but this is a big one and the trigger was finally pulled.
only to result in an expensive doorstop.
with so many red flags obvious from hindsight...
Old stash from a defunct Pacific Stereo store,
ad picture wasn't the same amp,
the seller tested with tiny speakers...
I let it's rarity coerce me into acquisition.
The transistor years ranged from 1973, 1974, 1981, 1984 and 1997!
That's basically a repair timeline.
hooked it up with this "dim bulb tester".
as the glowing light meant a short inside.
The bulb acts as a fuse only allowing 34 watts in,
saved from a smokey mess!
I had to let it go.
I'm spread thin on personal projects,
and this one was out of my comfort level.
I considered parting it out,
but now it's someone else's problem.
but a good learning experience.
Now some freedom to finish our other dozen projects!