I got this nice little amp to fix. It fizzed. I checked the tube : OK … then I saw R39 resistor was burnt.
I spiced the FET PI, replaced the burnt resistor and compare voltage : good !
(I used IRF150 model instead of IRF830 …)
A few days later, my customer came back : his amp had the same problem, again !
R39 burnt !
I found this topic on the Blackstar forum (very helpful, thanks a lot, guyz !) : http://www.blackstaramps.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=2135&sid=6267625e63d87d9553d419c17f908d83
Trace broken, to rebuild …
Once TR3 is removed, I could check it (see : http://www.decibelcar.com/menuelectro/93-fettest.html , very helpful, thanks !) : TR3 OK
R39 and C46 removed, let’s check if there is a short somewhere :
We should get an infinite resistor between Source and Drain holes … and we read 50kΩ !
It seemed this amp had a bad PCB, so I drilled hole (0.7mm) to isolate TR3 pins, as suggested in the Blackstar forum :
and checked :
I removed R38, TR2 and C45 : no short there !
Soldered new 22k resistor, TR3, C46 … amp to the test !
Tips : Measure voltage across 4,7ohm resistor on cathode (=R33, common 12BH7 cathode resistor). Adjust to mV reading of approximately 46mV. Adjust balance pot for least amount of hum from speaker
12BH7 voltages :
- Anode : 470V (!)
- Grid 1 : -29V
- Cathode : 45mV
Hope this helps