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drip electronics| 72 pcb build manual

attention|disclaimer
this project is presented as artwork, and is solely
intended as such.
the photographs containing the telefunken logo
are protected as original artwork and do not
imply association with telefunken or its
companies (including telefunken usa)
although this board can be assembled and
built into a functioning microphone pre-amplifier.
due to the high voltages and possibilities of
human error , drip electronics | gregory lomayesva
hereby assumes no liability for injury/damage/loss
which might unintentionally occur.
proceed at your own risk.

copyright 2008 gregory lomayesva

dripelectronics

dripelectronics@hotmail.com

designed by

gregory lomayesva

features :
1. the pcb has been designed around the circuit and not the components. creating the shortest paths to each important connection
2. pcb uses 3 oz copper
3. a ground plane is used with the heaviest gauge of
of copper possible . (also acting as a shield against emi)
4. the use of axial leaded SPRAGUE ATOMS or CDE tc series capacitors
both revered for their sound and high ripple tolerance.
5. optional emi mod resistors
6. pcb is .93thick , less vibration ,better thermal dissipation
excellent dielectric between layers.
7. input volume is controlled by potentiometer

19. most traces are 2mm wide on 3 oz copper


(almost 20 times the needed copper)
20. direct input capable for guitars etc.
21. pcb mount lundahl transformers
22. optional grounding through standoffs
23. use of readily available ef-86 or ef-806 tubes
24. entire circuit is on one side of board (no overlapped traces)
25. same symmetrical design as the drip opto 3
26. insulated 5.08 screw connectors can be used for all connections
27. main circuit is true to the original design

8. tube heaters have dc reference circuit built into board


(further protecting ac hum from entering the audio circuit)

28. heater traces on board (no heater wiring)

9.

29. all pots/switches can be bypassed preserving the original


signal path .

gain boost can be selected with stepped atenuator (rotary switch)


without pops or thuds. (feed back loop adjustment)

10. optional hi frequency roll off using rotary switch up to 12


positions (no pops or thuds).
11. the diode footprints are for hi performance hex / fred diodes
(to-220)
13. optional output volume control using potentiometer
14. low cut (rumble filter)
15. on board fuse
16. resistor footprints are large enough for carbon comp.
17. tube heaters are on pcb (no wiring)
18. VU meter now works with the design.

30. use of available power transformer (same version as LA2a)


31. heaters can be powered by a dc power supply
32. hi separation between powersupply and audio circuit.
33. most resistors and caps correspond to the original schematic
giving you the ability to adjust and experiment with different
values
34 optional air mod for boosting hi frequencies.

Warnings|caution
It is important to cover a few safety tips and cautions before you
begin.
1. This project has high voltages, at some places on a live
board voltages can be upwards of +300v .
It is not a terrible amount of current/voltage , and I have been
shocked many times for foolish mistakes such as forgetting the unit
was powered on while servicing it etc.
Its enough voltage to remind you to never make that mistake
again.
For someone with a heart condition this voltage can be lethal.
2. Once the unit has been powered up , the filtering electrolytic
capacitors will remain with charge in them for
a period after the power has been switched off.
I found that a shock also is still possible for a few moments.
3. Never lift or remove the safety ground (chassis ground from AC
cord).
The board with proper wiring and ground layout will have minimal noise
and hum ,
solving a hum problem by lifting the safety ground is wrong, often il
legal and dangerous to you and others.
4. Work off of an ac plug that is grounded to earth.
5. If the fuse pops on the pcb or a circuit breaker , there IS something
wrong , stop ,re check all connections and review your work.
the fuse will only pop if there is a short or a miswired connection.
6. Do not rush through the project with out reviewing your work
several times . beware of solder bridges .
sloppy work or impatience is dangerous to you and others.
7. Be neat in your connections and wire runs, dont use more wire then
is needed for each connection.
if you cant be neat , dont bother with this project.
Neatness promotes accuracy
8. If the electrolytic capacitors are mounted in reverse , they can
explode violently . REMEMBER THIS. CHECK EACH ELECTROLYTIC !.
9. if you do not understand something fully that is not covered
in this manual or are unsure about something. STOP.
and ask a question either in the forum or through email.
you will be helped.
10. This unit is intended as a mono unit , and was not designed
for anything but the rated power transformer.
11. The use of a vented case IS necessary.
12. always unplug the ac cord and tape the plug before servicing.
13. always use a small PLASTIC handle screw driver when adjusting the
terminal blocks , THE SCREW CONNECTS DIRECTLY TO THE CIRCUIT !!

to start is simple , using the build order on the facing page ,


you will begin by placing all the components on the pcb,
and solder them into place .
2 notes on soldering : always clean your tip of excess solder after each
use , ALWAYS CHECK FOR SOLDER BRIDGES after each component is soldered.
whats great about the pcb is if all the parts are placed correctly .
you will get identical results over and over.
only the power transformer will cause any variance in b+ voltage.
but this can be adjusted by raising or lowering the value of r25.
the ideal b+ voltage is between 260vdc and 275vdc , some people prefer
260v and some prefer 275v , back in the 60s plus or minus up to 20%
was ok , but with the advent of 1% resistors you can achieve more precise
voltages over and over.
the pcb allows the use of 5.08 mm spaced insulated headers for your
convenience in attaching wire to board , but i recommend soldering directly
to the pcb for the power section and also the gain and reduction potentiometers .
be sure to take great care in double checking the values of the components
you place , in most instances, the value on the pcb legend will be covered
by the component once placed on the pcb .
if one component is misplaced or the wrong value is soldered , the entire
circuit can fail , damaging many other components .
after populating the board with all the components and transformers ,
you will place the board in its case and begin attaching all the wires
to the pcb ,
take great care and time in attaching each wire to the pcb .
make sure each wire is not to short , but also not too long ,
leave a little slack in each wire so it can be either secured to the case
or like in the power section have enough room to allow for separation.
if you follow the instructions in the manual , your first power up
should be successful , but always close the lid on the case when you
do this , for if you made a catastrophic error like soldering an electrolytic back wards , it wont explode in your face.

info|build order
1.) install transformers if using pcb mount
2.) install tube sockets
3.) install resistors and jumpers
4.) install capacitors
5.) install _fuse clips and fuse
6.) connect ground leads and solder tags
7.) connect pots
8.) connect switches | rotary switch (optional)
9.) connect XLRs | ground lifts
10.) connect ac section
11.) connect vu meter
12.) review your work
13.) install tubes
14.) power up
15.) pass audio test
16.) trouble shoot if needed.

tools:
to start the project you will need some basic tools.
depending if you have purchased a pre-drilled enclosure.
or if you are fabricating your own case.
for basic assembly you will only need a few tools.
solder/wire snips/needle nose pliers/wire strippers/screw driver and
solder/hot glue gun.
also a multi meter for testing connections and fine tuning voltages.
one of the most important tools will be your soldering iron .
the radio shack 40 watt soldering iron is a great buy and works well.
it is recommended to get a small 15w fine tip soldering iron
for the delicate work of soldering the very close together pcb
pins on the audio transformers.
however you will never regret purchasing a 200$ digital weller model
as shown above.

always use a small PLASTIC handle screw driver


when adjusting the terminal blocks ,
on some models
THE SCREW CONNECTS DIRECTLY TO THE CIRCUIT !!
and can shock you even when the unit is off .

audio transformers
it is important to place the audio transformers first , before any
other components .
the pins are configured so you cant put them in backwards on the
pcb.
the pins on the ll1626 are very close together and this is a good
place to use a very fine tipped soldering iron.
a good soldering iron is the radio shack 15watt. (fine tip)
you will need to inspect your work for solder bridges !
the holes of the footprint on the ll1636 are plated through
please avoid solder flowing through and pooling on the other side
creating a short.
the holes on the 1578xl pcb footprint are also plated through,
so please use only enough heat and solder necessary
to make good contact with the pcb and avoid over doing it .
it is a good idea to place the transformers in their footprints and
turn the pcb over on to a flat surface.
then while pressing down on the pcb , solder the transformers pcb
pins.
another way is to solder 1 pin to hold the transformer into place
then while pressing down solder a caddy corner pin.
you can re-heat these two pins to make sure the transformer is flat
against the pcb surface , then solder all the pins.
once all the pins on these transformers are soldered ,
they are very difficult to remove , so be very careful
to get it right the first time .
ive damaged a transformer by overheating it to try and
remove it from the pcb .
ideally it would be best to place the transformers in
their footprints , then apply a small drop of hot glue
on the sides of each transformer bonding it lightly to
the pcb (do not put hot glue under the transformer).
then soldering the pins while the pcb is in an upright position ,
this would help avoid solder flowing through too much on the
1578xl pins.

plate choke : lundahl LL 1667 / 5mA

or sowter 9375B (with pcb pins)

audio input transformer : Lundahl 1636 pcb pins


audio output transformer: Lundahl 1578XL pcb pins

pcb foot print for the 1578xl


transformer

pcb foot print for the LL1636


transformer

choke/audio transformer placement

location for sowter choke


or use pads A and E if
using lundahl 1667/5ma

location for 1578xl


transformer

location for ll1636


transformer

lundahl choke : 1667/5mA

using the lundahl choke 1667/5ma

The LL1667 is an anode choke for tube amplifiers. The choke is


built with two coils and are using a special audio C-core.
The coils are made using a low capacitance coil winding technique.
The two coil structure greatly reduces the risk of picking up hum
caused by external magnetic fields from e.g. mains transformers.

NOTE : once operational , this is a very high voltage area

the choke has mounting holes


on the bottom of it for it
to be screwed to the chassis.
find the best location close
to the edge of the pcb nearest to the footprint to avoid
long wire runs.

to begin installation of your lundahl choke you will first


need to jumper (bridge) two of the pins on the choke its self.
if you look at the back of the choke there are four pins as
illustrated below.
jumper pins 4 and 2 (it is best to use insulated wire)
you will then solder a wire to pin3 and then connect that wire
to the pcb pad labeled E (plate)
then you will solder a wire to pin 1 on the choke and then connect it to the pcb pad marked A (b+) .

bridge

pin 4

to pad E
pin 3

pin 2

to pad A
pin 1

connect to these pads


on the pcb footprint

pin 4

using the sowter 9375b

note :
picture is with choke already soldered to pcb
hanging upside down

NOTE : once operational , this is a very high voltage area

the sowter 9375b choke mounts directly to the pcb ,


the choke has 4 pins , 2 of them are unused .
you will have to look at the choke pins and identify
the two pins with small filament wire soldered to them .
the choke is marked with very small numbers on the black
plastic base (very hard to see)
pin 6 is to be placed in the choke pad marked A (b+)
pin 10 is placed in the pad marked unused.
pin 15 is placed in the choke pad marked e(plate)
pin 11 is placed in the pad marked unused.

pin 6

pin 10

if in doubt or you can not see the numbers on the choke ,


use a multi meter set on resistance and ohm out
each pin .
(meaning find the two pins that read an actual ohm value.
two of the pcb pins are unused and will simply read overload)

failure to place choke in the correct position will cause the unit not to function .
and can cause damage to the other components.

empty row of pin


holders on this side

using alternate transformers | hook up information

it is possible to use alternate transformers other then


the lundahls on the pcb .
for connecting an input transformer you will connect the
output of the transformer to either pin 10 on the pcb ,
or you can connect it using the
bypass pad marked + , which is probably best since
hole #10 on the pcb input transformer footprint is
unplated and you will have to solder from the bottom
of the pcb .
as far as grounding the input transformer , it is
probably best to use a solder tag bolted next to the input transformer . but you can try using the pad
on the bypass pads marked as ground .
this ground however is connected to the audio circuit
ground and not the separate input gnd (you probably
wont have a problem with this) its just a design rule of
thumb i do, to always separate the input transformer gnd
and the audio circuit gnd.

as in the illustration above , you can see that


the input transformer ground is clearly separate
from connecting to the large plane audio circuit
ground .

it would probably be best if you connect the xlr


pins 1 & 2 directly to the input transformer .
as to avoid rats nesting the area with random
wire runs.

using alternate transformers | hook up information

to output
capacitor

use this
to ground
transformer
leads

unused

once again you should wire


the output xlr directly to
the transformer.

diode|location

diode foot
prints

parts|diode|info

NOTE : the diodes are one way devices , they must be placed
In the proper direction or damage to other components
may occur.
Diodes are very sensitive to electrostatic charges.

Bulletin PD -2.382 rev


NOTE : once operational , this is a very high voltage area

take notice of the arrow symbol


in between the diode footprints.
use this to match up to the
schematic of your chosen semiconductors.

CATHODE
ANODE

HFA06TB

the cathode is the square pad


the annode is the circular pad.

HEXFREDTM

Features

Ultrafast, Soft Recove

most of the time the lettering


on the diode case will face
this side (double check)

BASE
CATHODE

Ultrafast Recovery
Ultrasoft Recovery
Very Low IRRM
Very Low Qrr
Specified at Operating Conditions

Benefits

HERE IS THE SCHEMATIC FOR A


HEXFRED DIODE (1200V 6AMP)
HFA06TB120

VR = 12
VF(typ.)*

IF(AV) =
Qrr (typ.)=
2

IRRM(typ.)

Reduced RFI and EMI


Reduced Power Loss in Diode and Switching
Transistor
Higher Frequency
Operation
NOTE
: when powered ,some of the highest voltages and amps
Occur at this area on the pcb.
Reduced Snubbing
Reduced Parts Count
it is important to remember that the metal plate

Description

CATHODE

ANODE
2

on top of the fred is also the cathode ,


and high voltage travels through it ,
avoid this area once the unit is active,
also a short time after the unit is turned off.

International Rectifier's HFA06TB120 is a state of the art ultra fast recovery diode.
Employing the latest in epitaxial construction and advanced processing techniques it

trr(typ.) =

di(rec)M/dt (typ.)*

TO-220

route all cables along


edge of board .

cable routing diagram

rotary switch|feedback network|info

feedback network

the feed back network on the pcb controls the gain (boost)
and frequency response (hi cut) of the unit.
there are a few options that the pcb is capable of ,
you may either use 2 multi- position rotary switches
one to adjust the amplification (gain boost)
and one to control the frequency response .
also the ability to bypass both switches and keeping the
circuit as found in the original unimpeded.

optional drip 2 pole five position


rotary switch pcb.
works with mouser part #

105-SR2612F-25-18S (shorting)
capacitor side (for
mica caps)

originally this pcb was designed to compensate for the


changes in frequency response as the resistance in the
feedback loop was altered.
it is designed for a 2 pole five position rotary switch.
5.08 headers can be used for the pads 1&2 and pads 3&4.
its an easy alternative to the following pages on
manually building an attenuator set up.
drawback is you only get five positions
frequency adjustment.

of gain bost or

one side of the pcb is designed for mica capacitors to


adjust the frequency response of the unit. (hi cut)
and the other side is designed for resistors to adjust
the resistance in the feedback loop (boost).

connect to frequency
pads 3&4
3=pole
4=ring

connect to gain
pads 1 & 2
1=ring
2=pole

you can use two separate pcbs and only populate one side
of the pcb leaving the other side blank.
giving you the ability to separately control the frequency
response and a separate control of the boost (feed back resistors).
example for gain boost only :
populate the resistors and solder them into place ,keeping in mind
that position 1 is the lowest setting and position 5 is the highest.

gain side (larger footprints for resistors)

then connect 1 wire to pad 2 (pole) and one wire to pad 1


(labeled gain). then twist these wires and connect them to the
pads on the main pcb marked 1&2 in the feed back section .
example : for frequency response (hi cut) only.
populate the selection of mica caps that best suits your desired
tone . (see following pages for values)
keeping in mind position 7 is the lowest setting
and position 11 is the highest setting .
place capacitors in footprints and solder.
then connect 1 wire to pad 3 (pole) and one wire to pad 4 (ring),
twist and connect them to the pads on the main pcb marked 3&4 in
the feedback section of the pcb.

feedback section
on main pcb

assembly :
the rotary switch is placed on the side of the pcb that is blank.
AUTO COMP MODE :
the pcb will also work as one unit , controling both
the frequency response and the gain boost.
in this format the resistors and capacitors are paired
togeather alowing you to have a pre selected frequency
response for each step of gain boost.
the resistors are paired with the switch positions as
follows :
position
position
position
position
position

resitor side
gain (boost)

capacitor side
(hi-cut)

1
2
3
4
5

/
/
/
/
/

resistor
resistor
resistor
resistor
resistor

1
2
3
4
5

with
with
with
with
with

capacitor
capacitor
capacitor
capacitor
capacitor

7
8
9
10
11

connect gain 1&2 to the main pcb in the feed back network section pads 1&2
connect freq 3&4 to the main pcb in the feed back network section pads 3&4

installing the switch to the pcb :


it is very hard to see the numbering on the back of the rotary
switch , its a good idea to highlight the letters with a sharpie
and also number the side of the switch so you can double check the
alignment with the pcb .
switch side of pcb

be very sure about the alignment because its almost impossible


to de solder it from the pcb once soldered.
use a multi meter to test your positioning if needed.
it is possible to place the switch in reverse ! pay attention
simply align the switch with pin a up and pin c on the bottom
and then place the pcb on top of the switch (silk screened side
up).
solder into place.

pin 1

pin a
place pcb on top
of switch / silk
screen up

pin c

pin 7

building your own rotary switch

RING 1

POLE 2

frequency response
to rotary switch
3 is pole
4 is ring
or for fixed
place cap here

materials

gain (boost)
to rotary switch
2 is pole
1 is ring

1 \ shorting type rotary switch capable of 200v minimum


12 POSITION OR 6 POSITION / 1 POLE
2 \ 2 six inch pieces of 24-22 gauge wire
1 \ piece of bare copper wire 18-24 gauge 3 INCHES LONG
12 OR 6 RESISTORS BETWEEN 10K AND 500K

pads are spaced 5.08 mm


for use of a 4 position
terminal block.
p = pole
r = ring

for fixed gain


place resistor
here

to use fixed freq response


jumper this and omit cap.

switch resistors :
you will use these resistors for the gain boost switch.
this switch can be bypassed with a fixed value on the pcb.
values for 12 position rotary switch: (2 watt is best
.5 watt is minimum)

original schematic for the v72 feedback network


as you see two resistors in series read 80k +
5k = 85k
and the two caps in parallel total 90PF
these or the normal factory set values.

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

10k
22K (la2a size gain)
68k
90k (original value)
100k
150k (tube mics )
200k
220k (general use )
280k (guitar direct in)
330k
400k (dynamic mics)
500k

it is recommended to adjust these values to your needs .


and to experiment ,the higher the resistance , the more gain.
220k seems to be perfect general area .
500k up gets noisy but do experiment.

NOTE : when powered ,this is a high voltage area

building gain boost switch | DIAGRAM 2

pole
solder 1 wire
to this point.
this wire is
pole
connect to pad 2
on the pcb

solder 1 resistor to
each leg of outer pins

connect 1 wire
to ring with solder
this wire is ring
connect to pad 1 on
the pcb

bypass gain (boost) rotary


switch control|fixed value
resistors are
soldered to loop
made
from copper wire
leave this blank

copper wire loop

place fixed value


resistor here .
(2watt is best)

hi-cut rotary switch


ring

pole

this switch controls the frequency response


of the unit . it acts as a selector to roll off the high
frequencies.
it can be very helpful in some applications .
you will build the switch same as you built the rotary switch
with resistors , only substituting the resistors with
mica caps.
a six position 1 pole SHORTING rotary switch is good for this
area .
attach a wire to the pole of the switch and connect it
to pad #3 on the pcb .
then attach a wire to the ring of the switch/cap assembly
and connect this wire to pad #4 on the pcb as shown below.

frequency response
to rotary switch
3 is pole
4 is ring
or for fixed
place cap here
NOTE : shorting type switch must be used

12 positions is a little much , but the switch can be adjusted


to have fewer positions by adjusting the metal stopper.
you might use a meter to ohm out the switch positions
as not to accidentally put the order in reverse.
the far left position of the switch should be the position for
the lowest value cap . (with the shaft facing you)
on some shorting rotary switches you can adjust the number of
stops.

use 300-500v mica caps / ceramics are lesser quality but will
work (500v is best)

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.

2pf (very little cut)


10pf
30pf
50pf
60pf
80pf (original value)
100pf
150pf
200pf
300pf
400pf
500pf (under water)

p = pole
r = ring

bypass frequency response


control (hi-cut)|fixed value
or mica trimmer

place a capacitor here


for fixed value.
bypassing selector switch.

VARIABLE CAPACITOR :
it is possible to use the arco 465 variable trimmer as
used in the la2 project.
jumper this with
a piece of wire

this would allow you to forgo the rotary switch , but


still have the ability to adjust the brightness of the
unit, (you must adjust while the unit is off and unplugged)
simply solder one lead to each side of the mica trimmer
and install as shown in the diagram on the left page.
(replacing the fixed cap with the leads from the trimmer)

direct in | for guitars etc.


for adding a direct input for guitars you will need
the following material .

ring

1 panel mount (mono) 1/4 phone jack


(radioshack part # 274-280 works great)
(radioshack part # 274-0252 will work also)
1 piece of shielded wire aprox 3-4 long 2 conductor w/ foil
shield and shield wire,
for hook up you will solder the shield wire to the
ring connector
and the insulated conductor wire to the tip connector
on the phone plug.
(instead of clipping one of the conductor wires since
you only need one , just strip and combine them )
connect the ends of this wire to the location for GAIN 2
as shown below on the legend .
you will piggy back them into the connector with the wires
from the potentiometer (pin2)

shield
wire (GND)

take notice as the insulated conductor wires go to the pad


marked + and the shield wire goes to the pad marked GND.

this is a really great spot for insulated terminal blocks.


a transformer balanced direct in is said to give a better signal.
jensen transformers make some great transformers for this .

direct in hook up
(location)

5.08 spaced pads for


connecting + of the
phono plug / gain pot
pin 2

insulated
conductor

tip
+

switches|low cut filter|info


following this diagram
you can add the low cut filter
1uf is the traditional cap.
but you can adjust this to suit your needs.

spst switch

to xlr input
socket pin 2

1 uf for pop vox


2 uf for rock vox

to pcb

1-2uf cap

pad xlr pin 2

xlr connectors

in some situations when interfacing your unit with other equipment


a ground lift is helpful in eliminating many different types of
unwanted noise or hum often associated with ground loops and
interference.

XLR INPUT GROUND LIFT

the circuit here illustrates how to create a ground lift switch for
the back of your unit .

SPDT SWITCH

1 MEG OHM
RESISTOR

GND TO CASE

TO XLR SOCKET
PIN # 1

materials :

.01/200V

1
1
1
1
1
3

spdt switch (1/4 inch threaded)


.01@200v(400v best) poly pro capacitor
solder tag (lug)
1/2 watt 1meg ohm resistor
xlr socket
pieces of 22 gauge insulated wire

xlr connectors
ground lift | drawing 2

ground to solder tag next to xlr


socket

NOTE :
it is recommended to install this
from the get go , thus eliminating needless
troubleshooting due to interfacing conflicts.
or the notorious pin 1 problems.

ground to solder tag next to xlr


socket

output

input
You
One
and
(In

will use 2 chassis mount xlr sockets.


female which you will use for input
one male which you will use for output.
the photo , male is on the left)

There are many degrees of quality that


you can get for these , try to buy the
best you can afford . The audio circuit
of the unit begins and ends here.
(switchcraft and neutrik are some good
brands to consider)

NOTE :
before you install ,
identify each pin on the socket
with a marker , write the
number on the side of the socket .
this will insure proper placement
of each wire.

illustrated here are the pinouts


for the xlr sockets if viewed from
the rear (solder side)

XLR OUTPUT

XLR INPUT

xlr in circuit with lift/cut


network

gnd to
case

2
1
3

xlr out circuit with lift


network

2
2
1

3
3

the pad marked shld is


for when using shielded wire.
under most circumstances
shielded wire is
not needed.

potentiometers

gain pot hook up


(location)

5.08 spaced pads for


connecting pins 3 & 1
of the potentiometer

5.08 spaced pads for


connecting pin 2 of
the potentiometer

gain potentiometer hook


up schematic

3
shielded
wire

gain pot|wiring|info
using this pcb gives you the ability to use a main volume control.
for this you will use a 100k / 2 watt pot with an audio taper.
linear taper pots are too quick in their response and make it hard
to dial in smaller amounts of gain .

the gain pot acts as a large resistor in between the signal coming
from the input transformer and the beginning stage of the
amplifier circuit.
there are some effects on the signal , the pot tends to cut
a little high end from the overall frequency of the signal going in to
the amplifier circuit , but this can be overcome with some
mods found after this section.

for these connections , it is essential to use 2 conductor


with foil shield and ground wire.
22 gauge is recommended as it is more manageable to work
with.
please route the gain cable around the left side of the pcb
to the pot , use enough wire do the cable sits along the
bottom corner of the case .
routing the cable over the pcb is not recommended.

NOTE :
i have wired this incorrectly
and coincidentally lost one of the
coils on the input transformer.
make sure you do this right !

1
to gain 3
2

to gain 1

shield wire
(gnd)

to gain +

to gnd

for alps 100k pot

ERRATA :
NOTE : the numbering format on the alps
is actually the normal numbering format
for most pots. the numbering format on
the pcb is in reverse to this
3 2 1 format , PLEASE USE THIS DIAGRAM
TO CLARIFY THIS MISTAKE

shielded
wire

input gain potentiometer


| bypass

if you choose to for go using a potentiometer


you will simply connect a length of shielded wire. you can combine the insulated wires on both ends connecting them to the
pads marked with a + symbol, and use the shield wire to interconnect the pads marked with
the ground symbol

note:
by bypassing the gain pot , you can still control the overall amplification using the boost attenuator.

output pot| hook up


this pot will be helpful in controlling the volume when
using the direct in . (the direct in bypasses the input
gain control pot )
hooking up the output pot is a pretty straight forward task.
using 22 gauge shielded wire using the diagram in the middle of
this page , connecting the shield to pin 1.
youll want to use the same size of pot as you use on the input
volume control.
shield

the recommended value is 100k audio taper 1/4 to 2watt


(2watt is best)

shielded wire

to bypass this pot , simply do not connect a pot to


the pads and jumper the footprint on the pcb labeled bypass next to the output pads on the pcb.

shield
pin 3 is gnd

output volume
control pads

drip air mod


heres a nice mod to add to the gain INPUT pot ,
it will bleed more high frequencies past the pot
and directly into the amplifier section.
simply build another SHORTING rotary switch as for the feedback
loop frequency response switch.
except choosing the values of the mica caps from the chart below.
potentiometers depending on brand will react differently
to the values of capacitors you choose .

leave this wire


alone !

as where on some alps blue series, 500pf will put the signal at
almost a perfect flat frequency response. (if using a 2pf in
the feed back loop.)
on a pec 100k pot 150 pf puts the frequency response at flat
(if using a 2 pf in the feedback loop)
so if you want the hi frequencies to go up , then select a range
of mica capacitors above the capacitor that makes the signal
flat.

3
POLE
to pot pin 3

RING
to pot pin 2

a good selection for a 6 position rotary switch would be :


for an alps blue :

for a pec/mil grade

500pf (flat)
600pf
700pf
800pf
900pf
1000pf (.001)

150pf (flat)
200 pf
300 pf
400 pf
500 pf
600 pf

to install :
solder the wire from the pole to pin
on the gain pot

solder the wire from the ring to pin 2


on the gain pot
you will piggy back them on top of the
wires already soldered into place .
do not solder to the bare
shield wire (ground)

drip air mod lite


the lite version of the air mod is simply a toggle with
one leg of a mica cap soldered to each post of a spst switch
(same type of switch as the one used for the power on/off
switch)
choose your cap to suit the size of hi frequency boost
from the previous page.
it is better to keep the mica cap legs very short as with
the wire connecting the pot to the switch .
this will avoid any out side emi from getting into the
circuit.
a .001 (1000 pf) might work best if using this setup.

resistors
the pcb allows for many different types of resistors to be used .
you will want to use 1/2 watt resistors.
most all of the resistors on the main circuit correspond to
the original 72 schematic , allowing you to adjust and experiment
with different values if you are a more advanced user.

part # :

the footprints on the pcb allow for carbon comp or metal film
resistors.

1/2 WATT +/- 10% SO GET THE NEAREST VALUE

carbon comp tend to be more noisy , but their tone is very desired.

r12/1.25K mouser
R11/425K allied
R13/50K
allied
R14/800K mouser
R15/800K mouser
R16/200K allied
R19/50K, mouser
R21/3MEG mouser
R23/200K, mouser
R24/80K, allied
VU/3.9K
mouser
500 OHM
mouser
680 ohm optional
560 ohm optional

metal film are very quiet and have fantastic tolerances of


up to 1% accuracy.

part # 273-1.24k-rc (1.24k)


part # 895-0306 (430k) / mouser part# 273-430k-rc
part # 895-0184 (49.9k)
part # 273-806k-rc
part # 273-806k-rc
part # 895-0289
part # 71-cpf249k900fke14 (49.9k)
part # 293-3m-rc
part # 272-200k-rc
part # 895-0272 (80.6k) mouser part # 273-80.6k-rc
part # 273-3.9K-RC
part # 71-cpf1500r00fke14
emi mod \ mouser part # 273-680-rc
emi mod \ mouser part # 273-560-rc

since this is a vintage design tolerances of upto +/- 10%


are acceptable , however please try to stay as close to the specified
resistors according to the bill of materials and the footprints on
the
pcb .

2 / 1 meg resistors for gnd lift \ mouser part # 660-MF1/2LCT52R105J


2WATT : (dale cpf series is a good choice)
(1/2 WORKS TOO)
1K
4.7K
10K
22K
220K

/2W,
/2W
/2w
/2W,
/2W,

mouser
mouser
mouser
mouser
mouser

part
part
part
part
part

#
#
#
#
#

71-cpf21k0000fke14
71-cpf24k7000fke14
71-cpf210k000fke14
71-cpf222k000fke14
71-CCF02-J-220K

NOTE :DO NOT USE 1/4 watt resistors!


however tempting this might be .
the voltage in some places on the
circuit near or overlap the operating
range of them.

Installing the resistors is easy ,


I recommend a resistor bending
tool, this will speed up the process
and keep the resistors looking neat and
straight.
Most of the resistor bends will all be
the same size.

resistors|VOLTAGE
ADJUST|info
WHEN USING THE USA BUILD ALLIED 6K88VG TRANSFORMER
YOU SHOULD NOT NEED TO ADJUST THIS RESISTOR .
if using transformers other then the 6k88vg you
will have to adjust this resistor to compensate
for more or less resistance depending on how much
voltage the alternate transformer has .
275 volts is ideal (measuring on the left side of the
resistor)
r29/A and r29B can also be adjusted to achieve
the nominal voltage at r25

VOLTAGE ADJUST

test point
for 260v-275v

resistors|emi
mod|info

change r12a to 580 ohm


change r12b to 680 ohm

star ground

audio gnd

the star ground will be 4-6 solder lugs (solder tags).


bolted to one leg of the transformer in the pattern
as shown in the diagram , either forming a cross or a
star. (this bolt must be extremely tight)
solder the following to this location.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

main power gnd

pwr/gnd
audio gnd
input gnd
iec plug gnd
electrostatic shield from pwr xfrmr
high voltage center tap from pwr xfrmr

it is very important to grind the


paint off the case before mounting
the solder tags to case.

electro static
shield (grey)

hi voltage
center tap
red/yellow
Usa build

input xfrmer
gnd

iec socket
gnd (middle pin)

note :
often it is good to mount the
audio gnd / input gnd to a solder tag at the base of the input
xlr socket.
but try the above first.

positive +

parts|capacitors|info
for the project you will use two types of capacitors ,
electrolytic which are one way components that must
be aligned in the proper direction OR THEY MAY EXPLODE !
and non polar type caps that can be placed in any direction
please take note of the electrolytic , and use caution.
you can use sprague atom series or the cde tc series
capacitors .
cde (mallory) tc series axial electrolytic capacitors
have a very high ripple current capability.
however you can use any axial electrolytic you like .
even xicon caps will work.

fourth filter 10uf

third filter 40uf

the original circuit uses all 8uf electrolytic capacitors


but uses a full wave bridge as the main rectifier.
circuit filter
10uf to r15/r16

the full wave center tap diode configuration was chosen


to take advantage of available off the shelf power transformers.

pi-filter|info

electrolytic
capacitors|power supply
notes

the pcb does work with this all 8uf cap arraignment.
and for more advanced users i do recommend experimentation.
however the power supply was adapted from the la2 series
compressor and works very well with the design.
i would recommend using the stated electrolytic capacitors
on the pcb legend.
since the transformer is overrated by almost 3 times over
the needed amount of power ,
a larger size capacitor is recommended for the pi filter.
i have had successful results with using all 40uf for the
power supply.
just as well using all 10ufs for the filter section.
you can also adjust the pi resistors to match the original circuit
by replacing r29A / r29B with

2.5k @ 1-2 watt resistors.

r25 will need to be adjusted up or down depending on your


transformer voltage 240-0240 or 250-250 or 260-0-260.
the foot print for r25 can fit many types of resistors
buy the best you can afford for r25 / r29a / r29b

second resistor
third resistor
second filter 40uf
first resistor

first filter 40uf

drip pcb translation :


r26 on schematic is r29a on pcb
r27 on schematic is r29b on pcb
r25 on schematic is r25 on pcb
c36
c37
c38
c35

is
is
is
is

first filter on pcb


second filter on pcb
third filter on pcb
fourth filter on pcb

electrolytic capacitor placement


PAY ATTENTION TO THE POSITIVE
SYMBOL ON EACH FOOTPRINT !

#4 10uf@450v

#3 40uf@450v

#2 10uf@450v

#1 40uf@450v

#6 | 10uf@450v

#5 22uf-100uf
@450v

optional first filtering stage


capacitor placement
optional first
filter 40uf@450v
negative side

optional first
filter 40uf@450v
positive side

illustrated are the location of pads for the


option to install an additional filtering capacitor
to the first stage of the pi-filter.
it is important to use shrink tubing on the leads
of this capacitor as not to have exposure to the
high voltage positive side lead.
it should be mounted on top of filtering caps 1 & 2.

non electrolytic capacitor placement


un numbered cap
.001@400v

c32
.022@400v

c31
.05@400v

the following caps are non-polar


and can be placed in any direction.
c33 output cap 2uf @400v
c32 .022@400v
c31 .05@400v (.047 works too)
unnumbered cap .001@400v

c33
output cap
2uf@400v

x-cap : 0.1 @ 400v use polypro.


(this cap is optional and might
only be used if having rf problems)
c33 is a very important cap ,
please try to use the highest
quality cap you can here .
solen is a great choice.
the higher ther quality of caps
the higher the quality of
performance.

x-cap
optional filtering cap.
.1@400v
USE ONLY IF EXPIRENCING
RF PROBLEMS

capacitors/non electrolytic
1 / 2 uf @ 400v poly pro. output cap/ NON ELECTROLYTIC
1 / 1 uf @ 400V poly pro (250V MIN) for low cut / NON ELECTROLYTIC
1 / .05 @ 250-400v (400v recommended) sozo or solen are a good choice.
or use a .047 if using orange drop .
1 / .022 @ 450v mouser# 75-715P600V0.022 (orange drop)
solen or sozo work great here.
1 .001 @ 400v
mouser# 75-715P600V0.001 (orange drop)
3 / .1 @ 400v POLY PRO / axial works best
mouser# 75-715P400V0.1 (orange drop)

Many people use the orange drop


Variety of caps, either the 716 or
the 715 series.
They are reliable polypropylene
capacitors often used in guitar amps,
and the sound of them is liked.
they will need to be the 600v range.
The codes to identify them are :
102J : .001 cap
104j :
.1 cap
223j : .022 cap (.022 replaces the .02)

3
unused

ROUTE WIRE
ALONG EDGE OF
PCB

parts|vu.
depending on your vu meter , tracking may not
match your mixing board .
you can adjust the meters calibration on the pcb
by adjusting the VU resistor on the pcb .
under most circumstances the 3.9k works great.
if not , one option to add to the back of your unit is a
100k pot using only pins 1 and 2 each pin attached
to one pad on the pcb footprint (omitting the 3.9k).
this will allow you to calibrate the meter using
the pot , and dial in the perfect match.

VU METER
HOOK UP

When it comes to meters , sifam


is the way to go hands down.
shielded wire is not necessary
but it is important to twist
the +/- wire very tight .

twisting with a hand drill helps.


most meter terminals are marked
with a positive and a negative .
simply connect the +\- pcb pads
to the correct terminal on the meter.

power transformer |

hook up location
power switch

power transformer
hook up area

star ground

red/ylw
hi volt center
tap to gnd
green/ylw
low volt center
tap

twist tight
in pairs

grey
shield to
gnd

red/red
500v ac

green/green
6.3v ac

black/black
ac in to
transformer

the small grey wire


is the electrostatic
shield (6k88vg model)
ground this wire

Power transformer :

take note of the


arrow .
reference the fred
mfgs schematic
for proper placement
of freds

xcap AC mains rf
filtering cap.
(optional)

do not mount the power transformer inside the case !


out side the case is best.

the circuit requires a transformer


of 250-0-250 volts centre tapped @ 40 milliamperes and a secondary
of 6.3 volts center tapped @ 2 amps.
(this transformer is overrated and could actually run 2 pcbs.)
The primary can be the USA 110v
or the European 240v
The allied electronics 6k88vg transformer
works very well for USA builds ,
It is center-tapped and has minimal noise
and hum.
please use a transformer with a center tap
inorder to take advantage of the dc reference circuit
on the pcb
sowter makes a more expensive power transformer for both USA
and European voltages. Im sure this is a fantastic transformer built
to the highest standards.
but the hammond 369jx will also work very well for both
usa and international builders.

optional
power switch
location.

high voltage
connection

low voltage 6.3 v


@2 amps minimum

fused AC enters
the transformer
from here.

it is important to take note that on


the AC connection
BLK is the fused side ,

power ground
connect to
star gnd
(use thick
wire)

transformer connections :

now you will begin to hook up the various transformer leads to their
corresponding pad on the pcb.
it is often a custom that builders twist the pairs of wire as illustrated
in an attempt to help reduce noise or hum associated with overlapping
wires of different voltages.
this is very important that you do this .
twist the pairs so tight , that they almost contort.
as in the diagram , it is clearly marked on the pcb where each of these
wires go , I.e x-black means transformer-black
there is no polarity issue here , so either lead of corresponding
color can be placed on either pads named for it.

NOTE :
please pay attention to the instructions in this area.
incorrect wiring of this section can highly damage
the components on the pcb, as with possible
electrocution and injury to you.

if using 5.08 terminal blocks , strip only enough wire


to be placed inside the terminal block .
it is best to tightly twist the exposed wire after it has been
stripped , and then lightly tin the end with solder.
this will help prevent small strands of wire from
separating and causing a short.

incorrect way
of attaching
wire to board
correct way
of attaching
wire to board
here in this picture it shows how to wire the power transformer
section of the pcb .
notice how the wires are all separated into pairs and that there
is space between them .
take care in this area layout not to cut the transformer wires too
short , but also do not leave them to long as to flop around .
separation is very important ,
noise and hum can be introduced in this area if the wires are
squished together.
when connecting the wires to the board , strip only a minimal
amount of the wire to avoid short circuits.

transformer mounting

there are a couple options in mounting your transformer


option 1 is to grind off the paint on your case where each
leg meets the case (chassis) insuring the transformer is grounded
to the case .
this option has worked very well for the drip opto pcb using
the same transformer.
option 2 is to mount rubber bushings or gasket material
in between the feet of the transformer and case helping to
quiet the natural hum of a mains transformers.
option 3 is to just mount the transformer with very tight bolts.
all 3 work .
you can do option 3 , and if there are problems , then proceed
to option 1.
PLEASE MOUNT YOUR TRANSFORMER TO THE FURTHEST CORNER OF THE CASE
AS TO AVOID INTERFERING WITH THE AUDIO CIRCUIT.
its not recommended to mount your transformer in the case unless
you have a separate compartment for it .

alternate power transformer :


sowter 0295 schematic

drip pcb translation


red (hi voltage)
red/yellow (hv center tap)

international transformer

red (hi voltage)


green (6.3 v)

alternate power transformer :

green/yellow (lv center tap)

for usa / international builds (universal primary) :

green (6.3 v)
hammond 369jx 250-0250 @ 60mA |6.3v@2.5A
shield
(ground)

dc reference circuit:

location

dc reference circuit

dc reference circuit:

lv ct tap : LOW VOLTAGE CENTRE TAP (6.3V)


i prefer to use this last once the unit is assembled and running .

you will use one radial leaded electrolytic in the


dc reference section of the board ,

but i find this circuit in conjunction with ground


lifting circuits ensures the most quiet interfacing
with other gear .
use 2 watt resistors in this area.
capacitor should be in the 450v range
22uf is a start i often use 100uf to ensure
a very smooth dc reference to the heaters thus
preventing 50hz hum in the tube heaters.
please use caution in this area and reference your
transformer schematic if using anything but the allied 6k88vg (usa).
on this transformer , the 6.3v center tap will
be GREEN/YELLOW
other transformers will use different color wires
so double check.
it is important to connect the LOW VOLTAGE
center tap wire ONLY.

NOTE : the electrolytic cap


has an arrow and minus
symbol to denote that
the lead on that side of the
radial cap is NEGATIVE.
take note of the plus symbol
on the cap footprint

attach
green/yellow
low voltage
center tap
transformer
wire
positive
symbol

IEC power socket (type c14


chassis inlet)
For your power cord , you will use the
IEC style inlet , since the fuse
is mounted on the pcb , you will
not need the fused version .

NOTE :
DO NOT USE POWER CORDS DIRECTLY WIRED TO THE PCB!
This practice is dangerous and under no circumstances
Should you do this.

wiring :

AC IN PADS

NOTE :
NEVER DISCONNECT THIS
GROUND !

if looking at the IEC


socket from the back
as shown in the illustration , you will always
connect the pcb pad
marked AC black to
the pin on the right.
this is very important.
the bottom pin is connected to the star ground
at the transformer leg.
this ground is know
as the safety ground
never lift or disconnect this ground under
any circumstances.
you must twist the two
ac wires very tight.

twist

star gnd

connect black
to this side

optional power
switch location

parts|tube|info

ef86

the pcb is designed to work with ef86 and ef806 tubes .


the decision to use these vs the original ef-804s was based on
availability , simply there are not a lot of them to go around.
the ef-86 has the same characteristics as the ef-804 and are considered the same tube with a different pin out.
please have your tubes tested for microphonics and noise.
i have had great luck with the rft brand , but tubes are
very subjective and their tone can be a matter of induvidual
taste.
tube rings and dampers can help the microphonic tendency of
of the ef86 also some have the ability to dissipate heat
prolonging the life of the tube .
tung-sol has developed the new ef806 with gold plated pins
and is said to be a lower noise tube and is sold as a super
premium ef-86.

ef 804/s do not work on this pcb because


they have a different pinout.

parts|fuse|info
The fuse is a 250v 400mA(.4 amp) SLO BLO mouser no# 576-0313.400HXP
The clips used to attach the fuse to the pcb
are littel fuse : 3AG PC clip
mouser number 576-01220083h
once installed fuse should snap right in.

NOTE :
take notice of the direction
that you mount these clips .
for they have a notch on each side
if placed wrong the fuse will
not fit.

fuse location
if using an iec socket with built in fuse holder.
its not a bad idea to still use this fuse as added
insurance for safe operation.
solder fuse clip here

NOTE :
under no circumstances should you operate this project without
a fuse in place. (by bypassing or jumping this connection)
if your unit keeps popping fuses SOMETHING IS WRONG.
simply check all your power connections , and component
placements .

solder fuse clip here

tube socket
location 1

tube socket
location 2

parts|tube.socket|info
The tube sockets are a very important part of the project,
Try to use hi quality ceramic pcb mount sockets.
molded plastic will work , but often have poor contact
with the tubes.
Sometimes compressing the metal contact in the socket itself
will help insure a good connection.
You will need two 9 pin sockets (12ax7 size)

NOTE :
some tube sockets have bigger pins and will not fit all the way
through the holes in the pcb .

place tube sockets in their footprints on the pcb ,


solder into place

two options :
a. grind the pins on the socket with a dremel so they do fit.
b. align the pins on top of each designated hole/pad , press
down and solder . (the pads are plated through , as long
as they are soldered to the pads , a connection is made.)

power switch (spst)

the power switch now has a place for a snubber network on the pcb.
CDE part number : 104M06QC100 (.1 cap in series with a 100r
1/2 watt resistor) use the 600v version to ensure safety.
simply install the snubber and solder , this will help eliminate
any popping transients at shut down of the compressor.
here a 5.08 screw header works great.

if you choose not to use the cde snubber ,


here is an alternate method of creating one .

NOTE : it is absolutely essential to twist the


wires together from the power switch to the
two pads labeled pwr SW otherwise noise or
hum may be introduced into the audio circuit.

parts|misc|info
solder tags :
This project will require the use of
solder tags for very important
Connections like the individual
grounds and the transformer star
ground.
Please use these or something comparable.
These connections are some of the
most important of the project .

Knobs
Depending on the configuration you choose
you use , you will need to purchase
4 knobs for :
1:
2:
3:
4:
5:

gain
boost
output
hi cut
AIR mod

You can select these on basis of your personal


aesthetic, molded plastic works great here.

NOTE :


Knobs often have shaft size


requirements , so be sure to
check this to match your pots
and rotary switches.

pre-bent solder tags with an added


lock washer teeth are best,
they help insure a solid contact.

NOTE :

if your case is painted , you will have to dremel


or sand away a small area to attach the solder tags,
clean solid contact to metal is important.

lamp

the pcb has 2 locations for a 6.3v AC lamp


1 for the meter and one for the on light .
often it is a good idea to install a temporary
lamp on the inside to help avoid accidental
shocks while servicing or trouble shooting .

jumps :
there are a few jumps on the board , with these you will simply
bend a piece of 24 GA wire like a resistor and solder them
into position.

Wire

Please use at least 22 gauge wire for the


Various connections used in this project.
(24 gauge would be the minimum allowed)

Standoffs
8 standoffs are

needed to elevate the


pcb above the case floor.
a minimum of 1/4 inch is required.

a standard 0.7 jumper will work also.


you should elevate each jump so it is about 1/8 from the
surface of the pcb .

drip electronics

v72 pcb | bill of materials


mono series with lundahl transformers ver 1

V72 Pre cases offered by :


tat.purusha@gmail.com

capacitors/non electrolytic
1 / 2 uf @ 400v poly pro. output cap
mouser part # 75-V730P205X9400 allied part # 613-0571
1 / 1 uf @ 400V poly pro (250V MIN) for low cut
mouser part # 75-V730P105X9400 allied part # 613-0573
1 / .05 @ 250-400v (400v recommended) sozo or solen are a good choice.
or use a .047 if using orange drop
mouser part # 75-715P400V0.047 .
1 / .022 @ 450v mouser# 75-715P600V0.022 (orange drop)
solen or sozo work great here.
1 .001 @ 400v
mouser# 75-715P600V0.001 (orange drop)
3 / .1 @ 400v POLY PRO / axial works best
mouser# 75-715P400V0.1 (orange drop)
some of these mica caps are spares , but will be needed for fine
tuning (500v is best)
1 /120pf
1/ 100pf
1/ 90pf
1/ 40pf
1/ 2pf

mica
mica
mica
mica
mica

capacitor
capacitor
capacitor
capacitor
capacitor

300-500v
300-500v
300-500v
300-500v
300-500v

capacitors/electrolytic
2 / 10uf@v450v electrolytic
Allied Stk#: 852-9089 (cde mallory tc72)
Allied Stk#: 507-0192 (atom TVA 1705 450V)
2 / 40uf @ 450v atom electrolytic (for power section)
mouser#75-TVA1908-E3 (500v version) (450v minimum)
for cde(mallory) use tc78 40uf@450v (allied electronics)
10UF @ 450v Radial mouser part # 647-UVZ2W100MHD
22UF @ 450V radial or use 100uf radial for better DC reference

22uf mouser part # 647-UCA2W220MHD6
100uf mouser part # 647-UPW2W101MRD

note : using the highest quality parts will yield a higher


quality machine , however the pcb will work well with
standard quality parts.

RESISTORS :
1/2 WATT +/- 10% SO GET THE NEAREST VALUE
r12/1.25K mouser
R11/425K allied
R13/50K
allied
R14/800K mouser
R15/800K mouser
R16/200K allied
R19/50K, mouser
R21/3MEG mouser
R23/200K, mouser
R24/80K, allied
VU/3.9K
mouser
500 OHM
mouser
680 ohm optional
560 ohm optional

part # 273-1.24k-rc (1.24k)


part # 895-0306 (430k) / mouser part# 273-430k-rc
part # 895-0184 (49.9k)
part # 273-806k-rc
part # 273-806k-rc
part # 895-0289
part # 71-cpf249k900fke14 (49.9k)
part # 293-3m-rc
part # 272-200k-rc
part # 895-0272 (80.6k) mouser part # 273-80.6k-rc
part # 273-3.9K-RC
part # 71-cpf1500r00fke14
emi mod \ mouser part # 273-680-rc
emi mod \ mouser part # 273-560-rc

2 / 1 meg resistors for gnd lift \ mouser part # 660-MF1/2LCT52R105J


2WATT : (dale cpf series is a good choice)
(1/2 WORKS TOO)
1K
4.7K
10K
22K
220K

/2W,
/2W
/2w
/2W,
/2W,

mouser
mouser
mouser
mouser
mouser

part
part
part
part
part

#
#
#
#
#

71-cpf21k0000fke14
71-cpf24k7000fke14
71-cpf210k000fke14
71-cpf222k000fke14
71-CCF02-J-220K

1 resistor bending tool speedy bend lead former


mouser#5166-901

1 mallory (CDE) .1/150r @600v quencharc snubber network


mouser part # pt#539-104MACQRL150 . (will use one for power switch
pop control (aka rc network snubber)z

note : these switches may be bypassed to preserve the


original feedback loop as in the original design.
but you will need at least one resistor and one mica
cap for use on the pcb.

switch resistors :
you will use these resistors for the gain boost switch.
this switch can be bypassed with a fixed value on the pcb.
values for 12 position rotary switch: (2 watt is best
.5 watt is minimum)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

10k
22K
68k
90k (original value)
100k
150k (tube mics )
200k
220k (general use )
280k
330k
400k (dynamic mics)
500k

it is recommended to adjust these values to your needs .


and to experiment ,the higher the resistance , the more gain.
220k seems to be perfect general area .
500k up gets noisy but do experiment.

optional hi cut switch (12 position rotary):


this switch is optional , and can be bypassed with a fixed
value on the pcb.
12 positions is a little much , but the switch can be adjusted
to have fewer positions by adjusting the metal stopper.
use 300-500v mica caps / ceramics are lesser quality but will
work (500v is best)
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.

2pf (very little cut)


10pf
30pf
50pf
60pf
80pf (original value)
100pf
150pf
200pf
300pf
400pf
500pf (under water)

allied electronics mica cap part numbers


part#

862-0706
862-0553
862-0554
862-0707
862-0539
862-0540
862-0541
862-0624
862-0625
862-0542
862-0635
862-0626
862-0627
862-0543
862-0704
862-0705
862-0495
862-0628
862-0546
862-0496
862-0630
862-0497
862-0547
862-0631
862-0548
862-0709
862-0633
862-0710
862-0498
862-0499
862-0551
862-0711
862-0712
862-0718
862-0556
862-0634
862-0557
862-0558
862-0560
862-0561
862-0716
862-0562

mfg part#
CD15FC621J03F
CD15FC681J03F
CD15FC751J03F
CD15FC821J03F
CD15CD010D03F
CD15CD050D03F
CD15CD100D03F
CD15CD100J03F
CD15CD150J03F
CD15CD180J03F
CD15ED200J03F
CD15ED220J03F
CD15ED270J03F
CD15ED300J03F
CD15ED390J03F
CD15ED430J03F
CD15ED470J03F
CD15ED510J03F
CD15ED680J03F
CD15FD101J03F
CD15FD121J03F
CD15FD151J03F
CD15FD181J03F
CD15FD201J03F
CD15FD221J03F
CD15FD251J03F
CD15FD271J03F
CD15FD301J03F
CD15FD331J03F
CD15FD471J03F
CD15FD501J03F
CD15FD511J03F
CD19FC682J03F
CD19FD511J03F
CD19FD821J03F
CD19FD102J03F
CD19FD122J03F
CD19FD152J03F
CD19FD302J03F
CD19FD332J03F
CD19FD392J03F
CD19FD472J03F

pf value
620
680
750
820
1
5
10
10
15
18
20
22
27
30
39
43
47
51
68
100
120
150
180
200

220
250
270
300
330
470
500
510

6800
510
820
1000
1200
1500
3000
3300
3900
4700

voltage
300
300
300
300
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
300
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
500
500

parts and supplies :


XLR sockets
1 xlr in socket (chassis mount) mouser :mouser# 568-NC3FP-1
1 xlr out socket (chassis mount)mouser :mouser# 568-NC3MP

1 VU meter sifam (same vu as the la2a)


meterdistributor.com or sifam.com
10 / 5.08 spaced 2 position screw terminal blocks (for attaching wire to
board ) (side entry screw on top)
2 / 5.08 spaced 4 position screw terminal blocks (for attaching wire to
board ) (side entry screw on top)
1 / 5.08 spaced 3 position screw terminal blocks (for attaching wire to
board ) (side entry screw on top)
2 SPDT toggle switches for ground lifts (radio shack)
2 SPST TOGGLE switch for low cut and power switch
1 spst if using the air mod lite
2 100k ohm potentiometers must use AUDIO TAPER / 2 watt (1/4 watt will
work) / alps blue velvet or conductive plastic works best.
2 / 12 position SHORTING rotary switches 1 for boost selector
1 for hi cut. (non shorting will NOT work!)
mouser part # (alpha) 105-SR2612F-12-38S

1 / 2 pole 5 position rotary switch (shorting) if using optional


drip switch pcb / mouser part # 105-SR2612F-25-18S (shorting)

1 panel mount (mono) 1/4 phone jack


for direct input
(radioshack part # 274-280 works great)

1 bag of 0.7 / 3M insulated jumper wires violet for all jumps


(optional or just use wire)
6 1/4-1/2 stand offs with screws.(to mount pcb to case)
radio shack # 276-195 20.6 mm (13/16)
10 solder tags (lugs) Terminals LUG LOCKING TINNED#4
mouser#534-7311 (for #4 screw size)
mouser#534-7330 (for #8 screw size)

wire :
aprox 3 feet of foil shielded 2 conductor (plus ground) wire 22GA
aprox 4 feet of 24-22 gauge hook up wire for the assorted connections.

power section :
power transformer :
(uses same transformer as the LA2a)

audio transformers and


choke :

usa build :
allied transformer 6k88vg (250-0250 40Ma CT / 6.3v 2a CT )
(recommended) :allied part #: 227-0113

usa/canada use K&K audio (note for drip v72 pcb)


plate choke : lundahl LL 1667 / 5mA or sowter 9375B (with pcb pins)
audio input transformer : Lundahl 1636 pcb pins
audio output transformer: Lundahl 1578XL pcb pins

sowter part #: 0295 (for Teletronix )


european build :
sowter part #: 0208 (for Teletronix )

note : both the lundahl and sowter chokes work very well

tubes :
2 hexfred rectifier (diode)
mouser#844-HFA06TB120PBF

1 IEC power plug IEC C14


mouser#161-R30148

note : pcb will not work with ef-804 tubes because they have a

different pin out then the ef-86 tube.

ef-86 (these tubes can be microphonic , so have matched and tested


if possible)
ef806 tubes by tung-sol work also / RFT is one of the better tubes.

1 power cord to fit iec plug


1 .4 amp slo blow fuse (standard size)
mouser part#576-0313.400HXP
2 fuse clips for mounting fuse to pcb
mouser : P/N 01220083H |desc : 3ag pc clip
(littel fuse , fuse clips)

tube sockets :
2 nine pin (12ax7 size) ceramic pcb mount tube sockets
triodeelectronics part#:#9pincerpcgold
tubedepot.com part#:SK-9PINPCG

coming soon

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