Mcintosh MC30s Restoration (Looking for correct schematic)

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  1. x3workshop

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    The CL- 80 has no bearing on the ratio.

    You can try adding the resistors in SERIES to determine the value, but don't do that permanently.
     
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    Okay great. In series!



    I changed the 12ax7, and at 110v on my variac all voltages are within spec for both amps. Including -46 on the output tubes, and -46 on the 12ax7. All at 440v

    Is it necessary to change resistors, or can I just run my variac at 110v? Again, my transformer is at 125v
     
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    Your transformer at 125 VAC should be fine. Can't say abt CL80, as the were only used on the solid state rectified amps, afaik.
     
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    Agree with the above. Using the CL-80 will just give it an even slower initial startup and drop your line voltage by a couple volts.
     
  5. Tysen

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    Gotcha.


    Just to be clear, I'm fine using the 470ohm resistor in series with the diode, since everything is good at 110v. And I don't need to change the voltage tap on the transformer, right?
     
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    Check the heater bus twin for 6.3 VAC to confirm. If high, go to 125VAC tap.
     
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    I'm not disagreeing with PIO1980, but I think you'll find yourself in a better zone using the 125v tap with the CL80 in the long run. LA tends to have some pretty wide voltage swings.
     
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    Sounds good. Thanks for the LA tip!


    The transformer is already hooked up to the 125V. What I'm wondering is, is it okay to run the amps off my variac at 110v while the transformer 125v tap is being used. ?
     
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    Yes, It's fine to do that, but if you are going to run it off of a variac permanently you might as well just go back to the 117v tap.
     
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    With the variac, but why bother? He best just wire it 125 volt tap and leave it be, imo.
     
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    Right. At 117, my voltages are at 440 & -51ma on the output tubes. That's why I'm wondering about running it at 110, where both amps currently perform at 440 and -46.
     
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    Again, look at the heater lines, you want 6.3 VAC or close thereabouts.
     
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    At 110v from the variac, I'm at 6.4 VAC.
     
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    Have you tried the 125 tap?
     
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    The amps are currently hooked up to the 125v tap.
     
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    So, putting 110 VAC into the 125VAC tap yields near correct voltages?
    Is that 110 VAC measured or by the dial on the variac?
     
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    Correct, putting 110v into the 125VAC tap yields correct voltages. That's with the 110VAC dialed on the variac...I didn't measure it actually.
     
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    Try measuring it at the amp. I'm very interested in your project's success.
     
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  19. x3workshop

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    Likewise!

    Curious what the voltage actually measures.
     
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  20. Tysen

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    I appreciate your investments. I seriously couldn't of done this without you!

    When I get home this evening, I'll test the voltage from my variac and report back.
     

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