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    They got the "Viking funeral" if ranked high...

    They got the "Viking funeral" if ranked high enough, sail 'em off in a burning boat. The rest, left to the polar bears. :(
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    Scottish band Stone The Crows lost their...

    Scottish band Stone The Crows lost their guitarist when he took a shock onstage in 1972. And then there's the legend of the Yardbirds' Keith Relf who supposedly took a plugged-in microphone into the...
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    That was all well and good, until the modern era...

    That was all well and good, until the modern era of digital communications. Having observed lots of reviews on Yelp, Google & other services, it's apparent that those who feel they need to complain,...
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    Helluva yarn Randall, earns you a thumbsup. ...

    Helluva yarn Randall, earns you a thumbsup.

    Some 15 years back, had one of those days I just didn't want to answer the phone. I'm sure we've all had them. Had a stretch where there were more than...
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    I'm a little worried an in ear speaker would...

    I'm a little worried an in ear speaker would accelerate his hearing loss, unless it was very carefully controlled.

    On speaker emulators, there's a lot of circuits out there. Which one's the best?...
  6. We had a similar question at The Amp Garage a...

    We had a similar question at The Amp Garage a couple years ago, concerning an amp that really stresses the bejeezus out of 4 x 6V6, the Jim Kelley amp. And its Kitty Hawk clone. Jim Kelley himself...
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    I'll second that! Mick's back, woohoo! Bejeebers,...

    I'll second that! Mick's back, woohoo! Bejeebers, it's been a long time. I'll take this as a good sign.
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    Sounds like a car battery quick-charger. You...

    Sounds like a car battery quick-charger. You could probably buy one of those cheaper than building from scratch, and add as many farads of smoothing caps as you care to. Plenty of those caps...
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    Couple years ago I was called on to repair a...

    Couple years ago I was called on to repair a Crate tube amp made somewhere around 2005-2010 I guess, that had an SMPS power supply. Sure, it was a little lighter weight than an equivalent amp that...
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    Touring Brasil 1982, found that to be true, also...

    Touring Brasil 1982, found that to be true, also some areas were 50 Hz, some 60. And in some remote ares we never got to, 25 Hz !?! Somebody must have found some old subway generators & hauled 'em...
  11. Could be that old filter cap is getting leaky...

    Could be that old filter cap is getting leaky with age, and that's causing your rectifier to arc. Yes it would be a good idea to go to 500V caps, for the first two sections. Nothing like having a...
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    OK, well so much for that (my) theory. Thanks for...

    OK, well so much for that (my) theory. Thanks for your explanation!
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    If it hasn't failed yet, looks like it's gonna...

    If it hasn't failed yet, looks like it's gonna survive.

    There are commercial amps, PA gear, other stuff that have series/parallel switches built in. So, it can be done. Just don't have it in 120V...
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    After searching high & low for affordable toggle...

    After searching high & low for affordable toggle switches rated 1000V more or less, coming up with nothing, I just go with regular good quality Carling switches rated for 250VAC. Though they may not...
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    That's why I mentioned, use the quality stuff,...

    That's why I mentioned, use the quality stuff, 3M, not shoddy dime store junk.

    After some tuff nut repairs over the last week, I think I'm becoming unwrapped. :p
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    Don't we have a sticky about that? * see below......

    Don't we have a sticky about that? * see below...

    I would avoid assuming the can shell is floating in any can cap. In spite of anything the seller/manufacturer may infer. What I do, is put a...
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    Good so far. Having another quick blink at the...

    Good so far. Having another quick blink at the circuit, I don't see any other resistive pathways that would fool us into thinking the bulb's cold resistance is 105 ohms. Of course it would be best to...
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    It's always a good thing to have leveling...

    It's always a good thing to have leveling resistors, they will steer the voltages across the series caps so that each sees half the high voltage, even if one starts leaking a little current. Cheap...
  19. HotBox oven/isolation cab, sounds like my house...

    HotBox oven/isolation cab, sounds like my house this time of year, no air cornditioning. Need to adapt an oldie but goodie: Gimme Swelter.
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    I work on a lot more tube than transistor...

    I work on a lot more tube than transistor vibrato/tremolo circuits, trying to revive them. I'm sure they have similar failure modes - most often having to do with the capacitors in the oscillator....
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    While keeping in mind that famous quote, attributed to Joe Walsh: "Sounded GREAT! Just before it blew up..."
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    Borrow this line from Scotty Kilmer, top auto...

    Borrow this line from Scotty Kilmer, top auto advice channel on YouseTube: "It's gonna be a bottomless money pit!" Then offer to buy his deflicted old tube amp for $100, let him go get a Quilter or...
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    ^^^ what Chuck said. I do my tube shopping at CE....

    ^^^ what Chuck said. I do my tube shopping at CE. I'm sure there are other reliable sources, for instance Doug's Tubes on Long Island, showing JJ KT77. And Jim McShane in Chicago - he will probably...
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    No, they most emphatically are not! Randall,...

    No, they most emphatically are not! Randall, please step up and tell the man! Valvehead, prepare yourself for a sad tale of woe and intrigue.

    Of course, if you don't want to take good advice,...
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    It's not so much the warped, it's conductivity in...

    It's not so much the warped, it's conductivity in the circuit boards. And every summer in the US, well heck, anywhere, it seems humidity makes it worse. A MUCH DISCUSSED TOPIC on these pages! The...
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    What kind of power are you getting? If the amp's...

    What kind of power are you getting? If the amp's obviously lagging in the power department then fresh output tubes will likely put it back to normal. Or if it's sludgy sounding... old tube syndrome....
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    There's almost always a way to adjust bias...

    There's almost always a way to adjust bias voltage, even if it means changing out a resistor. Or put a 20K trimpot in series with that 27K resistor. In any case I've used JJ KT77 and had no problems,...
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    Co-miserate... Luckily such customers are rare...

    Co-miserate... Luckily such customers are rare here these days. Tell him if his mechanic rebuilt the steering & front end on his car, then months later it started having a leak out the gas tank. Or...
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