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#1
Tubes and Hybrids / AC30/6 ticking/motor boating n...
Last post by Psabin8951 - Today at 10:20:41 AM
Having resolved rectifier issue on this amp and having replaced all tubes the amp now works BUT when I plug a guitar lead in, what is a barely audible tick becomes loud and clear. Turning the cut control down makes it worse. It is there where tremelo circuit is on or off.
The tick pattern is constant changing to a harder tick every few seconds.
Can anyone assist? Is it a filtering cap gone awol?
#2
Schematics and Layouts / Re: Sunn Beta PCB
Last post by Tassieviking - March 28, 2023, 03:52:39 PM
Unfortunately I haven't completed this one yet, my dad got really sick early last year so I flew up to where he lived and stayed with him for quiet some time.
And then it was the funeral, cleaning up his house and sorting out what I wanted to keep etc.
It kept me occupied for 6-7 months and then I didn't get back to the Sunn Beta project.
I did finish one of the Marshall 12 watt amps I made a PCB for though.

I remember I was tweaking the resistor values in the channel switching circuit so it would work better and only use 1/4 watt resistors, I don't think I had a lot left to do before the PCB was finished for the BASS version I was building.

I can not see any reason why it will not work, I left the Gerber files I sent to JLCPCB to get the PCB's made in the first post

Thanks for reminding me, I will drag it out and get into it again very soon.
Are you interested in the Lead version or the Bass version ?

#3
Amplifier Discussion / Re: op amp voltage and tone
Last post by Zozobra - March 27, 2023, 05:43:58 PM
Ok, I'll stick to ±15V rails then  :)
#4
Schematics and Layouts / Re: Sunn Beta PCB
Last post by Jimladladlooklike - March 27, 2023, 09:56:38 AM
Hey Tassieviking. Awesome work on this, I'm jealous of your PCB design skills!

I was just wondering if you'd made any progress with the building process as I'd be really interested to have a go at this project myself. I've built two tube amps (currently on my third!) but I'm a big fan of SS stuff and would like to branch out.

Cheers.
#5
Amplifier Discussion / Re: 1980’s Randall RG80-112 SC
Last post by Luthier Vandros - March 21, 2023, 08:54:19 PM
Quote from: g1 on March 04, 2023, 06:35:33 PM
Quote from: Luthier Vandros on March 04, 2023, 12:31:48 PMonce the new silicon is in, I'll try to align voltages between green and red, along with biasing these little jerks.
On another forum J202 fet was working as a drop-in replacement for the 2N5485/TIS58 with no adjustment required.

TY, G1. I found a broken trace under the board. The 3819's are passing signal, but cery attenuated compared to the green channel. I imagine I'll have to tweak the drain resistors. Is there a rule of thumb? I have a solid 24v on the source rail (thanks to a 24v zener. More on that below.

Btw the schematic posted must be of a more recent model. My circuit board has several variances, such as no 24v zener off the E supply. Instead that tap is supplying 34v. Both the cap and dropping resistor have been replaced, so as a test, I tacked in a 24v zener. 

Cheers
#6
The Newcomer's Forum / Re: Trace Elliot Tramp 40W all...
Last post by Lobsterjoe - March 21, 2023, 02:34:45 PM
I know this is an old thread, but just got a Tramp that has the exact same issues as the OP.  Wondering if there was ever a solution to the channel switching problem.  I have tried all the various one and two button foot switches I own-none make a difference. I've touched up the main PC board with solder and it generally works well except for low frequency oscillation on the gain channel if reverb is turned up (new tank installed).
Thanks.
#7
The Newcomer's Forum / Re: hey guys Saturated here
Last post by joecool85 - March 21, 2023, 01:59:36 PM
Welcome, you sound like our kind of people!
#8
Amplifier Discussion / Re: op amp voltage and tone
Last post by joecool85 - March 21, 2023, 01:57:33 PM
My experience is that higher voltages give you more clean headroom.  It doesn't seem to affect tone at all.
#9
Amplifier Discussion / Re: op amp voltage and tone
Last post by Tassieviking - March 21, 2023, 11:35:36 AM
I do not think it would matter, I think most signals going through the Op-Amps are in the Milli Volt range up to a few volts maximum.

There are some circuits that rely on the Op-Amp reaching the voltage supplied to start breaking upthe signal and making distortion however, but this is on purpose to give the tone some growl.

There are exceptions though and I hope someone who knows better will jump in and give their opinion.
Cheers
Mick
#10
The Newcomer's Forum / Re: are rows of knobs (pots, p...
Last post by Tassieviking - March 21, 2023, 11:26:49 AM
I recently bought a Signal Tracer/Injector Pen V6.3 from https://www.diyguitarpedals.com.au/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=728.
I haven't tried it yet but I believe it is a signal injector and an audio amp all in one. It injects a signal on one probe and then picks it up and makes it audible on the other probe, should be easy to see where you loose the signal.
Depending on where you are you can also buy one from TH Customs who makes them.
 https://diy.thcustom.com/shop/signal-tracer-injector-pen-v6-2/
There is a Utube video of how to assemble and use it
Or just make something similar yourself.

Have you made sure that you have power going to the PCB in the amp ?
Do you have -9V on pin 4 and +9v on pin 8 of the 4558 OpAmps ?
Measure each one to ground, it should be 19v between pin 4 and pin 8.
Please check that you have the correct voltages on the PCB board.
Do any resistors look burnt ? , any capacitors swollen up ?
Remove the PCB and look at the copper tracks underneath, check all solder joints with a magnifying glass to see if they look bad, dull, etc.

I would start with a quick check of voltages followed by poking the components with a plastic pen or chopstick while strumming the strings, this might find a bad connection or solder joint even if you can't see it with the naked eye.
Remember to use something plastic to tap the components with and be very careful with any wires connected to the mains voltage.Fuse, main switch and transformer are deadly to touch, but like I was told when I was an electrical apprentice "It Only Hurts Until You Pass Out Or Die".
Cheers
Michael