Lifting the sentry on a MacIntosh MC50

Lifting the sentry on a MacIntosh MC50

Postby williamsaut » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:11 pm

Hello everyone, I purchased an MC50 and want to disconnect the sentry to hear what the clipping sounds like. When I compared the diagram at Waldo's site to the MC50 it doesn't look the same. There's no PC board in the 50 that looks like the one shown for the 2300. I was able to find the schematic drawings for the 50 online and can't really tell where the sentry is located in the circuit and on what board. Anyone here know what board it's on and what components to lift? Waldo's site shows 4 components to lift and which end of each component to unsolder. If I had this info for the 50, I'd use a 4pole single throw switch and wire the loose components back to the board through the switch thus having an on/off for it. Any help is appreciated.


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Re: Lifting the sentry on a MacIntosh MC50

Postby williamsaut » Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:48 am

An update to this post, I found elsewhere on this blog, someone who had sent his MC-50 to Classic Tube Audio to get it modded and checked out, So I contacted Pat Hickman there and he will check it out and mod the power jack as well as the Sentry lift switch and all for a very reasonable price.
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Re: Lifting the sentry on a MacIntosh MC50

Postby Smolder » Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:17 am

there is a lot of talk about that mod (on macs in general) if you search for it. Seems like Waldo, Brad and others have weighed in regarding whether this was actually done on Jerry's rig. Having read through it a year or two ago, I concluded that it wasn't worth my time or effort and moved on. YMMV. There is also a lot of good mac tech info on some of the older hifi forums. A lot more folks used these mac;s for that than guitar, so the bulk of information about them is there. Best of luck!
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Re: Lifting the sentry on a MacIntosh MC50

Postby Jon S. » Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:07 am

williamsaut wrote:An update to this post, I found elsewhere on this blog, someone who had sent his MC-50 to Classic Tube Audio to get it modded and checked out, So I contacted Pat Hickman there and he will check it out and mod the power jack as well as the Sentry lift switch and all for a very reasonable price.

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Re: Lifting the sentry on a MacIntosh MC50

Postby mgbills » Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:40 am

Pat rocks!
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Re: Lifting the sentry on a MacIntosh MC50

Postby Jon S. » Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:28 am

mgbills rocks, too (he's the one who referred me to Pat!). :hail:

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Re: Lifting the sentry on a MacIntosh MC50

Postby mgbills » Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:56 am

Thanks Jon.
I'm forgetting what that toggle switch is doing?

I do feel like Pat is a guy who really understands McIntosh architecture.
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Re: Lifting the sentry on a MacIntosh MC50

Postby williamsaut » Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:23 pm

Thanks, Jon S. for speaking up. I had scanned through so much here that when the FYD MC-50 combo popped up I stopped on that. I too decided on the FYD over the Sarno preamp mainly because I wanted to be as much of a purist as possible and the eyelet wired tube drivin spring reverb preamp appealed to me.

I found that I couldn't run the output of the preamp at max without clipping the MC50 at the peaks, not a nice clipping either. I looked inside the amp and found a small blue pc board with an LS471 OP amp chip on it wired from the input to the preamp board and new that was not original ( IC chips didn't exist in 1970 ). So I'm glad to have found someone who will give my amp the once over so I know I'm starting with 100%. When it comes back I"ll give it another shot. Overall the sound is great but maybe it can sound better. Who knows I may end up getting the Sarno to boot. I've also got a H&K bluesmaster that also sounds great. Perhaps I can send it out to Shakedown amps and have him go through it. Maybe put it all in one rack along with an ADA 2FX and a Lexicon PCM60 and A/B/C them on stage!! No better way to compare.

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Re: Lifting the sentry on a MacIntosh MC50

Postby Jon S. » Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:09 am

Interesting. I found my FYD - MC50 combo sounds best with the FYD's output dimed. But I have not had to turn my MC50 up above a quarter on the volume knob, it's so damn powerfully loud (admittedly I've not yet gigged with it, though I've used it now at several band practices which were at a small club volume level). Perhaps (if not probably) once Pat updates/services your unit generally, you may find that the "clipping" issue is resolved as a consequence and no more changes are needed.
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Re: Lifting the sentry on a MacIntosh MC50

Postby Jon S. » Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:12 am

mgbills wrote:Thanks Jon.
I'm forgetting what that toggle switch is doing?

I do feel like Pat is a guy who really understands McIntosh architecture.
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The toggle switch is the unit's new off-on switch. Handy!
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Re: Lifting the sentry on a MacIntosh MC50

Postby mgbills » Wed May 01, 2013 7:57 am

Ooooo. A tantalizing thought! Perhaps he could do a standby switch.

Intriguing.
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Re: Lifting the sentry on a MacIntosh MC50

Postby Jon S. » Wed May 01, 2013 11:42 am

mgbills wrote:Perhaps he could do a standby switch.

There would be no purpose for one that I could see for a solid state power amp (but maybe I'm missing something ...).
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