Re: TEK514 needs new 5V4G tube

Chuck Harris

Electrolytic caps get into a condition where they
become lower voltage versions of themselves.

An ohmmeter tests at 1.5V in most cases, and 9V in
VOM's. Using one to test a 400V capacitor is less
than worthless.

-Chuck Harris

Steve Hendrix wrote:

Okay, it's a "valve" for our limey friends!

Today I was able to do some more troubleshooting with my dad and my sons, on Dad's TEK514. I took along my thermal camera to help track down the short that was blowing the inlet fuse. Turned out i didn't need it, but it helped confirm. One rectifier tube right next to that monster power transformer started getting extra hot within seconds of power-on, and then started arcing and making a nice arc lamp. I've done a bit of searching and it seems the audiophiles like these tubes; the best I could find was AU$55 for a pair on eBay. Dunno how much shipping would be from down under. Fairly simple fix, to swap out a tube - if that's the only problem. But we checked all the electrolytic caps with an ohmmeter and none seemed to be shorted nor open. Looking for any thoughts on a good source for the tube, and/or whether it's a worthwhile fix.

Steve Hendrix

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