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December 13, 2019, 01:44:34 PM

Author Topic: No good after speedball upgrade  (Read 729 times)

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Offline hardisondan

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Re: No good after speedball upgrade
« Reply #45 on: November 11, 2019, 11:58:26 AM »
Just in case you've lost track of things.  The TIP50's need to be insulated from the heat sinks.  Earlier in the thread he provided one way to test this  by checking the resistance from the metal tab on the TIP50 to a ground point such as terminal 12.  It may also work by checking the resistance from the metal tab to the heat sink itself.

Thanks. That was a timely piece of advice.. I was unsure.

The resistance is 0L from all 6 "legs" of the TIP50 to Terminal 12. See attached.. clipped onto 12, touching TIP50 (just in case there is any confusion)

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Re: No good after speedball upgrade
« Reply #46 on: November 11, 2019, 01:23:35 PM »
OK, when you get that 270 ohm resistor replaced, you can start by just firing the amp up with the 12AU7 and no 6080.  That will take the big board out of the circuit and let you test the small PC boards up front and the 12AU7.  The voltages on terminals 1-5 will look mostly correct, with terminals 2 and 4 being a bit on the high side.


Another funky thing that could have happened to your amp would be if the keyway broke off on the bottom of your octal tube, and then it got inserted improperly.  This can create all sorts of weird problems and a toasted power supply resistor is certainly an option.
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Re: No good after speedball upgrade
« Reply #47 on: November 11, 2019, 01:30:01 PM »
OK, when you get that 270 ohm resistor replaced

Thanks Paul. Does this look OK as a replacement? Says 270 ohm, 5 watt.

https://www.jaycar.com.au/270-ohm-5-watt-wire-wound-resistor/p/RR3284

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Re: No good after speedball upgrade
« Reply #48 on: November 11, 2019, 01:36:52 PM »
The Xicon 270 ohm 5W resistor should be available from Mouser Australia.  It has leads that are long enough to reach across the terminal strips.

Failing that, just about any 270 ohm 10W resistor will also fit in that space and the leads will be long enough to reach the terminal strips. 

I'm not sure that the one you linked to would reach across.
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Re: No good after speedball upgrade
« Reply #49 on: November 11, 2019, 01:59:52 PM »
Failing that, just about any 270 ohm 10W resistor will also fit in that space and the leads will be long enough to reach the terminal strips. 

OK. I'll look for the Mouser one. I thought the one I was replacing was 5W?

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Re: No good after speedball upgrade
« Reply #50 on: November 11, 2019, 02:06:31 PM »
I thought the one I was replacing was 5W?
It is.  A 10W resistor will have a longer body, so the short leads won't be an issue.
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