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Old 19th August 2011, 02:38 AM   #1
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I have an ampex 2010 suitcase amp that worked until one day it got real noisey with lots of static so I shut it off and decided to recap it. I replaced the power supply caps and the noise is still present even with just the rectifier in it. I used a dim bulb tester and I don't think there is any shorts because a 40w bulb does not glow. What is my amps ailment?
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Old 19th August 2011, 02:56 AM   #2
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coupling capacitors letting DC through?
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Old 19th August 2011, 09:09 PM   #3
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correct me if I am wrong but I thought that if the output tubes were removed then it would not matter if there was DC passing to pin 5. I know in tube amps the speaker should always be hooked up when on but what about if the output tubes are removed? I would like to check voltages but the noise is so bad with the speaker hooked up it is pretty much impossible.

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Old 19th August 2011, 10:03 PM   #4
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Sorry, i totally missed your point about removing the other valves.
If you don't have output tubes in, you don't need a speaker attached. There will be no current drawn through the OT without output tubes.
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Old 19th August 2011, 10:22 PM   #5
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Ok so I think I found my problem. With the speaker not connected and just the rectifier tube in I can hear arcing from the output transformer and it smells like its melting! Can I just replace the transformer with any 6v6 output tranny?
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Old 19th August 2011, 10:33 PM   #6
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The numbers on the OT say 58-0005-C 606013
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Old 19th August 2011, 10:38 PM   #7
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That was surely going to be my suggestion! With no output tube in place, but the rectifier in place, any noise from the speaker must be from an arcing (to ground) output transformer. You will want to make sure that the transformer matches the application (i.e. SE or PP), has the proper primary impedance, secondary impedance, and that it is rated for the power output rating of the amplifier.

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Old 19th August 2011, 11:12 PM   #8
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Well I was putting the amp back together and noticed that where the line power comes into the amp the common wire had broken off so only the hot was connected to the amp. I soldered it back on and the problem has been resolved. What are the chances I did some serious damage to the output transformer?
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Old 19th August 2011, 11:20 PM   #9
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I measured with a multimeter from pin 3 to pin 3 on the output tubes and I get a reading of 8.5k. From the center tap to pin 3 of one tube I get 8.3k and from center tap to pin 3 of the other tube I get 150 ohms. Is it fried or what?
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Old 19th August 2011, 11:37 PM   #10
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The reading of 150 ohms is about normal. The reading of 8.3K is not. Do not operate the amplifier in this condition. I don't know what output tubes you are using, other than since the plate connections are on pin #3 it sounds like a standard octal tube. In any event, operating any output tube with no plate voltage while the screen grid does receive power will damage the tube. Also, the other output tube will be under biased if a common cathode bias resistor scheme is used. There is little doubt that the output transformer needs to be replaced.

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