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Old 10th March 2005, 11:52 PM   #1
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Default Please confirm my transformer math.

The background is that I have some old output transformers that came out of an SS amp, VERY old. They are 2500 ohm primary / 3.2 ohm secondary. They look like they could be used in a spud amp because they are reasonably large, say at least an inch in every dimension (I don't have them with me right now). So the 6C45Pi is suited to a 5K primary OPT. From RDH4 (attached image) it looks like using an 8 ohm speaker would offset the drop in primary resistance WRT distortion. Is that correct?
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Is that correct?
Yes, but it isn't the only consideration. The primary inductance of the trans may not be sufficient to ensure full bass extension.
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Yes, but it isn't the only consideration. The primary inductance of the trans may not be sufficient to ensure full bass extension.
Thanks! Yes, I fully expect this to be bass-challenged amp. I was more concerned from a will-work/won't work at all point of view.
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Those should also work with 50EH5...

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I hate to be a spoilsport, but a cautionary note is in order. Trafos designed for use with BJTs have insulation that can tolerate battery voltages. It's quite possible that the insulation in those old trafos will break down when the CT is connected to a tube B+ rail. Don't forget that the lamination stack will be at ground potential.
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I hate to be a spoilsport, but a cautionary note is in order. Trafos designed for use with BJTs have insulation that can tolerate battery voltages. It's quite possible that the insulation in those old trafos will break down when the CT is connected to a tube B+ rail. Don't forget that the lamination stack will be at ground potential.
So if I ran a long burn-in session with a small fuse in series with the primaries, wouldn't that address that issue?
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Go for it. Put a fuse in the power supply and hope she doesn't blow up.




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Oh, you're in alberta eh?
Im in saskatoon. email me or something.
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leadbelly,

Those old SS trafos are constructed for low voltage service. I get no comfort from a fuse.

There is a SURE FIRE way to be safe. Build your amp with parafeed topology. CCS load the plates and cap. couple the plates to the O/P trafos. Ground the CTs of the trafos.
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