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Old 12th April 2008, 05:36 PM   #1
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Default noisy rectifier tube

hello there
i have finally got my SE tube amp working.

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however i have noticed that the rectifier tune is making an audible noise, it doesn't sound like a hum more of a sort of creaky squeal. its not that loud and doesn't seem to affect the sound from the speakers.
i noticed that if i clamp my fingers round the tube (when its not too hot off course) the sound is a bit quieter. is this normal

is there potentially something wrong here or is this normal

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Old 12th April 2008, 06:10 PM   #2
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does this noise stop once the rectifier has warmed up?

If so, it just the current rushing into the rectifier and producing a squealing or banging and clanging noise.
I've had the same "problem" with an EZ81 on one of my headphone amps (and I asked about the noise here, too...).

I my case I just added a bit of resistance (220 ohms) before the rectifier tube, and now I have silence.

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Old 12th April 2008, 06:25 PM   #3
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no it seems to continue throughout operation
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Old 13th April 2008, 09:38 AM   #4
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A rectifier to produce a mechanical noise I wouldn't consider normal.
Try a new rectifier...
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