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Old 17th September 2014, 10:41 PM
Paul Stoneman Paul Stoneman is offline
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Good evening gentlemen,
Can any one help please, I have a KIT 6550 recently changed from a KAT 6550 with the aid of help from the forum. The amp has developed a hum and when tapped on the side tends to get very load, it is volume dependent and on both channels, I have rebuilt the power supply apart from the heater rectifier and resoldered all the connections. It sound like a bad earth but could be a component failing. Does anyone have any more ideas please.
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Old 18th September 2014, 08:54 AM
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Hi Paul, to clarify,

1) was it a power amp only before and is it an integrated with volume control and input selector now?

2) if so are you using the relay board or the original type rotary selector?

3) at what stage did the hum start, after the conversion, or was it fine for a while then started out of the blue etc?

4) is it on both channels, on all inputs, have you replaced or moved valves across channels, any other investigations so far?
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Old 18th September 2014, 03:33 PM
Paul Stoneman Paul Stoneman is offline
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Hi Richard,
Many thanks for your rely.
It was a KIT before now a KAT, the one input is wired straight to the input valves there is no selector and no volume control. (separate pre basic pre amp)
The hum which is on both channels and gets louder with more volume, started out of the blue about 300 hours after conversion. When you tap the side of the case the hum either increases or decreases as if some thing was loose. I have swapped all valves with different sets in rotation from good spares and the problem is the same. It started a few days ago and when the hum started I tapped the side or top and it went, the day before yesterday I tapped the side when the hum appeared and it got very load at listening levels, no crackling or poping just sounds like mains hum.

I have re soldered the connections and checked for any damage or burning and all looks in order.

Thank you for any advise.

Kind regards Paul.
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Old 18th September 2014, 04:56 PM
John Caswell John Caswell is offline
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Hi Paul,
Were the input phono sockets the "old" variety with a red fibre washer each side of the chassis (which were prone to working loose) or the later types with a plastic washer each side of the chassis?
If the earlier types it would be worth replacing with the later types.
It does sound (sorry) like a earth lift problem.

John

Last edited by John Caswell; 18th September 2014 at 04:57 PM. Reason: typo
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Old 18th September 2014, 10:45 PM
Paul Stoneman Paul Stoneman is offline
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Good evening John,
Thank you for your reply.
The inputs are the newer plastic type. I have ordered the bits to rebuild the power supply for the ECF80 heaters, the rest of the power supply was done a few months ago, one of the 4700uf caps that was used was a bit squashed, probably done in the post so hopefully that is the problem. if I find what the problem is, sorry when, never give up, never surrender unless it is your best interests, I will put the info on the forum, it may help someone else.
Kind regards Paul.
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Old 19th September 2014, 07:29 AM
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Hi Paul, you say in your last post, (one of the 4700uF caps was squashed ) there is only one, or have you added another in a Pi filter arrangement, no problem if you have, myself, if I was changing C6, I would use a 16volt capacitor rather than the 10volt and maybe go to 10,000uF. keep us posted. BOB
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