadulterated snake oil. As long as the dielectric and value of caps is maintained, you won't hear a difference. To be fair, there are lousy brands out there but you're unlikely to see them in pro audio gear. There's a reason why I quit hanging out on guitar discussion boards.

Sometimes a crappy capacitor can result in "aggressive" tone. The AC coupling cap after the VCA on my OBX voicecards are tantalums, which are the last type you want in the audio chain. But the OBX is renowned for its dirty aggressive tone and I made it a point to retain them when I restored my OBX. High fidelity is not always the best.

Re: Model D service

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:24 pm
by luckynerd
MC wrote:Your tech sounds like a guitar player. There are a lot of myths being perpetuated around guitar circles like certain brand names of capacitors sounding more aggressive more high end more bass. I'm an EE and I can tell you that is pure unadulterated snake oil.
He speaks the truth!

As someone who has replaced caps on Mini boards at least 2 dozen times (I never counted), I know that all that matters is that the caps are the right value, voltage, and installed correctly.

Re: Model D service

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:59 pm
by sunny pedaal
indeed
having said that , i'd go for the originel ones :-)