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 Post subject: The Blob
PostPosted: 06 Jul 2020, 10:48 
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Hi Everyone,

Thwarted by the blob

It got me, made me frustrated. It made me waste a lot of time. For several days it confounded me. I looked everywhere for the problem. I checked each connection, each cable, tested all the tubes. I took apart the phono preamp at least 10 times. It always checked out fine on the bench, but not in the system. Ugh, double ugh. :confused: It did give me the opportunity to upgrade some internal wiring and interconnects though. :thumbsup: Not the problem. What was happening was that the one phono preamp would stop putting out sound on one channel at random intervals in the system. All the other gear attached (4 amps, the line stage, the crossover, the other phono preamp, CD, and speakers) checked out fine and behaved like expected. The preamp always worked on the bench. So I figured the problem had to be somewhere else. Wrong, double wrong. Finally I spied the problem, a small blob of solder that was stuck on the bottom side of the left channel output jack. :mad: On the bench the cables put just enough side pressure on the jack to keep it from shorting out. In the system because of the way the cables were arranged the pressure was less. So at random intervals it would short out. Now all is fine. The blob has gone to blob Valhalla. Or considering my less polite thoughts on the issue some place much warmer. :censored:

I hope you week has gone better.

Good listening
Bruce

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