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Help Please!!!!!!


2004-10-22 6:07 pm
I´ve built a guitar tube amplifier, it´s a 15 W class A amp, and it doesn´t work.
I think that the trouble is in the phase splitter (shown in the attached picture) tube were I have 42 V betwin the catode and the grid, this is because I have a small current throught the resistors R17 and R18, so I think that the tube is in the cut off zone, and i don´t know the reason, I thought it was because the capacitors were no good, but I changed them and it´s still the same. (perhaps the new ones are not good either, don´t know).
in the rest of the circuit the V are just what they have to be.

Please can anyone tell me what it´s wrong with it?

Thanks to all.



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diyAudio Member
2002-10-11 8:15 am
mongiak said:
.... so I think that the tube is in the cut off zone....

The anode current of each triode is V(R19)/2/R19, which is around Ia=0,7mA; perhaps not the optimum but certainly not in the cutoff zone.
Vg=- 2*Ia*R14=-1.7V
Your voltmeter has an input impedance around 1Mohm, which causes the high impedance network measurement error that SY pointed out.