el84 won't sit tight in the socket

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by wsaraceni, Jan 22, 2006.

  1. wsaraceni

    wsaraceni Member

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    what can i do? the original tube was tight and when i replaced it the new tube isn't. when i play i can hear it rattling really bad. anything i can do?
     
  2. wsaraceni

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    would a band clamp work? tighten it real tight around the tube socket to squeeze the tube a little? if not i guess i can solder in a new tube socket. shouldn't be too hard
     
  3. riffmeister

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    I think the pin tensioners in the socket can be adjusted (with some difficulty)
     
  4. wsaraceni

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    how would i go about doing that
     
  5. Tone_Terrific

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    Just tighten the actual tube connectors. They're like little sleeves and if you wedge somenting like a small nail in between the sleeve and the shell it will force the connector closed. The worst you can do is break it....unelss you have it plugged in....you might want to discharge the caps. You can do it without pulling the chassis if you have access &/or check the connectors with a meter before touching. If you don't know what I'm talking about don't touch it.
     
  6. wsaraceni

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    thanks for the reply. i'll try that tomorrow. i have it unplugged now. gotta get a meter from a friend. don't want to die!!! actually shouldn't be a problem at all. just didnt know those little things can be tightened like that.
     
  7. wsaraceni

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    got a friend that can do that. he has worked on amps before. taking it to him.
     
  8. wsaraceni

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    this got me thinking. how hard is it to bleed the caps properly? it has to be relatively easy (dangerous as well) for just about any competent person with the right tools. not that i would consider trying it until shown in person the proper method, but it can't be that hard can it?
     
  9. wsaraceni

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    didn't take it as you telling me i was uncapable. i think it's just the fact that there is no room for error. the guy i know isn't an amp "tech" but he has worked on electronics forever so he knows his stuff pretty well. time to learn step 1 so i can do this by myself next time. thanks for the help guys.
     
  10. myles loud

    myles loud Supporting Member

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    hey wsaraceni !!
    use something made of wood to bend them, like a shishkabob scewer.
    it's made of wood and has a pionty end. they sell them at the food store, you'll get plenty in the pak.
    always use wood , like a chop stick, or?? to mess around with amp inerds, moving wires, etc..!!
    myles
     
  11. wsaraceni

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    not a bad idea? anyone care to share a reason why that wouldn't be a 100% safe alternative. unless say i get a splinter
     
  12. myles loud

    myles loud Supporting Member

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    btw...
    i've used the chop stick, drum stick,etc on several opened up amps with out a problem. no shock at all. even plugged in and running , moving wires to get rid of (locate the cause of) oscillation.
    myles
     
  13. wsaraceni

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    that should be on video
     
  14. Ritualee

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    wsaraceni-

    If you're replacing a tube in a Bad Cat, I know that some brands of tube won't fit in the clamp they use. Stupid, I know. If this is what's happening you should definitely email Bad Cat and bitch. Also ask what tubes fit properly.
     
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    Rubber gloves....
     
  16. wsaraceni

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    it's the mini cat and it looks to me as if it's a generic looking socket. i know it was me that messed up because the original tube won't fit either. i must have stretched the things when i was putting it in without realizing.
     
  17. sundaypunch

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    File that one in the "missed opportunities" category. With a camcorder and some patience you had a sure America's Funniest Home Videos grand prize winner.
    :BEER
     

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