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Old 29th July 2012, 07:03 AM   #321
GeirT is offline GeirT  Norway
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Thanks a lot Desmo. I sent Mr. Coleman a PM yesterday as you adviced and are awaiting his instructions.
By reading the forums I now see that the DHT heater issue has a long story that goes some seven years back. Super that the outcome became so positive!

If I manage to realize this build, I'll be eager to going on trying such mods for the heater supply on my Air Tight 300B stereo amp though I've kept it "sacred" (unmodded) so far ;-)

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Old 3rd August 2012, 03:05 PM   #322
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With my Tram II now sounding so much better with the new DHT regulators I'm tempted to go all in a buy a pair of what (might be?) the best 2A3's out there... I'm considering the TJ / Full Music 2A3/SE carbon plate tubes... But they are expensive, so I would love to hear if anyone has experiences with these in the Tram II? Or other 2A3 amp for that matter..!?

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Old 4th August 2012, 04:50 AM   #323
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Default JJ tesla 2a3

I am using these in melody mono blocks. You can find a review on them at sixmoons audio. Clearly more powerful than the original melody's.
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Old 4th August 2012, 08:40 AM   #324
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I am using these in melody mono blocks. You can find a review on them at sixmoons audio. Clearly more powerful than the original melody's.
Thanks Birka, I have tried the JJ 2A3 in my Tram II, nice tubes for sure, here is my review of them (and others): Tram 2 45 tubes I'm looking for even better tubes than the JJ, and better than the Treasure 2A3-Z I'm using now. I think that the best ones out there for the Tram II might be the TJ / Full Music 2A3 SE and maybe the EML 2A3's. I have tried various NOS 2A3's also, but in my experience there are too many problems with them, especially sensitivity for hum...
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Old 6th August 2012, 07:58 AM   #325
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Has anyone tried the Tentlabs Direct Heated Tube Supplies. A link to this site: Tube filament supply Also have any of you tried the Full Music 45 Carbon Plate tubes. About $350 AUD for a pair. Any feedback is appreciated.
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Old 6th August 2012, 09:13 AM   #326
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The Tentlabs heater supplies are current regulators and should be somewhere between the original supplies from the Tram II and the Rod Coleman regarding sound quality, with the Rod Coleman regulators having the best sound. I have not tried them myself, but that's what I understand from others who has tried both, as you can see above I now use the Rod Coleman reguators.

I have just ordered the TJ Full Music 2A3 SE carbon plate tubes. Both the ''c'' version and the ''se'' version are carbon plates, but with different internal construction and different sound with the ''c'' version being more of a ''vintage sound with focus on the midrange''. The ''c'' version is cheaper, so if the aim is a vintage tone, then they are the better option than the -quite expensive- ''se'' versions. I will give my update on these when I have tried the TJ Full Music 2A3 SE in the Tram. Sorry, no experience with the carbon plate 45 tubes, but with all other tubes I have tried so far I find 2A3 the best sounding in the Tram II.

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Old 7th August 2012, 09:19 AM   #327
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Desmo, where are you getting your TJ Full Music 2A3 SE Carbon plate tubes from. Is it a special order. I enquired with Lorenz from WiWi Tubes in Hong Kong and he said the Carbon plated 45 Tubes were a special order.

Do you have any web links to the people who tried both the Rod Coleman and the Tentlab regulators.

Also what voltage are you measuring at the 'Bias' point on your FCUPS Module. Thanks
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Old 7th August 2012, 09:26 AM   #328
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I have ordered the TJ 2A3 SE from Parts Connexion. They list the tubes on their website and I see no mentioning of special order (but they might be) Full Music 2A3/SE Electric Tube, Matched Pair There is a 20% discount summer sale, so I thought it was a good time to order.

DHT regulators, there is a loooong thread on the topic here on diyaudio where both Guido Tent and Rod Colman attend. Guido Tent might not agree but most people agree that the Rod Coleman regulators are superior when it comes to sound: New DHT heater Ther disadvantage of the Tentlabs regulators are, that they are IC regulators and that the strong feedback in these affects the heaters and the sound. The upside is, that they are current regulators and that seems to be a better concept, sonically, than voltage regulators for DHT heating.

Sorry, I don't think I understand the bias from the FCUPS question? What voltage are you referring to? +B? -C? Or do you mean the plate voltage or something? Please clarify...

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Old 7th August 2012, 11:11 AM   #329
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Desmo, At Tram 2 Manual V1.35 at page 17, on the right side of the Power Supply Module, there is a Bias -74V, ABS GND and B+ connections on the terminal block. Does the Bias -74V read -74 volts or is it much higher around -110 volts measuring from the Bias point to ABS GND.

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Old 7th August 2012, 11:35 AM   #330
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Ahh, OK that is the -C voltage then. I don't remember, it's more than a year ago I build the preamp and measured the voltages, so it's long forgotten. I don't remember any voltages being off spec though.

I can check next time I open the preamp.
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