I bought it with no tubes. I have two RCA black plate 7199's NOS, Mullard 5AR4/GZ34 and 4 new Tung Sol EL34B's.
Hooked up a set of speakers to it. Slowly brought it up on a Variac and checked the power transformer voltages with no tubes in it and it checked fine at 117 volts. I then brought it up on a Variac with the rectifier tube in and starting at 50 volts and then 70, then 90 and stopped at 117 volts. Waiting about 15 minutes each step. All seemed fine. Turned it off and pulled the rectifier tube and put the rest of the tubes in and checked the filament heater voltages again. Checked fine. Put the rectifier tube in and turned it back on. Measured all the voltages as per the build manual and they all measured good.
I set the bias to 1.56 on both sides. A little bit of jumping around but seemed fine. Hooked it up to a PAS-3 and FM-3 I have had for like 15 years. It didn't sound the best at first but after a couple hours started to sound better. The next day it sounded like the day before when I first fired it up, but not too long after started sounding good. The tubes are burning in and the amp is starting to sound really good.
I checked the bias again after a few hours running and it was 1.91 on one side and 1.93 on the other side. OK, just adjust the bias again. But it won't go below 1.89 on either side. But the bias is rock stable. I suspect the new tubes are drawing too much current. That sound right?
How should I go about fixing the problem? I want to leave this as stock as possible. I thought when I fix the problem I would add the diode then. Can I change the 15.6 ohm resistors for 10 ohm to fix the problem. Then would I have to set bias to 1.00?
Or should I get a set of output tubes with lower amp draw?
Thank you, Kenny