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help please

Gorbayov

Member
2013-02-14 5:28 pm
hello, im new here..
i actually dont know much about building amps but i have here a diy preamp that i got 8 years ago, i didnt use it much, but recently i bought an electric guitar and i use amp simulator on pc, and i found out that if i put the guitar through the preamp before pc it has very nice tone.
it has 2 seperate volume pots, one for the right channel and one for the left channel, which i didnt like at first but since im using only one channel for the guitar its ok, but the pots sucks, very hard to control the volume, every centimeter of change is alot of volume change, and when its all the way down it still has lots of volume.
i know how to solder, so i thought i would open it and replace the pots, maybe with one stereo pot..
but after i freed the pots from the case and moved it a bit it got disconnected from the other side (both of them).
now i want to know how do i wire it back?? where it should go??
i remember that the ground went to the center of the tube slot, and the middle went to somewhere else in the tube slot, and the third one was connected to the input jack.

i cant find the one who built the preamp.
please help me rewire it so i can play my guitar again..
thanks

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Gorbayov

Member
2013-02-14 5:28 pm
i forgot to mention that it has 3 tubes..
one is 6X4/EZ90

but the pots were connected to two other tubes, one says ECF80 and im not sure about the other one because most of the marking faded, i can tell it said Amperex and after i searched amperex the web to find it, i found that looks exactly the same as 6GH8A, so i guess thats the tube.

these tubes are somehow connected to one another, and one pot was connected to one of them and the other pot was connected to the other.
 

M Gregg

Disabled Account
2010-06-28 11:04 pm
UK
Hi,

First please be aware that tube amps have high voltage that can stay up after power off...shock hazard!

The first thing to do is post a picture of the pot positions (As clear and with as much detail as possible) Then someone may be able to help..:)

Also look here..scroll down to putting your pot to use...

Potentiometers (Beginners' Guide to Pots)


Regards
M. Gregg
 
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Gorbayov

Member
2013-02-14 5:28 pm
thanks gregg.
ok i can put pictures but it looks like a mess, everything is connected so tight.
i dont know if you can understand something from these pics but i will try

first, all of it:
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now the tube slots
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[IMGDEAD]https://s17.postimage.org/7f4301wf2/IMG_20130214_193924.jpg[/IMGDEAD]
[IMGDEAD]https://s17.postimage.org/b1ehqfs66/IMG_20130214_194059.jpg[/IMGDEAD]


about the pots type, well i know that, but right now i only want to know how to rewire the pot, or any other pot..
 
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Mooly

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2007-09-15 8:14 am
Why don't you attach the pictures to the forum :)

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M Gregg

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2010-06-28 11:04 pm
UK
ECF80..
 

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M Gregg

Disabled Account
2010-06-28 11:04 pm
UK
If its a stereo amp..

Then the two channels should be the same..? So the pot should go to ground at one end and to the input at the other end the middle (slider)goes to the Grid of the input tube maybe?

6X4 is a rectifier HT/B+<<< This power not signal...so its just finding the correct Grid connection (on the other tubes) one will come from a capacitor from the first tube Anode at a guess...that means the one that has a resistor to Ground and nothing else is the input..just a guess...

Regards
M. Gregg
 
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M Gregg

Disabled Account
2010-06-28 11:04 pm
UK
Pin 9 is the grid of the triode,

So it could be an input...however what is conected to it? does it have a capacitor connected to it and a resistor or just a resistor?

You must get this correct because if you connect to the wrong pin you could have high voltage on it and your guitar will become live!

You need to have more help from an engineer you cannot just take a guess!

Regards
M. Gregg
 

M Gregg

Disabled Account
2010-06-28 11:04 pm
UK
Pin 9 could be the input and if its only got a resistor to Ground then maybe OK..

However its your choice...I would test Pin 9 to ground with a meter set to high volts DC and make sure, however if you dont have experience with high voltage testing....then I would have to say you still need help...

Never take chances with tube circuits...so pin 9 would have only a resistor one end to pin 9 and the other end to ground and nothing else connected to pin 9 at all no other wires nothing..Then it would be an input.

Again I take no responsibility because I cannot see what you see! (I'm not there).

Regards
M. Gregg
 
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Gilgy

Member
2009-10-29 6:38 am
i dont know what that means :(
is it possible it was connected on pin 9?? i think i see that something on this pin was disconnected from there but im not sure
can it harm the amp or my guitar if i try soldering it to pin 9?

Very possibly. Especially as you don't know what tube types you're dealing with.

With no disrespect intended, I think you should consider the possibility that you don't know enough about the amp you're dealing with to make a safe diagnosis and repair of the problem. Really I would recommend further reading, research and learning before you attempt to service the device, especially if it's going to be connected to a guitar (and therefore your fingers).