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Old 27th July 2013, 11:04 AM   #21
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DHi Ron, don't get confused!
You have proved the effect of lifting the resistor and that stops the oscillation.
Next step is to put it back on pin 8 and check the other end goes to the foot switch. You will then prove the switch operation, the other contact from the foot switch going to ground. Don't forget the switch is in series with the resistor and its ground!.
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Pin 9 is the heater centre tap. I would expect to see at least 6v A/c and by the look of your drawing floating at a Dc voltage somewhere near your description.
On the capacitors I would expect to see quite a good amount of A?c due to the oscillator.
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The DC voltage on the heaters probably means there is no centre tap to ground on the winding. Use a pair of 100R 1/2W connected in series across the 6.3V heater voltage (not the rectifier!) and connect the centre of the resistors to ground. This will balance the heater voltage and reduce any induced hum.
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Old 28th July 2013, 10:39 AM   #24
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Hi Jon

I've connected one end of the footswitch to the resistor while the end of switch to ground powered up and no oscillation.

I then connected all wires back to original, powered up and learn I've lost the tremolo except from about position 9 -10 on the speed pot.

when I switch the footswitch off the fast oscillation returns
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"I've connected one end of the footswitch to the resistor while the end of switch to ground powered up and no oscillation." You have proved the circuit works. Don't put anything back just yet,
At that point, switch the switch and did it work?
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"when I switch the footswitch off the fast oscillation returns"
The switch needs the wiring changed as on is off etc.
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Old 29th July 2013, 12:12 PM   #27
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Hi Jon,

Good news,I fixed the buggar....WOOHOO.......now its hard to describe what the actual was, however,

I had the footswitch wired correctly.....it was more the way that I had it "wired/connected" to the speed pot, I think It was actually bridging pins 1 & 2 of the tremolo speed pot??

what I did is put the footswitch in series with pin 1 of the speed pot, does that make sense?

So now I have virtually full range of tremolo from 1 thru to 10 and it sounds quite velvity.

thanks heaps for all the help & advice you & Enzo gave without it I would still be here next weekend trying to fix it

cheers Ron

ps: I just hope that I can repay this by giving advice to someone else in the boat
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Well done

Sometimes you can spend ages, and then it ends up something simple and silly you've done yourself - it's like trying to proof read something you've written, when you check it your brain reads what it was supposed to say, and not what it actually does.
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Well done

Sometimes you can spend ages, and then it ends up something simple and silly you've done yourself - it's like trying to proof read something you've written, when you check it your brain reads what it was supposed to say, and not what it actually does.

Thats exactly how it was Nigel, you've summed it up to a T , felt like such a dill after I'd fixed it and stood there for a while pondering why I didn't get it sooner
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Thats exactly how it was Nigel, you've summed it up to a T , felt like such a dill after I'd fixed it and stood there for a while pondering why I didn't get it sooner
I've been a professional service engineer for over 40 years, and at times you've spent hours on a repair, and on the next bench someone else has spent as long on their repair. So you swap over, and both get completed in a few minutes - sometimes you just can't see what's in front of you
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