[silent:arts]

Re: D-LA2A Support Thread
« Reply #880 on: January 25, 2012, 04:37:30 AM »
It looks like the terminal spacing is 5.08mm. Will these fit?
yes, sounds good


django

Re: D-LA2A Support Thread
« Reply #881 on: January 25, 2012, 10:34:55 AM »
Right i'm having some problems with my LA2A. I'm getting pretty much no gain reducation on either channel and I have to drive the input really hard to get any gain reducation aswell. I've checked all the component values and swapped the valves around etc. Can anyone point me in the right direction for troubleshooting here?


Hank Dussen

Re: D-LA2A Support Thread
« Reply #882 on: January 25, 2012, 10:48:56 AM »
...reversed input transformer?

django

Re: D-LA2A Support Thread
« Reply #883 on: January 25, 2012, 05:37:41 PM »
Input transformer is working fine and providing a voltage increase, just atm i'm having to put a really hot signal into the input to get any gain reduction and the output from the la2a is far to hot aswell

baadc0de

Re: D-LA2A Support Thread
« Reply #884 on: January 27, 2012, 04:37:15 PM »
I'll be remaking my DLA2A with a new PCB (the old one has had some traces damaged with soldering/desoldering etc) and I thought to maybe install some high(er) quality filter capacitors for the PSU. Not that I thought the current cheap multicomp ones are bad as such, just wanted to see if investing a bit there pays off measurably / audibly.

I went with Russian military PIO and Styroflex for signal caps.

Banzai sells illinois capacitor 22uF/500V as "good for ripple performance" so I thought that's a good thing - I didn't check any specs since I couldn't relate them to performance anyway but I thought to ask your opinion on these or some other brand / style of capacitor that would be good in this position. The price these are going for is about right on how much I thought to spend on filter caps. I don't mind that they're axial, I would shield one leg and twist it around to the pad, I have done this dozens of times.

For reference:
http://www.banzaimusic.com/Illinois-22uF-500V.html

EDIT: also, do ceramic and/or gold plated tube sockets help any? Is it just for safety or is there actually some performance benefit?

mrclunk

Re: D-LA2A Support Thread
« Reply #885 on: January 29, 2012, 12:03:01 PM »
Finally finished mine, only took me a couple of years!

Having some metering issues at the moment. They're fine up to about -10dB and the they seem to almost reverse, showing less compression?
Possibly a calibration problem, going to have another go later. Need to tidy up the wiring a bit anyway.

Sowter 10k:10K on the input, edcor 15K:600 outs. 12ay7's for V1 and 6414 for the outputs.





audiophreak

Re: D-LA2A Support Thread
« Reply #886 on: January 29, 2012, 03:46:13 PM »
Finally finished mine, only took me a couple of years!

  Thats some Beautiful work !!!   unique configuration !!!  Congratulations !!!   8)
" Music washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life "   ... in loving memory of my Father.

bernbrue

Re: D-LA2A Support Thread
« Reply #887 on: January 29, 2012, 03:52:46 PM »
Holy Moly, that´s a pecular bird. Very uncommon but extremely nice. Congratulations.
regards
Bernd

alexc

Re: D-LA2A Support Thread
« Reply #888 on: January 29, 2012, 04:20:45 PM »
Yeah, nice!

Love those meters

And those additional features are a great idea. Looks like you implemented them nice and neatly too.

Great job.
I ping therefore I am

[silent:arts]

Re: D-LA2A Support Thread
« Reply #889 on: January 30, 2012, 03:45:19 AM »
IMPRESSIVE 8) 8) 8)



electrisizer

Re: D-LA2A Support Thread
« Reply #890 on: January 30, 2012, 09:06:54 AM »
@mrclunk

very nice build!

i want to ask if you can soundwise recommend the SC + drive mod. i think its the kensington suggestion taht youve done?
ive deconstructed my unit at the moment and think about adding the mods :)

sirko

Re: D-LA2A Support Thread
« Reply #891 on: January 30, 2012, 09:59:09 AM »
Hi,

since the former link to conrad for NE2 is not working, is this the right neon?

http://www.conrad.de/ce/de/product/725200/GLIMMLAMPEN-5-STUeCK-BEUTEL

Because its for 230V and the one listed in US BOM is 110V?

http://de.mouser.com/ProductDetail/36NE002/?qs=kqYKojPRcqBQLqGRUMHGSg%3d%3d


Regards
Sirko

[silent:arts]

Re: D-LA2A Support Thread
« Reply #892 on: January 30, 2012, 10:13:34 AM »
Sirko, that Neon is fine (but most people prefer a zener diode these days)

sirko

Re: D-LA2A Support Thread
« Reply #893 on: January 30, 2012, 10:29:39 AM »
Thank you, Volker.

Next question: Does anybody have an fpd file for an 3U front panel? All knobs and switches are parts from mouser US bom.


Regards
Sirko

timmygrimm

Re: D-LA2A Support Thread
« Reply #894 on: February 01, 2012, 08:53:09 PM »
Done and works!





This forum is amazing. Thanks to everyone here for the knowledge and supplies to make this happen.

One channel was not working at first, but turned out to be a molex issue. Gain is out of hand, and I have the oscillation problem at high settings, but will sort that all out.

So Stoked!

Now I just need some knobs :)

audiophreak

Re: D-LA2A Support Thread
« Reply #895 on: February 01, 2012, 09:35:11 PM »
Congratulations timmygrimm !!!   :)

                                                     ( I still need in/out transformers and Opto's )
" Music washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life "   ... in loving memory of my Father.

mrclunk

Re: D-LA2A Support Thread
« Reply #896 on: February 03, 2012, 06:51:59 AM »
Thanks guys!
It is a 'peculiar bird' indeed!
I based the look on some old Vortexion gear we have here. The panels are Trafolyte, cut and engraved on my new CNC! I'm going a bit cnc nuts at the mo...

electrisizer,
The 'mods' are as Kingston mentioned earlier in the thread.  The SC Filter is just RVx37 on a rotary switch, i recommend this for stereo operation. My values are biased toward the low frequency range.

The 'drive' control is my my kinda experimental control. At the moment its a 470K pot in series with the 68K / Rx11 feedback resistor. Increasing the resistance reduces neg-feedback, more gain, more distortion. But its too subtile for me. I'm thinking of building a multi deck switch that simultaneously increases gain and pads the output.
Unless anyone else has a better idea for adding mojo?


Issues:-
I have to hit it pretty hard to get lots of compression, i believe this is due to my input transformer not having the 1:4 step up of the original. I can use the center tap on my input to give me 1:2 which maybe enough though i'll lose some input headroom. maybe i'll add an input sensitivity switch...

nice build Timmy

AudioGimmer

Re: D-LA2A Support Thread
« Reply #897 on: February 03, 2012, 07:00:42 AM »
Nice work Mr Clunk!


The Gimmer

audiophreak

Re: D-LA2A Support Thread
« Reply #898 on: February 12, 2012, 09:13:00 AM »
ok .... going for the Drip T4B's  - any feedback / recommendations / sugestions on the " Fast  / Slow - and now  Medium "    ???

 Thanks  :)
" Music washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life "   ... in loving memory of my Father.

sirko

Re: D-LA2A Support Thread
« Reply #899 on: February 22, 2012, 08:40:56 AM »
@audiophreak: It depends on what you want. The original LA2A has a slow T4B.


 

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