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Old 5th January 2016, 05:00 PM   #1
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I'm building this amp and have a few queries. Does the rectifier see the full 80f (40 plus 40) or is the value altered because the first cap isn't directly to ground?

Would you recommend a choke in the power supply? I was thinking where the 10k resistor is. Thank-you.

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Old 5th January 2016, 09:45 PM   #2
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The rectifier sees CRC filter of 40u, 700R, 40u. The back bias supply circuit is incorrectly drawn for the -67V supply.

There is another drawing error: feedback cathode bias bypass capacitor is just across 4k7.

Perhaps follow the old original circuit, or a restoration/clone project.
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Old 6th January 2016, 02:57 AM   #3
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Thank-you. Yes the bias supply is fubar, cap should be shunt. I still don't understand how the power supply is CRC if the 700R resistor is below the cap to ground. Doesn't CRC refer to cap, series resistor, cap?

I've only been able to find 2 schematics, rather difficult to find (or afford) an original amplifier. I'm not sure if any of the clones would be correct, not that I know of any anyhow.
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Old 6th January 2016, 05:43 AM   #4
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Follow the charging current pulses :-)

Rectifier charges first 40uF up directly. Then that cap charges the +340V supply cap up via the 700R.

Back bias is a bit tricky to see sometimes - sometimes they use a choke instead of R. Sometimes the rectifier charges the first cap through an R, and the voltage across that R is then filtered for bias supply.
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Old 6th January 2016, 01:00 PM   #5
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Thank-you, I'm still a bit foggy on this, being schooled in guitar amps. I won't be using back bias, going to build a C- supply and was planning to use 68uf after the 5AR4 rectifier, another departure. Would you suggest a choke somewhere?
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Old 6th January 2016, 02:28 PM   #6
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A choke between the first 2 PsU caps is always recommended, for a lot of reasons.
In this case, it replaces the 2K resistor. Voltage output will be a little higher, so you have to account for that in biasing etc. But do not keep both the choke and the resistor, we do not want a high impedance Power Supply.
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Old 6th January 2016, 06:36 PM   #7
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Here's a better schematic. Note C4. Also watch out for C3 the positive side should go to ground.
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Old 6th January 2016, 08:03 PM   #8
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C4 and associated resistors raise the heater CT, but which heaters are they for-the preamp tubes (6.3v), or 2A3's? The extra filament taps on the bottom of the PT also don't make any sense to me. Thanks for that schematic.
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Old 6th January 2016, 08:26 PM   #9
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F-F are for preamp/tone control heaters, whatever that unit was with the total system.
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