Is the NAD 3020 that good that you are looking to fix something 30 years old rather than buy something new?
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Well considering my pockets aren't as deep as most on this site,yes I like my little amp.For a $5 thrift store find it's hard to beat,and worked great up to a few weeks ago.I do feel it's worth having repaired.For about $200 I think its a fine option.I can appreciate the dilemma of pockets not being deep. Many of us have been there from time to time. All the more reason to be wise with the money you do have.
So why spend $200 to repair an amp that can be routinely be bought used, in working condition, for around $140? This is not using your money wisely. Remember, vintage is fine if your technically inclined. That means doing the repairs yourself! But if you have to pay a shop $200, your $5 bargain suddenly becomes a real bad deal. Save your repair money until you can afford something new. For example, the Marantz PM5004 can now be bought for only $359 brand new. It has a greater power output than the NAD and a phono section too. Think about it.
Given the age of the NAD(30+ yrs), and the number of electrolytics, in the phono section(etc); I have to agree with Paraneer. In order to recapture the original sound of a 3020, after all these years, every electrolytic cap in the unit should be replaced. That cost would be in addition to the not-powering-on repair(which would NOT be an output transistor). That could be as simple as the power switch or as drastic as the power transformer. What's the next component to fail, in a unit of that age?
I keep a nad 7020 around as a spare. It went into one of my systems a year or two back when the preamp there died. It has served so well and sounded so surprisingly good that i keep failing to pull the trigger on something new to replace it and put it back on the bench. If it died however I am sure I would just move on.