hifi amp, tremolo-like distortion @ volume

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  1. wall_of_sleep

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    I have a small vintage hifi amlifier that is breaking into tremolo-like distortion at volume. Dialing up either the volume or the bass affects the rate and severity of the distortion.

    The amp works great to about 75%, so I don't want to tear into it without a better idea of what the cause may be. Thanks.
     
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    it's motorboating. inadequate power supply decoupling.
     
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    Yes, the vintage electrolytic caps are likely to be unfit for purpose.
    Time to replace all electrolytics.
    Pete.
     
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    Most often the electrolytics in the preamp section.
     
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    Thanks all. I had already swapped the filters and a couple others. Will look into completing the cap job.
     
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    I completed a full cap job on this amplifier and am still getting the motor boating on the magnetic jack channel at around 50% volume. There is also some hum that goes off and on with pressure on the 6sc7.

    Will continue troubleshooting, but am welcome to any suggestions.

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