I just posted photos of the restored SBE 33. Pretty rough when it arrived, and of course, not working. When I checked the oscillators (VFO, HFO, Carrier) I quickly found the HF oscillator was dead. Fortunately- all of the active devices are socketed. Unfortunately, getting at Q3 meant removing shields and tilting the front panel out. E/B/C voltages were all off. Upon inspection, Q3 was a silicon NPN and should have been a Ge PNP. A couple of walks through alignment and a new 12BY7A (subbed for a 12DQ7) and the radio was working. BTW, I had 3 new 12BY7A's and one used. The used one generated 3dB more Po than the new ones.
I changed out the mic gain pot for one with a switch so I could disable filaments when just listening. I also added a Cumbria Designs X-Lock to the VFO (although it was already much better than the SBE 34 VFO's) and an external counter designed to look like the SBE gear. Anyway, the rig is very creatively designed both mechanically and electrically. Faust was way ahead on this one. If you have a chance to acquire a 33 (I prefer it over the 34) pick one up. Where else will you find a rig with a stainless panel and all robins egg blue knobs and escutcheons?http://www.parelectronics.com/vintage-sbe-33.php