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Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Sugar land, Texas
Tubelab SE 2A3 _ Newbie question.

I just built the tubelab SE amp. and it runs 2A3 tubes. In the AC input I put the 3/4 A fuse. Is it suitable for the amp? The resaon I ask because I was running it for about 2 hr. and it blew fuse. I replaced another fuse and blew instantly. The power transformer hot but touchable. Please give me some advice.

Binh
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 18th November 2009, 11:39 PM #2 diyAudio Member     Join Date: Feb 2009 Location: Calgary I suggest the following: Insert a new fuse. Unplug the tubes in one channel. Insert an AC ammeter in series with the secondary and measure the current. Then calculate the power drawn by one channel as Pchannel = Isecondary*Vsecondary, where Pchannel is the power drawn by that channel, Isecondary is the current in the secondary, and Vsecondary is the voltage across the secondary. Then calculate the current drawn by the primary as Iprimary = (2*Pchannel)/Vline, where Vline is the AC line voltage (115 V in the US, Canada - 230 V most other places). I would probably go with a slow-blow fuse with a rating that's 2-3x Iprimary. Remember that the resistance of the heaters is about one tenth at cold than at hot, so the heaters draw 10x the current when you turn them on cold. See tubelab.com SimpleSE for information on how to deal with this (inrush limiters). Whatever you do, do >>>NOT<<< insert the ammeter in place of the fuse to measure the current. If something is indeed wrong with the amp, you can cause some serious damage both to the ammeter and the amp (been there, done that!) ~Tom
 19th November 2009, 12:43 AM #3 diyAudio Member     Join Date: Jul 2005 Location: West Virginia panhandle I can't quite read the label on your power transformer, what number is it? The Tubelab SE with 2A3's needs a 1 amp or 1.25 amp fuse depending on which power transformer is being used (on US 120 volt power). A Hammond power transformer will get pretty hot, but if you can keep your hand on it for 20 seconds or so without using bad language, it is probably OK. __________________ Tubelab, it's 5 year mission. To explore strange new tubes, to seek out new circuits and topologies, to boldly go where no tube has gone before......
 19th November 2009, 02:07 AM #4 diyAudio Member     Join Date: Jul 2009 Location: Sugar land, Texas I use Hammond 270HX power transformer for the amp. I will buy some new fuse tomorrow and re-check the amp. Thank you Tom and George. Regards, Binh
 19th November 2009, 02:48 AM #5 diyAudio Member     Join Date: Jan 2008 Location: So.Cal. Are you using slow-blow fuses?
 19th November 2009, 03:20 AM #6 diyAudio Member     Join Date: Jul 2009 Location: Sugar land, Texas No, I didn't use slow-blow. I used the fast acting one 3/4A
 19th November 2009, 04:56 AM #7 diyAudio Member     Join Date: Feb 2009 Location: Chicagoland I'd pickup some 1A and 1.5A slo-blo fuses. Start with the 1A. I suspect they will suffice if it was working for a while on a 3/4A. __________________ Russ http://www.knizefamily.net/russ/cate...ics/tubeaudio/
 19th November 2009, 06:11 PM #8 diyAudio Member     Join Date: Jul 2009 Location: Sugar land, Texas At the electronic store this morning, there was no 1A fuse, I took the 1.5A slow-blow. I replace fuse and the amp. sings for almost 4 hrs until now. It sounds beautiful on Klipsch Heresy . Thank you all for your help. Best Regards, Binh
 20th November 2009, 01:20 AM #9 diyAudio Member     Join Date: Feb 2009 Location: Chicagoland Nice combo. Using KLF-10s myself...they sound great. __________________ Russ http://www.knizefamily.net/russ/cate...ics/tubeaudio/
 20th November 2009, 03:17 AM #10 diyAudio Member   Join Date: Oct 2004 Nice. If you don't mind, what type of 2A3s are you using? From experience, take note that you cannot run a JJ 2A3 on this amp. It will hum like crazy. I once had the same set up as yours and forced to replace my 370hx with an Angela universal power tranny and convert the amp into a 300B. Godspeed. John Revilla

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