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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:19 pm 
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We have made a few updates and posted them on a dropbox for kit builders to use.

We have just made some very important ones and sent out an email. Here is the summary;

PHASE INVERTER

The Floating Paraphase Inverter design is used in many Ampeg amps. It is very rarely seen in guitar amplifiers, although Ampegs are an exception. It can be thought of as a cross between the long tailed pair and the paraphrase.

In some builds, the Phase inverter CAN introduce some oscillation based distortion. It could just be that the design is 50 years old, a little odd and quite uncommon. Anyway, we have a straightforward mod of two parts to prevent the PI issue. If you need the parts or we can mail them out to you. You may not even notice an issue!
I have tested on our amp and there is no effect on tone or response etc. It is quite transparent and I can see that the waveform of the signal is cleaner as a result.

METHOD: Add a 560K 1W grid stopper resistor to V3 pin 4 where there is a currently a solid wire from the board to pin 4 and also put a 50 pf cap from the .022uf cap (that now feeds that grid stopper) and the adjacent 510K that connects to the plate of V3 pin 5.
You may be able to use just the 50 pf cap, but the grid stopper is good design and primary defence against such problems.

Check your inventory of parts on hand and let me know what you need.


OUTPUT TRANSFORMER WIRING

After several recent conversations with some Ampeg types, we just discovered this. We were talking about the output transformer, impedance, resistance etc. so I measured up ours as a reference and discovered that the wiring of the output side was NOT the colours we thought we had specified from Heyboer!!! No damage done but let’s fix it!
I confirmed all the specs and the correct colours are below.

On the output transformer secondarys:
• Black is ground direct to output jacks
• Green goes to the 16 ohm connection on the impedance switch
• Yellow goes to the 8 ohm connection on the impedance switch
• Orange goes to the 4 ohm connection on the impedance switch.


We have updated the manual, layout and schematic and reposted them on the dropbox.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 2:12 pm 
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We are working with a few builders and as we do, we are clarifying our instructions. We did find that depending on the wiring of the build, at extremes of tone and volume controls, some feedback / oscillation / distortion occurred. These mods are intended to eliminate most, if not all, of that.

The latest Layout v17 is here:

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Important Note: Ensure Output Transformer Secondary wires are routed far from the input to V1 & V2

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Recommended after confirming Amp is Built as per latest Layout 17
1 560K PI grid resistor V3, pin 4
1 50p plate cap V3, pin 4-5 (or from .022uf to plate as in the picture)

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Use Aluminum tape to tape down OT Primary & Secondary leads in place on chassis as per layout 17

Optional as required
2 470K PI mix-grid resistors from both channels to V3, pin 1. Replace 270K.
2 220K plate resistors reduce gain of normal channel V2 pin2 & pin 5 (replace 470K on board)
1 1K across (in parallel with) 120K tone stack resistor to lower top end boost of tone stack

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 12:43 pm 
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Another important update for those on the build list.
An email was sent out with details regarding the cross-wiring of the two channels in the layout. This has been corrected and reposted. Email me if you dont have the information yet.

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