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Old 25th May 2009, 05:45 AM   #1
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Default Tubelab SE socket raise

I've seen various methods and materials used here to raise tube sockets for Tubelab SE amp and I thought I should share my latest and possibly the easiest way to raise the input tube sockets. No cutting, no drilling.

Here are what's needed besides 9 pin PC mount socket with a whole in the middle. 9 pin socket saver (cheap on ebay), 1 1/4 inch long #6 screw, nut and washer.
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Unscrew the existing one from the socket saver, slide it into socket, then put new screw and tighten it (not too hard or you may crack the ceramic socket).
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Then you can solder it to the circuit board. You can use one socket saver or two for additional height. Note, there may be a problem with impedance if the raised distance gets too long.
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Here's a finished view. This one uses 2 socket savers.
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I may post one for raising rectifier and output tube sockets later this week. Those do require drilling the circuit board though.
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Old 25th May 2009, 03:23 PM   #2
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Brilliant! Get those 5842's standing tall!

Of course I've already soldered my 9 pin sockets to the PCB. I can see hours of fun using needle-nose pliers to try to get the nut started without unsoldering the socket.
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Old 25th May 2009, 04:29 PM   #3
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Of course I've already soldered my 9 pin sockets to the PCB. I can see hours of fun using needle-nose pliers to try to get the nut started without unsoldering the socket.

Try desoldering iron . I did and it's a piece of cake.
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LOL...this is exactly what I am doing on my Tubelab SE. In fact, the "socket savers" will be flush-mounted to the top plate while the rectifier will be recessed. The output tubes are going to be more complicated as I am not using the ones on the PCB....

George has issues with high-frequency oscillation and recommends raising the grid stopper and using a carbon-comp resistor there. I have done both, but I am wondering if the extra distance from the stopper may bring back the gremlin. I took one of those socket savers apart and it seems like there is plenty of room to put the grid stopper right in there.
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Old 25th May 2009, 04:55 PM   #5
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George has issues with high-frequency oscillation and recommends raising the grid stopper and using a carbon-comp resistor there. I have done both, but I am wondering if the extra distance from the stopper may bring back the gremlin. I took one of those socket savers apart and it seems like there is plenty of room to put the grid stopper right in there.
You mean R31 and R32? Yeah, I already replaced them per Tubelab instruction and I haven't noticed oscillation even with the raised tube sockets. I'm using 2 socket savers for each input tube.
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Old 25th May 2009, 04:58 PM   #6
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Of course I've already soldered my 9 pin sockets to the PCB. I can see hours of fun using needle-nose pliers to try to get the nut started without unsoldering the socket.
Can you drill a hole right through the PCB, and put the nut on the underside of the board?
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Old 25th May 2009, 05:41 PM   #7
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Can you drill a hole right through the PCB, and put the nut on the underside of the board?
You can for V-2 (right channel) but not for V-3 (left channel) due to pin #3 connection running through the middle.
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Can you drill a hole right through the PCB, and put the nut on the underside of the board?

I suppose I can, but the ME in me won't let me do it, since tightening the nut in that config would be unnecessarily loading the legs and their solder joints . I'll just unsolder and resolder if I need the extra height.
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You mean R31 and R32? Yeah, I already replaced them per Tubelab instruction and I haven't noticed oscillation even with the raised tube sockets. I'm using 2 socket savers for each input tube.
I think the oscillations were ultrasonic, but I don't remember exactly. I put the socket savers on when it was on the bread board. I didn't notice any issues, but I didn't put in on a scope either.
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I think the oscillations were ultrasonic, but I don't remember exactly.
It is ultrasonic but according to Tubelab, it's heard as buzz at the speakers. I did notice that before replacing R31 and R32.
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