NAD and the Midas touch

Discussion in 'Glowing Bottle Tube Amp Forum' started by JD15, Jan 22, 2020.

  1. JD15

    JD15 TDPRI Member

    Jun 23, 2019
    Just got a used DRRI for a little over $600 on CL, with an extra speaker too (WGS ET65). Playing it, I notice the reverb is a bit weak and the tremolo ticks.

    For the reverb, I clean the RCA contacts, try another set of cables, change out some preamp tubes and try the tank in another amp (it works as expected there). I may get a reverb driver/transformer if I want to do surf.

    On to the tremolo - poke around with a wooden skewer and move the small gauge wires around from the board to the tube sockets and instant win, tick gone!

    Play it for a little bit and it sounded a little thin, thought it was because the chassis and the reverb tank were out and the back was off. I go back over to the amp and it starts humming and getting louder. Oh oh, switch the standby off and still humming loud and then shut it off. One of the 6v6s was really hot and it's a black glass GT tube, so I cant see if something went wrong with the tube itself.

    What are the chances a power tube goes at that moment? Every time I do something with an amp something goes to sh*t.

    I was going to get new tubes and put them in but I did a little reading about power tube failure and the hum which could be bias supply problem and grid resistors going bad. Where are they on this amp?
  2. rangercaster

    rangercaster Poster Extraordinaire

    May 8, 2008
    portland, or
    Anything can happen with an older product ... amps or used cars ... checkup by a good tech is my recommendation... congrats !!!
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