The V1 preamp tube in my amp seems to be going bad after a while. It will cause a speaker crackle type sound. Also if i tap the tube after it goes bad it will cause a pop sound. I haven't swapped out all the 12ax7 tubes after replacing the power filter caps but I'm pretty sure this is what's going on.
I'm pretty much a novice with this stuff but i'm thinking it could be:
- another cap that needs to be replaced ie coupling cap (all caps are original except the filter caps)
- bad zener diodes (i remember reading that this was a common problem?). This could possibly cause voltage regulator problems ????
I tested the zener diodes:
- Zener diodes D6-D10 tested good
- Zener diodes D11-D14 had low resistance both ways but i read that you can't always get a valid reading if the diode is soldered into the circuit.
Any thoughts? Thanks.