Yea, Tantalum caps are fine usually but i just prefer not to use them based on my own judgement. Albeit I dont think i have seen very many shorted tantalums. Maybe 6 or so for the 15 or so years ive been repairing electronics. (been doing it since i was a low teen, 27 now). I have seen a crapload of leaky electrolytics both electrically and physically, but i have only seen ONE shorted lytic, and it just so happened to be in a vintage Harmon Kardon receiver of all things, part of the DC protect soft-start circuit.
For the record, I have seen leaky and shorted ceramic capacitors roughly about the same order of magnitude as any other capacitor. Its all a crapshoot. its guaranteed anything electronic will fail eventually. I remember working on the older Hitachi ultravision SD projection sets, and seeing that nicely exploded ceramic capacitor right off the horizontal output transistor in those sets. Always took out the B+ picofuse every time. I even remember seeing a similar issue on zenith sets as well.
Edit: P.S. actually come to think of it, I found another shorted electrolytic. I was working on an Apple multiscan 15" monitor way back in the day, that all it did was power up and shoot a bright squiggly line up the center of the screen and pulsate. Done this every 2 seconds. Turned out to be a shorted and physically leaking small electrolytic and a transistor right next to it in the same circuit. I vaguely remember it being near the flyback in the horizontal stage.
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