Tube in Rectifier position

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TheArriaga88
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Tube in Rectifier position

Post by TheArriaga88 » Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:12 am

Sup fellas! i was hanging out with a couple old pals today and i was showing them the ol' dual rec, and talking to them about tubes, they mentioned how the power tubes and the rectifier tubes looked pretty much the same, and asked me if i had ever accidentally misplace either. so that got me thinking, theoretically, what would happen if you accidentally put a power tube in the rectifier position? would your amp blow up? or would the fuse blow out to protect the circuitry? just curious here :mrgreen:
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Re: Tube in Rectifier position

Post by MrMarkIII » Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:26 am

Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.

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Re: Tube in Rectifier position

Post by TheArriaga88 » Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:34 am

thats about what i had in mind :shock:
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Re: Tube in Rectifier position

Post by dodger916 » Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:12 am

MrMarkIII wrote:Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.
:lol: Important safety tip: DON'T cross the streams!

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Re: Tube in Rectifier position

Post by TRENCHLORD » Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:09 pm

dodger916 wrote:
MrMarkIII wrote:Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.
:lol: Important safety tip: DON'T cross the streams!

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Re: Tube in Rectifier position

Post by SigiZ58 » Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:34 am

You want to know what happens ?

I guess not much if you place a power tube instead of a rectifier tube.

But if you put a rectifier tube instead of a power tube, it does not need long and the flowing current melts your screen resistor as it behaves like a power tube with a short :evil:

I know what I am talking about.... made this test accidently :mrgreen: last week

After that i made the decision to use only coke bottle rectifier tubes to make this never happen again.
Until now I am not sure how this could happen, as I controll very careful the tube pairs before I place them in the sockets....

After finishing the tubing I tested the sound and around a minute later, when the smoke started to came out I asked myself: What the hell happens there. Somehow I was glad when I found I accidently misplaced the tubes.... So I knew at least what had happened there. But it was almost a heart attack in the first moment. :oops:

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