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Old 04-27-2010, 02:10 PM
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Urei 1620

My friend is going to look at a used UREI tomorrow and would appreciate any tips on what to look for etc when looking inside. any help would be hot!
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:16 PM
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There isn't much to look for. It will either have TLO74 or TLO84 op amps. And the inside should look just as neat and clean as when it was brand new.

You will see wear on the faceplate around the knobs, IF it was in hard use at a club, and you would also see the numbers and anodizing around the numbers worn off. If this has a unworn faceplate, the better.

Upon putting some signal through the unit, as long as everything works, and the knobs are noise free during rotation and operation, it's all good.
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:22 PM
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thanks Scott....it was used at the Docks in Toronto until they recently upgraded to "Serato friendly equipment"...so I would imagine it has been used and abused over the years...
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:35 PM
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Most likely the faceplate will show wear around the knobs.

Other than maybe a noisy pot, there isn't much that really ever went wrong with the Urei 1620.
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Old 04-27-2010, 03:28 PM
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Does it have any phono cards fitted?/How many

What are the filter caps like on the PSU? These are usually scorched by the power regs and you can see them visually..

The age of the mixer is printed on the output transformers

Has the mixer been modified?

Any loose connections inside, leads come loose due to cold solder joints etc?

How do the pots feel? Are they smooth? Do they sound ok?

They are old beasts so try to check as much as you can before putting all your money down, if it's got any small faults at least you can start bargaining for a better price.
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Old 04-27-2010, 03:43 PM
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i can add a few

the rca panel on the rear, has the rca connectors really close to eacother, i suppose back in the days when they connected the 12z the plugs were not so thick and they flushed perfectly on the connectors w/o touching eachoter.

Todays RCA heads are so thick that it causes the solder jacks inside to become loose and eventually break off the panel.

Another wonderful thing you should know, check each pot very "closely" one test i like to do is to max out the pot all the way to 10 and check to see if the sound balance is in tact. I had 3 pots that had the leftside side cut out whenever these pots were maxed out, and the other 3 were fine with know issues.

Most vintage Urei's have oxidization on the chassis which is perfectly fine and does not affect the circuitry at all. Hope this helps
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Old 04-27-2010, 03:44 PM
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i don't believe the filter caps on my unit are scorched....

i'll pop it open next week to verify tho'
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Old 04-27-2010, 03:55 PM
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thanks Scott....it was used at the Docks in Toronto until they recently upgraded to "Serato friendly equipment"...so I would imagine it has been used and abused over the years...

i'll bet it didn't actually get much use - everytime i ever saw DJs there they had a pioneer plugged in.

Tenaglia would have been among the few to play that venue who would have actually used it.

edit: just had a vague memory of someone telling me that the Docks might actually have had the one that was in the Twilight Zone. if this is actually true (who knows?), it would actually have had a lot of use over the years.
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Old 04-27-2010, 04:09 PM
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i can add a few

the rca panel on the rear, has the rca connectors really close to eacother, i suppose back in the days when they connected the 12z the plugs were not so thick and they flushed perfectly on the connectors w/o touching eachoter.

Todays RCA heads are so thick that it causes the solder jacks inside to become loose and eventually break off the panel.


Yep, mine has this issue on the third input due to stretching the RCA from the far right side of my console to reach. Been meaning to upgrade to the card with gold jacks....
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Old 04-27-2010, 05:57 PM
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thanks guys. apparently it needs a fuse holder replaced...is that difficult?
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:02 PM
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The fuse holder is easy to replace.
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Old 04-27-2010, 10:32 PM
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thanks Scott....it was used at the Docks in Toronto until they recently upgraded to "Serato friendly equipment"...so I would imagine it has been used and abused over the years...

They maintained their equip. very well.. I'd purchase it right away
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Old 04-27-2010, 10:33 PM
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Tenaglia would have been among the few to play that venue who would have actually used it..

I was just thinking that.. but I've only been there for the Danny T nights
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Old 04-28-2010, 11:45 AM
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I was just thinking that.. but I've only been there for the Danny T nights

even when i saw guys like Derrick Carter and Mark Farina there, they were still playing on pioneers.
i'm sure the generic top 40 hip hop DJs they usually had there would have been freaked out by the Urei even more.
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Old 04-28-2010, 12:06 PM
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even when i saw guys like Derrick Carter and Mark Farina there, they were still playing on pioneers.
i'm sure the generic top 40 hip hop DJs they usually had there would have been freaked out by the Urei even more.


that's funny,i think the only hip hop dj in the world that i know who can rock a urei is funkmaster flex.
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Old 04-28-2010, 03:57 PM
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even when i saw guys like Derrick Carter and Mark Farina there, they were still playing on pioneers.
i'm sure the generic top 40 hip hop DJs they usually had there would have been freaked out by the Urei even more.

Carter I can understand, he rocks the crossfader quite a bit! Farina requested a Urei the last time he played for us though.
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:31 PM
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So funny you say that. I tell this story all the time to these kids that "Oh I need faders to play on, I cant cut on this knob shit.." I went to Tunnel one time on a Friday (actually not knowing it was hiphop night lol) and they had the booth in the middle of the floor setup and Funkmaster Flex was playing. My gawd, he was rockin' the Urei WITH the turntables bouncing all over the place, cutting, scratching, etc. If anyone says it can't be done on knobs or on suspended turntables, I just defer them to Flex and ask them if they're better then him lol

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that's funny,i think the only hip hop dj in the world that i know who can rock a urei is funkmaster flex.
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Old 04-28-2010, 06:51 PM
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:19 PM
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that's funny,i think the only hip hop dj in the world that i know who can rock a urei is funkmaster flex.

make that two - my dude COSMO BAKER.. ask someone like sean thomas, or king britt if you're in philly.
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