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 Post subject: Heathkit or Eico.....or both?
PostPosted: Sep Sun 12, 2021 3:59 pm 
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A few little gems came in today....even on a Sunday lol.

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Any preferences on Heathkit vs Eico? Thoughts, observations or concerns?

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 Post subject: Re: Heathkit or Eico.....or both?
PostPosted: Sep Sun 12, 2021 6:14 pm 
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I always preferred EICO.


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 Post subject: Re: Heathkit or Eico.....or both?
PostPosted: Sep Sun 12, 2021 6:23 pm 
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bob91343 wrote:
I always preferred EICO.


Just a preference or anything specific about them?

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 Post subject: Re: Heathkit or Eico.....or both?
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Either lol. Switches will need cleaning, and any paper caps probably need to be replaced. Resistors have probably drifted some... in mine I elected to just re-mark the front panel with the actual values instead of replacing the resistors.;

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 Post subject: Re: Heathkit or Eico.....or both?
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Barry H Bennett wrote:
Either lol. Switches will need cleaning, and any paper caps probably need to be replaced. Resistors have probably drifted some... in mine I elected to just re-mark the front panel with the actual values instead of replacing the resistors.;


I went through all the resistors last night with my bench meter. They are all spot on. It's from 97 so it's not quite that old.

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 Post subject: Re: Heathkit or Eico.....or both?
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As I remember (it's been a while) the binding posts in the Heathkit capacitor box have more stray capacitance than the Eico unit so the smaller capacitors will actually appear to be higher than the marked value. The function switch in my Eico R=C box had leakage that I couldn't eliminate. That makes the capacitors appear leaky even if the capacitors themselves are fine.

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 Post subject: Re: Heathkit or Eico.....or both?
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Jim Mueller wrote:
As I remember (it's been a while) the binding posts in the Heathkit capacitor box have more stray capacitance than the Eico unit so the smaller capacitors will actually appear to be higher than the marked value. The function switch in my Eico R=C box had leakage that I couldn't eliminate. That makes the capacitors appear leaky even if the capacitors themselves are fine.


Thanks Jim. I'm leaning towards keeping the Eico and reselling the Heathkit after cleaning them up a little. I've had zero chance to play with them all yet and it's affecting my mental health lol. My company leaves tonight so I'm back at it tomorrow.

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 Post subject: Re: Heathkit or Eico.....or both?
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Depending on what you want to do with them, sometimes it is convenient to have two of each kind.

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 Post subject: Re: Heathkit or Eico.....or both?
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Jim Mueller wrote:
Depending on what you want to do with them, sometimes it is convenient to have two of each kind.


I clean them, fix them, test them, get test leads and a manual for them and then I keep what I love and resell the rest on eBay. Hopefully for a profit lol.

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