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jleon92f
06-22-2011, 09:14 PM
needs some TLC and some minor repair. Works great! so far.
New project.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5070/5862008614_fcef06f5a1_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5862008614/)
sta_2000d_2011 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5862008614/) by jleon92f (http://www.flickr.com/people/12113091@N02/), on Flickr

Very! Heavy amp...

Thanks,
John.:music::D

Live_Wire
06-22-2011, 09:16 PM
Awesome amplifier that's for sure. Only 75 WPC but IMO will drive most any speakers.

Enjoy it!

RossW
06-22-2011, 09:20 PM
I had an STA-2000 for quite a while. It was definitely a solid piece of equipment.

jleon92f
06-22-2011, 09:22 PM
Awesome amplifier that's for sure. Only 75 WPC but IMO will drive most any speakers.

Enjoy it!

Thank you, Built like a tank.

Need to repair the wood panels and clean her up.

Thanks,
John.:music::D

jleon92f
06-23-2011, 09:12 AM
DC offset R/ 7.2 Mv , L/ 26.8 Mv

Protection or speaker relay clicks closed fast when powered up.

Looking good so far.

Thanks,
John.:music::D

Zolton
06-23-2011, 09:44 AM
Need to repair the wood panels and clean her up.


I have one in need of side panel repair too. I found some old solid hardwood table leafs in my basement that were used as shelves. They are about 3/4" thick. I took a belt sander to them and they cleaned up nicely. I'm not sure of what type of wood they are but the grain looks cool. They are going to be the new side panels. I'll post pics when done.

Bogframe
06-23-2011, 09:51 AM
I bought mine new in 1979 and it still works with some minor issues like the left channel dropping out now and again.

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=282599&stc=1&d=1308837032

jleon92f
06-23-2011, 11:30 AM
I bought mine new in 1979 and it still works with some minor issues like the left channel dropping out now and again.

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=282599&stc=1&d=1308837032

Looks great! Want to sell me the 2 knobs I need..LOL.

I have to fix the broken volume control shaft and the selector switch shaft.

Having fun,

Thanks,
John.:music::D

AnalogDigit
06-23-2011, 11:49 AM
Realistic STA 2000 is my favorite Realistic receiver. It has a nice warm sound to it.

TwistedE
06-23-2011, 12:30 PM
From what I can tell, the Realistic sta-2000 has a very tubby sound...I don't know how else to describe it....it's got tons of low end power and the bass is very full and I almost have to lower the bass controls just to get a bit of neutral sound. The receiver definitely likes the lower frequencies and many times this biased sound sounds awesome.

Lastplace
06-23-2011, 07:32 PM
From what I can tell, the Realistic sta-2000 has a very tubby sound...I don't know how else to describe it....it's got tons of low end power and the bass is very full and I almost have to lower the bass controls just to get a bit of neutral sound. The receiver definitely likes the lower frequencies and many times this biased sound sounds awesome.

I picked one up awhile ago, just hooked it up to my OLadvents and found the same thing. Tons of low end base. Seems to have plenty of power for just 75 watt/ch.

I'm becoming an old school Realistic fan :thmbsp:

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=377154

jleon92f
06-23-2011, 07:39 PM
Cleaning inside now. Phase 1.

Thanks,
John.:music::D

Dormie
06-24-2011, 12:44 AM
hello,

does anyone have the schematic for STA-2000,

thank you

jleon92f
06-24-2011, 07:44 AM
I have one in need of side panel repair too. I found some old solid hardwood table leafs in my basement that were used as shelves. They are about 3/4" thick. I took a belt sander to them and they cleaned up nicely. I'm not sure of what type of wood they are but the grain looks cool. They are going to be the new side panels. I'll post pics when done.

Sounds like a great idea for a fix. Waiting to see how yours turned out.

Thanks,
John.:music::D

jleon92f
06-24-2011, 08:23 AM
I am thinking of replacing my KR-7200 with this receiver, only (1) phono input on the 2000d. Would have to use the AUX for the other TT.


Thanks,
John.:music::D

Zolton
06-24-2011, 09:15 AM
I think a TT requires a phono specific input no?

71Challenger
06-24-2011, 10:30 AM
hello,

does anyone have the schematic for STA-2000,

thank you

Here ya go....

sta-2000.pdf (http://www.mccabepro.com/audiokarma/sta-2000.pdf)

Lastplace
06-24-2011, 10:46 AM
Here ya go....

sta-2000.pdf (http://www.mccabepro.com/audiokarma/sta-2000.pdf)

thanks!

jleon92f
06-24-2011, 11:50 AM
I think a TT requires a phono specific input no?

You can use an external Pre-amp to the AUX input.

Thanks,
John.:music::D

jleon92f
06-26-2011, 11:09 AM
I have some vinyl covering and was testing the look.


http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5112/5873231572_44336f10ba_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5873231572/)
light_color_wood_grain_vinyl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5873231572/) by jleon92f (http://www.flickr.com/people/12113091@N02/), on Flickr

it should look ok. Lighter than the original color.

Thanks,
John.:music::D

jleon92f
06-26-2011, 04:00 PM
I have to repair the shafts...flattened the bottom out...


http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?p=4765251#post4765251

Thanks,
John.:music::D

Dormie
06-27-2011, 10:47 AM
Here ya go....

sta-2000.pdf (http://www.mccabepro.com/audiokarma/sta-2000.pdf)

hello Challenger,

very much appreciated,
thank you

jleon92f
06-27-2011, 11:22 AM
Here ya go....

sta-2000.pdf (http://www.mccabepro.com/audiokarma/sta-2000.pdf)

Thank you.

John.:music::D

anytune
06-27-2011, 12:16 PM
My STA-2000D is the first unit for which I have tried building replacement side panels. Admittedly, I am no woodworker, but a friend of my friend is pretty handy with a table saw. I found a nice shelf piece at a thrift store that happened to be the exact width and thickness, so all we had to do was cut the proper lengths and drill mounting holes. I'm quite pleased with the results. (BTW, if the round black spacers for the mounting holes are stuck in the original panels, rubber plumbing inserts work great.)

jleon92f
06-27-2011, 05:49 PM
Got some parts for the repair...ACE is the Place!

I felt like a kid in a candy store, ACE has Everything! Ilse of nuts and bolts.

And the staff is very helpful.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5195/5878254719_9b7eeedccf_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5878254719/)
repair parts... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5878254719/) by jleon92f (http://www.flickr.com/people/12113091@N02/), on Flickr

Thanks,
John.:music::D

jleon92f
06-27-2011, 06:00 PM
My STA-2000D is the first unit for which I have tried building replacement side panels. Admittedly, I am no woodworker, but a friend of my friend is pretty handy with a table saw. I found a nice shelf piece at a thrift store that happened to be the exact width and thickness, so all we had to do was cut the proper lengths and drill mounting holes. I'm quite pleased with the results. (BTW, if the round black spacers for the mounting holes are stuck in the original panels, rubber plumbing inserts work great.)

Looks nice!

Thanks,
John.:music::D

Clint
06-28-2011, 02:29 PM
I had an STA-2000 for quite a while. It was definitely a solid piece of equipment.
I agree.

jleon92f
06-28-2011, 05:43 PM
Shaft is coming along...

Thanks,
John.:music::D

jleon92f
06-29-2011, 08:15 AM
Almost done...:banana:

Thanks,
John.:music::D

Zolton
06-30-2011, 08:22 AM
anytune; the replacement side panels you built look great.
jleon92f; the vinyl ones you fashioned turned out well too.
It may take me a few weeks or more to finish the ones I had planned (out of the table leafs) but I'll post pics back here when I'm done.
jleon92f; your 2000D looked pretty beat up when you got it but it's coming along well. It seems these old buggers didn't get much respect back in the day and were abused more than usual. The fact that they still work and sound great to boot is a real testiment to the original build quality.

anytune
06-30-2011, 09:15 AM
Thank you jleon and Zolton. I think the STA-2000D is a great sounding unit and well worth the effort.

jleon92f
07-01-2011, 03:11 AM
anytune; the replacement side panels you built look great.
jleon92f; the vinyl ones you fashioned turned out well too.
It may take me a few weeks or more to finish the ones I had planned (out of the table leafs) but I'll post pics back here when I'm done.
jleon92f; your 2000D looked pretty beat up when you got it but it's coming along well. It seems these old buggers didn't get much respect back in the day and were abused more than usual. The fact that they still work and sound great to boot is a real testiment to the original build quality.

Thanks, this one is from AZ, there is a # scratched on the bottom. The sound is amazing so far. I am going to hook it up to a system this weekend.

I buy a lot of components from the recycling plants out of piles of stuff, thats must be how they get beat up.

Thanks again.
John.:music::D

haromaster87
07-01-2011, 05:31 AM
Hey man, your STA-2000 looks like it's coming along great so far. I had to do a shaft replacement on mine too. I used a barrel adjuster from a bicycle brake for mine. A lot like what you designed. And mine's working great. Mine was in pretty rough shape when I got it. Missing most of the knobs and stuff. I went to my local radioshack and picked up some universal knobs. I had to mod the shafts a bit to make them fit perfect, but once I did, it looked great. I also lost the dual concentric bass/treble function, but I just centered them out and didn't worry about it.

It's one of the best sounding receivers I've ever heard. While it was rated at 75wpc, it's pretty common for 3rd party bench test to show the range of 100wpc. I have mine powering my Mach Ones. Truly a match made in heaven. I picked up both the receiver and the Machs for $30. With some work, amazing sounding setup. Even for what they cost new, they shouldn't have sounded that good. lol

jleon92f
07-01-2011, 07:45 AM
Hey man, your STA-2000 looks like it's coming along great so far. I had to do a shaft replacement on mine too. I used a barrel adjuster from a bicycle brake for mine. A lot like what you designed. And mine's working great. Mine was in pretty rough shape when I got it. Missing most of the knobs and stuff. I went to my local radioshack and picked up some universal knobs. I had to mod the shafts a bit to make them fit perfect, but once I did, it looked great. I also lost the dual concentric bass/treble function, but I just centered them out and didn't worry about it.

It's one of the best sounding receivers I've ever heard. While it was rated at 75wpc, it's pretty common for 3rd party bench test to show the range of 100wpc. I have mine powering my Mach Ones. Truly a match made in heaven. I picked up both the receiver and the Machs for $30. With some work, amazing sounding setup. Even for what they cost new, they shouldn't have sounded that good. lol

Thank you, I enjoy the bringing it back to life part. I am going to put this in my vintage system for a while to see how it sounds with some good EPI speakers. It will replace my Kenwood KR-7200 that needs to be service anyway.

Have any pictures of your STA-2000D?

Mine so far..

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5320/5887986945_ce2e51e1e9_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5887986945/)
STA-2000D Realistic. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5887986945/) by jleon92f (http://www.flickr.com/people/12113091@N02/), on Flickr


Thanks,
John.:music::D

jleon92f
07-01-2011, 11:26 AM
Fixing the selector shaft today, JB weld...half of it is still there.

I put wood filler on the side panels to fill in the gaps.


Thanks,
John.:music::D

jleon92f
07-02-2011, 01:59 PM
Cleaned the knobs..

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6044/5894673416_fd096d6690_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5894673416/)
IMG_1145 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5894673416/) by jleon92f (http://www.flickr.com/people/12113091@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5319/5894673578_28ccbaa324_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5894673578/)
IMG_1156 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5894673578/) by jleon92f (http://www.flickr.com/people/12113091@N02/), on Flickr

Just have to finish the side panels..and get (1) knob..am bulb is out too..

Thanks,
John.:music::D

mashaffer
07-02-2011, 06:16 PM
Gawd, she's pretty!

jleon92f
07-02-2011, 09:02 PM
Gawd, she's pretty!

Thanks,it still has some wear on her but she still looks good and sounds pretty too, reason I am keeping this one.

See how it sounds tomorow in my vintage system.

Thanks,
John.:music::D

Copa1934
07-02-2011, 09:13 PM
needs some TLC and some minor repair. Works great! so far.
New project.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5070/5862008614_fcef06f5a1_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5862008614/)
sta_2000d_2011 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5862008614/) by jleon92f (http://www.flickr.com/people/12113091@N02/), on Flickr

Very! Heavy amp...

Thanks,
John.:music::D
Recently acquired the 2000 a couple months ago. Just needed cleaning, looks and runs great. Been very pleased with it so far. Mach One's sound best, so far, with this receiver. Just acquired some AR-3a's and might give them a try, but not looking forward to carrying the buggers upstairs. Not at all.

jleon92f
07-03-2011, 08:30 AM
Recently acquired the 2000 a couple months ago. Just needed cleaning, looks and runs great. Been very pleased with it so far. Mach One's sound best, so far, with this receiver. Just acquired some AR-3a's and might give them a try, but not looking forward to carrying the buggers upstairs. Not at all.

I once carried by myself a SX-1250 Pioneer! A friend wanted me to look at.

That was a mistake..

I should have the side panels done today and in my LR system this afternoon!
Repaint the top, Etc...

It will be hooked up to some test speakers 1st, KLH 911B bookshelf model.

Rated @ 5-100watts. Very efficient speakers.


Thanks,
John.:music::D

Copa1934
07-03-2011, 04:08 PM
I once carried by myself a SX-1250 Pioneer! A friend wanted me to look at.

That was a mistake..

I should have the side panels done today and in my LR system this afternoon!
Repaint the top, Etc...

It will be hooked up to some test speakers 1st, KLH 911B bookshelf model.

Rated @ 5-100watts. Very efficient speakers.


Thanks,
John.:music::D
I just tested the AR's (which I have a separate post on) on my HT system just to find out how they sound and they need work so I'm glad I didn't carry them upstairs first. Those buggers weigh a ton. They're not much bigger than my L88's, but the latter feel like featherweights by comparison. My fisher RS-1080 receiver weighs just a tad over 70 lbs. I had my daughters BF help me with it upstairs. We may be stuck in this house the rest of our lives unless someone helps me bring it back down, should we decide to move. Those receivers are so cool, but as you get older, it's not as fun anymore (to carry anyway).

jleon92f
07-03-2011, 06:08 PM
OK, it is all done!


http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5273/5898444347_722bac498b_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5898444347/)
all_done_2011 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5898444347/) by jleon92f (http://www.flickr.com/people/12113091@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5312/5899038818_08a32d056d.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5899038818/)
Vinyl Covering. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5899038818/) by jleon92f (http://www.flickr.com/people/12113091@N02/), on Flickr

Need to setup some different speakers. Some day I will get the right knobs.

Thanks,
John.:music::D

Copa1934
07-03-2011, 07:01 PM
OK, it is all done!


http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5273/5898444347_722bac498b_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5898444347/)
all_done_2011 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5898444347/) by jleon92f (http://www.flickr.com/people/12113091@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5312/5899038818_08a32d056d.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5899038818/)
Vinyl Covering. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5899038818/) by jleon92f (http://www.flickr.com/people/12113091@N02/), on Flickr

Need to setup some different speakers. Some day I will get the right knobs.

Thanks,
John.:music::D
Bloody hell, those sides look nice. Are you talking about the speaker source selector and the volume? Only ones that appear different.

Nice work.

jleon92f
07-03-2011, 07:16 PM
Bloody hell, those sides look nice. Are you talking about the speaker source selector and the volume? Only ones that appear different.

Nice work.

Yup, that was the only knobs I had to replace them with for now after he shaft repairs. It will get tested well tomorrow!

Thanks,
John.:music::D

Lastplace
07-04-2011, 07:36 AM
John,
Here's a shot of my 2000D. Your display lights are so white, LEDs?

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=284883&d=1309779402

jleon92f
07-04-2011, 07:48 AM
They are the bulbs that were in there, I replaced one, waiting for another set in the mail so they would all be the same. Could be the camera settings too!

stanley 8v 0.3a bulbs original. I put one 14v car bulb in for now that burnt. It is done for now, I will change the side panels to real wood in the future. I wanted to see how the vinyl covering looked.

Thanks,
John.:music::D

Elfasto
07-04-2011, 08:09 AM
OK, it is all done!


http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5273/5898444347_722bac498b_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5898444347/)
all_done_2011 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5898444347/) by jleon92f (http://www.flickr.com/people/12113091@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5312/5899038818_08a32d056d.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5899038818/)
Vinyl Covering. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/12113091@N02/5899038818/) by jleon92f (http://www.flickr.com/people/12113091@N02/), on Flickr

Need to setup some different speakers. Some day I will get the right knobs.

Thanks,
John.:music::D

Pretty damn good job! :)

jleon92f
07-04-2011, 09:40 AM
Pretty damn good job! :)

Thank you, coming from you it is a honor. I love Realistic components.

I had to Sell off most of my collection to stay afloat.

Thanks,
again,
John.:music::D

jleon92f
07-04-2011, 12:24 PM
OK, I am playing the receiver in the LR with the Advent AS42 speakers!
Very powerful amp! fills the room with 10 o'clock volume setting!

Sound is smooth and clear! Sinatra sounds live!

Still need to play some LP's.

Thanks,
John.:music::D

mashaffer
07-04-2011, 01:11 PM
OK, I am playing the receiver in the lR with...

OK, I am going through the list and not coming up with what this could be...

Living Room
Dining Room
Bedroom
Bathroom
Den
Library
Kitchen
Laundry Room
Work Room
Garage
Smoke House
Carriage House
Pool Room
Conservatory
Hall
Study
...

Can't find a fit...

Need a head scratcher emoticon here...

jleon92f
07-04-2011, 01:31 PM
OK, I am going through the list and not coming up with what this could be...

Living Room
Dining Room
Bedroom
Bathroom
Den
Library
Kitchen
Laundry Room
Work Room
Garage
Smoke House
Carriage House
Pool Room
Conservatory
Hall
Study
...

Can't find a fit...

Need a head scratcher emoticon here...

Living Room..I may have hit the wrong key.

Thanks,
John.:music::D

Malone
07-04-2011, 05:08 PM
Like this Tandy Stuff.

Its getting more and more difficult to get the Big ones in Europe.:no:

jleon92f
07-06-2011, 08:29 AM
They are hard to find in good working condition here too.

Thanks,
John.:music::D

AnalogDigit
07-06-2011, 08:52 AM
Look great. If anyone has a mint Realistic receiver, I would suggest holding on to it.

jleon92f
07-06-2011, 10:54 AM
Look great. If anyone has a mint Realistic receiver, I would suggest holding on to it.

Mine worked fine, it was just the cosmetics that needed attention.

Thanks,
John.:music::D

nocents
07-13-2011, 11:54 PM
I'm holding onto all of mine.....just picked up another STA-2000 today that was on CL......a little pricey at $100.....but it appears to be mint...that makes a pair of 2000's... one 2000d...and my STA-2100 that has passed the sansui G-7700 as the "go to" system...:yes:......and it just looks so darn cool lit up....:D........

jleon92f
07-14-2011, 07:03 AM
Very Nice score! Enjoy..

Thanks,
John.:music::D

anytune
07-14-2011, 09:31 AM
OK, it is all done!

Your side panels look just like mine! Really brightens her up, doesn't it? You did a great job on the restore. Enjoy!

lawntrctrnut
03-26-2013, 09:24 AM
Anyone wanting to repair the walnut vineer end caps can do the same as I did to my Realist 2080. I replaced them with real walnut and stained them with a clear finish. Turned out beautiful!

jleon92f
03-26-2013, 12:43 PM
My STA-2000D is in need of servicing. I took it out of rotation.

Not bad for $5.00. It lasted a while.

Thanks,
John.:music::D

jleon92f
06-24-2013, 04:33 PM
Needs new output drivers and Recap it seems like.:scratch2:

Nice receiver,need to make more time for this repair.

John.:music::D