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FDP Forum / Amp Mods, Repairs, and Projects / humm from Hell

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Whitehorse Canada

I don't get out much
Dec 15th, 2017 12:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

Blues Deville.

Hums like hell when taken out of standby.
Pull the rectifier....amp is quiet.

Used Steve Dahlman's nifty tool to extract audio and send it to a practice amp.
Hum from hell.
Pull all tubes...humm from Hell when using Steve's tool. With a few exceptions, the hum is ubiquitous.
Haven't checked yet, but could heater voltage be leaking into the audio path?
If that was the case.....shouldn't there be smoke?

Any thoughts folks?



Dec 15th, 2017 06:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

What do you mean by 'pull the rectifier'? It's not as if it's a tube in this amp.

So there's big hum through the speaker when operated with power tubes removed?
If so, maybe a short in the OT or the power tube plate circuit, perhaps the protection diodes CR24, CR25; have you checked for shorts with a meter?
Good luck!

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Whitehorse Canada

I don't get out much
Dec 15th, 2017 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hi Peter
Thanks for catching my error.
I meant phase inverter.

I get hum everywhere with all tubes pulled when extracting audio and amplifying it with a practice amp.




Dec 16th, 2017 03:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ahhh, ok, I see.
So with just the phase splitter V3 and power tubes in place, what happens to the hum?
How about if you plug into the 'power amp in' jack?
Can you get a 'clang' out of the amp if the reverb is turned up and you give the tank a little knock?

Have you checked that all circuit common 0V connections to the amp chassis are good?

And that there's a 0 ohm resistance between all 0V points on the pcbs and the chassis?

Correct schematic?



Dec 16th, 2017 05:33 AM   Edit   Profile  


whoops, wrong post

(This message was last edited by SonicBlue at 07:34 AM, Dec 16th, 2017)

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