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The main light on the front panel went out on my 1980 desk editior. how much to repair?

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  • pdx1240 Feb 04, 2009

    The main light in the front panel of my 1980 is so dim it can barely be seen.Can this be fixed?

  • ooog Feb 24, 2009

    I have the same problem...but I noticed that the longer the deck is on,
    the brighter the lamp becomes. However, it does not gain full
    brightness as compared with my second deck right next to it.


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The display on the AG-1980 goes dim mostly from old age - replacement of the display usually cures the problem, though you may need to replace some or all capacitors in the power supply.

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