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    Dynaco Stereo 70 Bias Adjust Issue

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    Post by misterc57 Thu Jan 13, 2022 3:12 pm

    Hey Folks

    Have a ST70 bias issue and questions.  

    Left channel will only reach 1.3 VDC and bias pot is maxed out.  Center tap of bias pot to ground is 9.8K ohms.  
    Right channel is good at 1.56 and pot is not maxed out.   Center tap of bias pot to ground is 12.1K ohms.  

    Components in the bias checked good.  

    Swapped the left and right channel tube pairs.  The problem followed the tubes to the right channel, left channel bias ok to 1.56 VDC

    So now the problem is in the right channel.  Tried a completely different pair of tubes in the right channel and maxing out around 1.33 VDC.

    Any suggestions?

    I did notice that the 2 x .02 disc cap is bubbling but did not measure any shorts there.  Would this effect the bias adjustments?

    I will attempt to include two images in this post.

    Thank you.  MC

    ps.  I also noticed a lot of wax on the bottom cover that must have dripped from the choke.  Is this something to be concerned about?

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    Post by Bob Latino Thu Jan 13, 2022 3:46 pm

    Replace the selenium rectifier with a diode. Also replace that possibly damaged double .022 capacitor @ 50 volt with TWO .022 uF @ 50 or 100 volts caps and replace your output tubes.

    If swapping output tubes from channel to channel causes the problem to move to the other channel, then use new output tubes on BOTH channels.

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    Post by misterc57 Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:06 pm

    Bob Latino wrote:Replace the selenium rectifier with a diode. Also replace that possibly damaged double .022 capacitor @ 50 volt with TWO .022 uF @ 50 or 100 volts caps and replace your output tubes.

    If swapping output tubes from channel to channel causes the problem to move to the other channel, then use new output tubes on BOTH channels.

    Bob

    Hi Bob

    Is the selenium replaced by one 1n4007?

    Will a pair of .01 caps work in this scenario or should I order .022?

    Thank you! MC
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    Post by Bob Latino Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:32 pm

    Yes - You can use a 1N4007 silicon diode to replace the selenium rectifier.

    A pair of .01 uF caps may work ? I can't say for sure.  If you already have some .01 caps, use two pairs of .01 uF caps in parallel and you have two .02 uF caps.

    Note - Those caps only look at 1/2 the 6.3 volt AC voltage (about 3.15 VAC) on the two filament lines so either a 50 or a 100 volt cap is plenty large enough to handle the voltage.

    Bob

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    Post by misterc57 Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:28 am

    It looks like the selenium rectifier has already been bypassed with a diode.  See pic.  The top lug of the selenium appears clipped off and the lower lug is being used as a connection lug.

    Perhaps I need to change the resistor values at the 7 lug terminal strip to obtain the correct bias at the output tubes.

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    Post by Bob Latino Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:56 am

    Yes - I believe the selenium rectifier has been bypassed BUT I would still remove it. I had a friend years ago tell me that his selenium rectifier cracked and leaked selenium (a poisonous substance) on to the inside of the chassis.

    If you are using a diode to replace the selenium rectifier, you should lower the value of the two resistors on the 7 lug terminal strip. They are probably the original 10K resistors. The should be replaced with two 5K resistors. This will raise the bias that can be applied to the output tubes. A diode has more "forward voltage" than the original selenium rectifier so a resistor change is necessary to bring the bias on both channels back up into the proper range.

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    Post by misterc57 Fri Jan 14, 2022 11:17 am

    Ok, I will remove it.

    What should the wattage be on the replacement resistors? 1/2 watt okay?

    Thank you!
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    Post by Bob Latino Fri Jan 14, 2022 11:23 am

    misterc57 wrote:Ok, I will remove it.

    What should the wattage be on the replacement resistors?  1/2 watt okay?

    Thank you!

    I would use two 5K 1 watt resistors

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    Post by misterc57 Fri Jan 14, 2022 4:08 pm

    Since I am going to have to order the resistors, is there a preference to carbon film vs metal film?

    Also, any preference on the .022 cap type?

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    Post by Bob Latino Fri Jan 14, 2022 4:25 pm

    misterc57 wrote:Since I am going to have to order the resistors, is there a preference to carbon film vs metal film?

    Also, any preference on the .022 cap type?

    Thank you

    Not really .. Any kind of cap will do .. These two caps are not in the signal path ...

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