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    SWR Workingman's 10 bass amp (C6 10UF exploded, TDA7294 damaged!)

    Hey guys/gals,

    My first post here. I have a '04 model Workingman's 10 and while playing it I heard a pop and the amp went completely silent (no sound at all through the speaker). Took the chassis out and the fuses are OK. I noticed that the cap marked with C6 (10UF) has exploded/vanished and the power amp IC attached to the heat sink U1 (TDA7294) has partially melted. CORRECTION: The IC is not actually melted but it is damaged due to the exploded C6 I guess, I found pieces from the black substance from it on the bottom of the cab.

    Small additional detail: I was physically turning the amp to look at the back of it when it "popped".

    What do you recommend me to correct the problem? I live in Atlanta, should I take the amp to a SWR tech (if available) or should I get new parts and try to fix the problem by myself? I can solder and read schematics. BTW I bought the amp used a few days ago and straightened some components on the PCB, C6 MAY have been one of the components I touched but I am not sure.

    I can post photos if they would be of any help.

    Adding: When the output switch is in the "phones only "position I hear only hum though the headphones. The other two positions are completely silent though phones too. I get the signal to headphones though effects send and tuner out jacks.

    That vanished C6...is it 50V electrolyte as its neighbor C5 is?

    All in all, should I simply get a new TDA7294V and C6 and turn the amp on to check if it works?

    Thanks, in advance!!

    PS: Partial schematic posted by acorcos in this thread:
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    Yes, you TDA chip blew up, and C6 is indeed 50v.
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    Thanks Enzo. Are those caps at Radio Shack OK for C6?

    I found some TDA7294V chips at good price here http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...:X:AAQ:US:1123 I bet that "V" means vertical mounting for vertical heat sink so these should be OK I think.

    The white grease stuff between the chip and heat sink must be for heat conductivity, do I need to buy that somewhere to add or do you think what is sticking in the heat sink will be enough?

    Tks again.

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    I have no idea what is at Radio Shack. if they have 10uf 50v caps, then they should be ok, but if all they have is 35v, don't.

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    10-4. I'll get some thermal grease and make sure the cap will be rated for 50V. Would +/-20% tolerance be OK or should it be more accurate?

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    20% will be just fine.
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    Thanks Enzo! Have a great weekend.

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