Well boys are you ready for this! This morning I said I am going to fix this thing or else throw the fucker in the garbage (not really). I spent time checking diodes resistors moving wires away from points that represent ground nuts bolts tag strips you name it. I put in a 2-1/2 amp fuse and it blew the fuckin thing. Now I am running low on fuses, I remembered I had some low amperage circuit breakers so I got a 1.25 amp carry trip on 1.75 breaker and jumpered it in, undid the B+ fuse and plugged it in the tubes lit right up measured the B+ on the 390uf 450 volt cap as this charges up regardless of the fuse. Voltage was 494 volts with no load unpluged it as I still have no power switches installed as of yet put the B+ fuse back in and plugged it in again. The breaker held B+ measured 450 volts and 380 volts respectively a little higher than spec. I took the amp upstairs to hook it up put in another 1.6 amp fuse and pluged it in !!!!!!!! nothing blew the fuse again wired in the breaker and she came right on.I got my ac amprobe and checked the current in the primary of the transformer less than 1 amp went and measured the other amp current was less than 1 amp also. I started to remember when Bob was checking the amps the initial current draw on startup exceeded 2 amps I also remembered that I had bought cheaper fuses that would not hold there current rating is that the case here I dont know. I only know that I am going to get some 2 amp slo-blow fuses and install those I am willing to bet this shit wont happen again unless the amp really has a problem..
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