I did print out the manual and schematic and calibration testing (tho that one is hard to read)
I saw the Merren website. He says outright that he is actually not big on the 3444's, that the are just OK.
Needless to say, he hasn't returned my email, inquiring about restoration. An audio amateur tinkerer friend of mine seems to think that the 3444 may be running ok with just the cap replacement.
Apparently, he has had this kind of luck!
Today, I am trying to order the replacement caps. I've found perfect spec replacements for all of them except the biggest on - a 50uF/350VDC cap. It is about the size of the M80s we used to get from the Indian Reservations around the 4th of July.
But hopefully these won't blow up!
In any case, I have found some 47uF/350VDC caps, and Im wondering if the 3uF difference b/w the 47 and 50uFs is significant, or not?
O/w, the closest I can find to a 50/350 is a 50/450VDC, a 100VDC difference.
Which would be better/worse (depending on how one looks at it) to replace the 50/350 with:
A. the 47uF/350VDC or
B. the 50uF/450VDC ?