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thetinker 27th April 2009 03:32 PM

grundig tk46 troubleshoot
hi all, i'm new here and was wondering if someone could help me trouble shoot a grundig tk46 reel to reel player. i've always wanted a reel to reel player, but never found an affordable one. i was at a church garage sale and found a very clean tk46 for $1, i couldn't pass it up. i got it home turned it on and got an extremely loud buzz/hum from the speakers. so far the extent of my troubleshooting has been to check all the tubes and wiring and all seem to be ok. i removed the ell80 tube and the buzz went away, but i'm not sure what that tells me. if anyone has had experience with this problem or this unit i would appreciate any advice. thanks

gpapag 27th April 2009 06:23 PM

Hi thetinker

The ELL80 is a dual power pentode.

The buzz went away because you removed the active parts from the output stage (no output power more, no sound coming out) :(

My advice is to:

1. Replace the electrolytic capacitors, especially from the power supply and the cathodes of the audio section tubes. Dried out el. caps are the usual source of buzz
2. Replace the paper caps.
3. Look for shorted (to chassis) wires.
4. Look for burned-out resistors.
5. Find the wiring diagram. Read the DC voltages and current and compare with the measured in your machine.
6. Report back:)


gpapag 27th April 2009 06:35 PM

Service Manual

thetinker 28th April 2009 01:54 AM

thanks george, i appreciate the advice, now i have a better place to start.
i'll get back to you.

aristo1945 17th August 2015 12:08 AM

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Attachment 498903Hello everyone
I am new here from south FL and
I am in to Grundig product's older models
I am trying to survive tk46 open reel recorder and player, local repair shop screwed up my recorder after 8 months, it was playing and recording in one channel after 8 months I went there grab my machine take it home, plugged no noise no motor ,removed back panel aaaaaaaand what I saw drive me craysie.guy who worked on unsolder all the wires from fuse panel and behind fuse mini panel and I don't know what color goes there a gentleman can help me?
deeply appreciate it ( my Email is aramk@

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