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Vox AC30CC troubleshooting

Gretch

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Hello Good People,
I have an Vox AC30CC2X, I bought it used a year ago, very satisfied customer until last night. I turn the switch on (red light was on) and went back to the kitchen to make myself a sandwich while the amp was warming up. Sandwich was delicious, my trick is to use... nevermind, when I was done eating, went back to play but my amp was not working! No red light, it basically looked like no power was going to the amp.

I haven't investigated much so far, except for plugging it in a different power outlet, still not working. I like to try to fix stuff by myself if possible before taking it to a tech. Any ideas? I will obviously check the fuse but any other suggestion will be appreciated!

Thanks for your help. Wish my first post was about a more exciting subject!

Gretch
 
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54GT

Gold Supporting Member
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1,467
Check the rectifier tube. Some AC30CCs have issues with blowing these.
 

utterhack

Member
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3,424
You have 99% likely lost the rectifier tube and probably the fuse that's in the pullout tray where you attach the mains plug. Check the one next to it as well.

Roll up your sleeves, because getting to the chassis is a drag. Replace the rectifier and fuse(s) with known good ones, then turn the standby switch to ON and never touch it again. The amp will be fine and will thank you for it.

A little more detail on this if you're curious:

Do Not Use Standby on an AC30: http://vintageamps.com/plexiboard/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=75667
Vox AC30s: to use standby switch or not: http://www.vintageamps.com/plexiboard/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=80999&p=799182
The Old Standby Switch Chestnut!: http://vintageamps.com/plexiboard/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=81689
 

sixstring531

Silver Supporting Member
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3,198
Rectifier tube and the little fuse underneath your ac cable. change both and tell me how you feel in the morning.
 

Gretch

Member
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Thanks a lot for this great input. I am (was) indeed "standby switch power user", being fully convinced that this was the best way to extend the life of the tubes in my amp, I'll stop using it I guess.

I'll have a look at the fuse and the rectifier tube. One quick question, what does a blown tube looks like compare to a functioning one? This is my first tube amp...
 

utterhack

Member
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Congratulations on your first tube amp! The good news is, no other tube amp you ever own will be as much of a pita when it comes to tube changes.

The bad tube won't look any different. But if you pull the chassis, plug it in, and turn both switches on, you may get a lightshow!

btw, in most amps the standby switch is a fine idea... just not this one.
 

sixstring531

Silver Supporting Member
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blown fuse will either look normal with the little wire in the middle melted in half or, as in every blown tube I've experienced, look black and smokey with the wire in half.

Yeah, that amp is not so friendly when it comes to changing tubes. They aren't hard to get to, just a bunch of screws that melt like butter when you try and touch them with your tools. They are soft, so be careful.
 

mobis8

Member
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It is odd that the amp stopped working after you turned it on and walked away. You have heard from others that the standby switch is not a good idea on this amp, which is correct however you didn't say that it blew after you flipped the switch, rather before. If that is the case I don't see how the rectifier would have went out. Sounds to me like maybe you had a power spike that blew the fuse (especially considering you said the light went off).
 

Gretch

Member
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Hello All,
well, you guys definitely know your stuff!

“You have 99% likely lost the rectifier tube and probably the fuse that's in the pullout tray where you attach the mains plug”.

“Rectifier tube and the little fuse underneath your ac cable.”

I don’t know about the rectifier tube yet but the fuse is definitely blown. So I’ll go buy another fuse and hope it’ll be all I need….but I understand I only have a 1% chance that it is still working ;)

If I need a rectifier tube, should I get the same I have or use this opportunity to get a better one? The one I currently have is a Sovtek 5AR4.

For the sandwich, well, I will unfortunately have to keep this secret for myself :p
 

utterhack

Member
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Unlike swapping preamp tubes, you wont really notice any difference between rectifier tubes. Any 5AR4/GZ34 will do fine once you stop whacking it with surges from the standby switch. I usually go with whatever's handy, which in my case is currently a Mesa from GC.

I'd buy another two fuses, btw... when you power-up next you'll have a golden moment when the green light starts to go on before your recto tube takes out the new fuse and everything goes dark again. Probably worth getting the tube while you're out.
 

mobis8

Member
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While I agree with utterhack in that the rectifier doesn't affect the tone, I will say I put in a 60's RCA I picked up at our local guitar show thing and it did make the amp "feel" different... maybe it is just my ears trying to justify the expense though lol... A lot of AC30 users like the new JJ stuff though fwiw...

I still don't think that the rectifier is blown though... he had it on standby when the amp stopped working...
 

Gretch

Member
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Hello All,
well, it took some time, but I was finally able to find the fuse I needed: 4 amp slow blow. Not an easy quest, I had to go in a specialized electronic shop, they don't keep these in hardware stores.

So, here's what happened. I put it the new fuse, switched on the amp, everything looked good, I could see some light in the rectifier tube warm up but it turned into a light show after maybe 5 seconds and the fuse blew (I bought a pack of 5).

So, is the conclusion that I have blown rectifier tube?
 

mobis8

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wow...

sounds like it imo...

out of curiosity what position was the standby switch on when it blew? did you power it on wide open?
 

Wagster

Silver Supporting Member
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8,189
Buy a new 5ar4.JJ's are a lot better than the Sovtek that's in there.It will keep blowing fuses until you replace the rectifier tube.
 

Thelastninja

Member
Messages
135
You have 99% likely lost the rectifier tube and probably the fuse that's in the pullout tray where you attach the mains plug. Check the one next to it as well.

Roll up your sleeves, because getting to the chassis is a drag. Replace the rectifier and fuse(s) with known good ones, then turn the standby switch to ON and never touch it again. The amp will be fine and will thank you for it.

A little more detail on this if you're curious:

Do Not Use Standby on an AC30: http://vintageamps.com/plexiboard/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=75667
Vox AC30s: to use standby switch or not: http://www.vintageamps.com/plexiboard/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=80999&p=799182
The Old Standby Switch Chestnut!: http://vintageamps.com/plexiboard/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=81689
Thanks, man!
 

Scott Auld

Administrator
Staff member
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So, is the conclusion that I have blown rectifier tube?
Not necessarily blown, just crappy. I got the same amp, this is a known situation.

Your power fuse blew, which happens because of the crappy Rectifier GZ34 tube.


If you pull the Rect tube (the big one) I bet you see loose crap rattling around in there, which is bad, causes shorts, etc.

EASY FIX THOUGH.

Eurotubes has a full set of JJ's for that amp for under a hundred bucks.


Direct link:
https://ssl.eurotubes.com/cart/index.php?page=view_products&category_id=130&sub_category_id=131

Or

  • go to http://eurotubes.com/
  • Click Shop Online;
  • On the left hand side look for "Full Retube™ kits for VOX amps." ;
  • Then click the first link for the CC amps.

Looks like it's $85 for the standard retube kit for the CC2.

Vox AC30CC Custom Classic Standard Retube
Price: 85.50
Description: Add some warmth and sparkle to your AC30 Custom Classic. A matched quad of JJ EL84's, a JJ GZ34 and three ECC83S's with one balanced ECC83S for the phase inverter. Just let me know in the comments section if your looking for max headroom, moderate or an early breakup so I can select a proper grade for the power tubes."
 

Gretch

Member
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Hello Scott,
sounds interesting.... I already ordered my GZ34, I'll see if it fixes the issue. But a guy was talking me into changing all the tubes in my amp because Vox doesn't matched them up properly... 85$ isn't too bad.
 




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