Distance between transformers

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  1. ponce

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    How far apart should the power and output transformers be placed to avoid interference. Does orienting them in 90 degree fashion really help with hum/noise?
     
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    Yes for 90-degree orientation.

    Distance is function of how BIG magnetic fields each generate...so, BIG output transformers are spaced further apart than smaller output transformers...basically an I-squared times L function.
     
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    What about their influence on tubes?
     
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    "Inverse-Square Law" applies to both electric & magnetic fields.
     
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    Is it safe (soundwise and safetywise) to move the power transformer off chassis and mount it somewhere else in the cabinet with longer wires?
     
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    I ask this because I want to install 2x10" speakers in a 1x12" combo and the power transformer is kind of in the way.:)
     
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    You mean like this?

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    put headphones on the output trans and listen for a quiet orientation with the power tranny on
     
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    Yeah I was going to suggest putting an ac voltmeter on millivolt range on the OT primary while rotating it around to find the lowest reading.
     
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    I have mounted them in the same orientation in custom builds with no apparent problem. They were probably 3" or more apart though.
     
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    Quick-n-Dirty "eye-ball" experiment...put a cheap Boy Scout Compass nearer and nearer to any transformer to get a idea of "how close" is too close...you'll know when the compass doesn't point North any more.
     
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    xfmr.JPG how many turns? induced voltage is proportional to turns, got a Marshall with 800 turns or a Fender with 4000 turns?

    how big is the power transformer? the bigger the better for keeping stray flux inside the core. Permeabillity drops as the E-I lams get smaller. Dinky pwr xfmr gonna radiate a lot, look at a Marantz 2270, pwr xfmr is right next to RF input, so they use a huge core and low turns to keep radiation down.

    having iron at opposite ends does help balance the weight,

    other types of noise will dominate transformer coupling, listen to Pete Townsend and tell me what the worst noise is,
     
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    As much distance between transformers as possible is a good thing, but not always ideal if it means running the HT B+ lines and high current output secondaries in the vicinity of the preamp.

    On the other hand, the conventional 5E3 has its OT and PT almost adjacent to one another, oriented 90 degrees apart. With proper grounding, they are dead quiet.
     
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    No, generally not safe or desirable. A lot of precautions would have to be met. Are you building from scratch or modding an existing amp?Mush easier to design an amp to be built this way from the start.

    Better solution would be to buy/build a custom 2x10 cab. Otherwise, many 2x10, 4x10, or 2x12 have offset baffles, with one speaker lower than the others to clear the iron.

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    Even Fender did this...
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    I've moved an OT over a little on the chassis to clear a bigger speaker magnet, did it with the amp on so I could hear the hum change, but then of course shut it off before drilling new holes!

    Moving the PT to fit more speakers in a cramped cab?
    There are more wires to the PT and some are carrying killer voltage, I'd buy another cab before relocating the PT.
    Or choose one of the tens with a smaller magnet?
    Many alnico speakers have removable covers over the magnet and I've removed them for this issue, as did Fender in the Tweed Bassman and other amps.
     
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    Some vintage amps, such as Magnatones and just about every vintage organ I've seen do this, but the PT is always in a chassis of some kind. Just taking it off the chassis and bolting or screwing it somewhere and lengthening the leads is very dangerous.
     
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    If it's done safely and correctly, sure. If done haphazardly, then no. As you can see from the pic of the Excelsior I posted, they mounted it very securely and used conduit to route the HV wires to the preamp chassis.
     
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    I've moved the PT successfully, made a new baffle, installed the 2 tens only to find out that they sound like crap. Back to 1x12", and hopefully a new amp one day. This one gave me too much to do last 10 years.
     
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