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Posted by Warren Bendler on March 20, 2004 at 18:40:12:
In Reply to: Re: AU 717 knobs posted by BeatleFred on March 20, 2004 at 11:33:57:
Another way is to find a machine shop that can duplicate the knobs for you. This may be cheaper than it sounds. Especially if you know a machinist. You could also ask at the local High School if someone in the shop class could do it.
: You can try asking some Electronic parts suppliers Online if they have a knob that is as close as possible to the type of the AU-717. If you can send them a photo of the knob, or the whole 717, then they should be able to tell you if they have something like it or not.
: Otherwise, I'd say if you really like the AU-717 alot and plan to keep it for a long time, its a good idea to buy a 2nd AU-717 which you can use as a parts resource unit. The AU-717 was a very popular model, Sansui sold many of them, so finding a non-working, inexpensive one shouldnt be all that difficult. If you are in Europe, check the Ebay listings on Ebay Germany.
: You can also consider buying an AU-717 that is in excellent condition and using that as your main amplifier, and keep the one you have now with the missing knobs as you extra, spare unit.
: Keep in mind, if you are looking for an inexpensive one so that you can obtain the knobs, you dont have to look at just the AU-717, because other models like the AU-517, 417.... use the same type knob, so if someone is selling a non-working AU-517 for example, you can use that. Or even other models like the AU-919, though those are a bit harder to find and more expensive than a 717. I think even the later models like AU-D11 and AU-G77X's knobs would work as well, they have the same black knob and red stripe on them.
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