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Clarke and Smith EL84 Amp

Hi Folks,

About to resurrect a Clarke and Smith Amplifier chassis which was used in a 1960s "Talking Book" outfit. These were used by the Institute for the Blind to supply subscribers with audible newspapers/books etc. I don't have the unit, just the amp.

Basically a tape player, magnetic pickup, first/second stage, volume/tone control and an EL84 used Single-Ended. EZ80 rectified power supply.

I thought I'd ask before I delve into it, anyone have a circuit diagram for these units handy?
Would save a bit of head-scratching time... :)

Hi Folks,

I can't believe it's been so long but never mind..... The dark evenings are now here and it's back to the indoor projects in the evenings!

Photos of the amp:

Circuit Diagram found recently on the Net, accurate and represents the unit I have here:

It is missing the input transformer and the tape unit drive motor.
What is there currently: a mylar 0.1uF capacitor on the input to the first stage magnetic pickup preamp, this would do I expect for a Phono input?

What I would propose to do is:
  • To go through the circuit and replace the aged electrolytics, the small Mullard Mustards look to be in good condition.
  • Mount the unit within a replacement housing to smarten it up and add a bit more protection/electrical safety.
  • Add a switch to the HT Line after the choke for warm-up purposes.
  • Add an additional input to the second stage preamp, probably at the intersection of C7 and the 1M RV1 to function as a line-level/CD Input.
Any thoughts/recommendations? It's been a few years since I've repaired tube amps.

The gain structure is set up for the mV. signal level a tape head produces. A single 12AX7/ECC83 section is enough, when a CDP is the signal source.

The B+ supply already starts "softly", as the EZ80 is indirectly heated. No switch is necessary.

If music bandwidth is to be had, the O/P trafo requires upgrading. Also, NFB of some kind is needed in order for the damping factor to be satisfactory.