Low noise + wrong voltages

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Offline vermeil

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on: May 10, 2024, 11:04:57 AM
Hello, I hope you can help me.

I've built the Bottlehead Crack + Speedball a while ago and at the time the measurements were correct. I used it again recently after a long break and have now noticed the sound in the right channel is lower than in the left. The measurements I've taken aren't quite correct either and I can't place why:

large tube: B1 73 V, B3 108 V, B4 and B6 175 V

small tube: A6 73 V, A1 175 V

small board: 0A 73 V,  0B 175 V

big board: 0B 106 V, 0A 175 V




Offline Paul Birkeland

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Reply #1 on: May 11, 2024, 07:07:23 AM
Half of your 12AU7 isn't conducting.  This can happen for a very, very wide variety of reasons.  Here are some things to check.

1.  Do both halves of the 12AU7 glow?  If not, the solder joints at A4 and A5 need to be reheated.
2.  Is one LED out on the 9 pin socket?  If so, DO NOT go at the LED with your soldering iron, but carefully measure the terminal where the dead LED lands (A3 or A8).  If it's about 12V, you may just have a broken LED.

These are the places where I would start, if those checks don't yield any results nor information, let us know.

-PB

Paul "PB" Birkeland

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Reply #2 on: May 11, 2024, 09:53:29 PM
Thank you so much for your reply.

1. Both halves of the 12AU7 glow.
2. Both LEDs for the right channel don't seem to light up - but we do measure voltage (ca 175 and 182 V). The voltage for A3 and A8 is 1.5V



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Reply #3 on: May 12, 2024, 06:36:12 AM
Can you unplug the 6080 and see if that changes the voltages coming out of the small board?

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Reply #4 on: May 13, 2024, 10:22:06 PM
Here are the new voltages:

small board:
0A 71V
0B 206 V
1A 214 V
1B 214 V



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Reply #5 on: May 19, 2024, 01:15:32 AM
Is there anything more I could try? I do not know what else I could do and would appreciate any input.



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Reply #6 on: May 21, 2024, 04:41:06 AM
Could you post a picture of the bottom of your front C4S board?

Paul "PB" Birkeland

Bottlehead Grunt & The Repro Man