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Amplifier Discussion / Re: Savage Amplifier
March 11, 2024, 10:42:34 PM
Most pedals will not turn on unless you have the input jack plugged in, and it has to be a mono plug as well.
The input jack is acting like the power switch as well to preserve the battery when you are not using the pedal.
Amplifier Discussion / Re: Savage Amplifier
March 11, 2024, 11:11:46 AM
I am not surprised that the wall wart did not power the pedals, the polarity is wrong on the plug.
The center pin should be minus and the ring should be plus at 9vDC, your power supply is the opposite.
I hope you have not damaged the pedals with the wrong power supply.
Amplifier Discussion / Re: Savage Amplifier
March 10, 2024, 09:14:52 AM
Ok thanks I put 0.5A and 2A normal fuses in and it's making good sounds but won't make any sound without standby on

I think you are reading the switch wrong, up the amp is on and down the amp is in standby.

Slow blow fuses can also be marked with a "T" it stands for Trög which means slow in some languages. ie. T2A

That polarity switch has me wondering if that amp might be unsafe, if it switches the incoming supply wires around and there is no earth wire on the lead you might have to fix that.
It don't seem old enough for that though
Read up on death caps to check it out.
Tjenare, welcome to the SSGuitar forum as well, I was born in Sweden but moved to Australia in 1973 so I have no idea where you go for components in Sweden.
I buy most of my components from online stores like Tayda, Element 14, Mouser, Digikey etc.
You can most likely use most of them too.

There are many more I use and some local ones in Australia as well.
I changed the URL's to the Swedish sites for you.
All parts should be available except the CA3080 IC and the CA3094 IC, most people either find some old ones in some shop or they substitute them with a LM13700 IC.
One example of how to substitute the LM13700 can be seen at Aion FX L5 pedal build, look in the Build Documents.

All the capacitors should be measured before buying new ones to make sure they fit, new modern capacitors are usually smaller so with the Lab series there should be no problem at all. The Lab series of amps had all axial electrolytic capacitors from memory with leads on each end of the capacitor, if you want to get new capacitors with a similar size as original then go for a higher voltage capacitor. It will cost more though.

You bought the amp in Sweden but you did not mention the country you are in now, if you mention where you are now there might be someone here who knows the best place for you to get components in your country.
There might even be someone here who lives near you who would be able to help you, you never know.

Here is how a light bulb limiter works:
It is just a light bulb connected halfway along the active wire on the way to he amp, the neutral goes straight to the amp.
If you have a fault the light bulb lights up bright but you don't destroy anything in the amplifier.

Here is a copy of the schematic in case you can't read yours too well.

You can buy leads that have fuses in them, but they are not really cheap if it is for home use.
If you get the Fluke ones you still have to buy expensive fuses.
My set has a ceramic 3AG fuse in them and they are ok to use, they are a bit bulky though.
If they are fully encapsulated in plastic then you just need some thermal grease.
A thin layer of grease and try to move the transistor around  a bit against the heatsink to spread the grease evenly, clamp it and solder in.
Just poke the legs through the PCB enough to solder them in, it keeps the transistors more towards the center of the heatsink.
If you mean the insulator between the transistor and heatsink then I would say yes.
I have seen multimeters that physically block the holes when you turn the knob so it is only possible to use the volt probe when volt is selected and only amp plug when amps is selected, but it was many years ago.
I wonder if you can still get some like that anymore, maybe it was just a temporary fad that went for a while.
megatrav: I would really love to build my own hybrid amp with a tube preamp and solid state power amp for gigging.

Have you considered building / getting a valve stompbox from Sushi Box ?
He has valve pre-amps in stompboxes, add a DI and you could go straight to FOH.
Get a class D pedal amp and a speaker cab and you are ready to rock.
Crap !!!!
I just went and pulled apart 2 of my Flukes and I have weird fuses as well, I think I have replaced some a long time ago as well but the company I worked for had a draw full of them.
I wish I had kept some spares with the meters now.

No wonder I have some cheap Uni-T meters on the workshop bench, I think they cost around $30 when I bought them. (Many years ago). I know they use cheap fuses as I blew one working on my car.

You can get some fairly decent meters on Ebay for under $20 ($10 up) that are ok if you are only working on low voltage stuff at home for yourself. I would only get Cat3 rated stuff at least.

I will leave my Flukes to have a rest unless I decide to start working for a living again.
I do not need a good meter anymore as the highest voltage I work with now will be  240v mains in my own gear.
EDIT: maybe a bit more in valve amps (a lot more).
Any Cat3 meters should be enough for any private use I think.
That is too much for a normal fuse, what type is it ?
Photo ?
It is usually a M205 fuse that costs cents, sometimes a ceramic type but still cheap.
I love your dedication to learn electronics, not many people would take it upon themself to do it so thoroughly with textbooks and lessons.
By the end of this year I think you will be good enough to really get into pedal designs and even amplifiers.
It won't be long before you can start designing your own PCB's and have them fabricated so you can build your own projects.
It is great fun when you want a pedal that is no longer made and the old ones are costing a fortune, make them yourself really cheap.
Keep up the great work.
That was a good find, I once read a post when someone preheated an oven to 400F and placed the DSP PCB in there for 15 minutes as a last hope to reflow the solder, it restored it back to working condition.
I think it was a Fender where the DSP PCB's are no longer available anymore and they had a reputation of bad solder joints, you have to love the lead free solder that always gives people trouble.