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  1. OneGuy: "both hands free"?.... you also only have two hands? but can the reflow oven do double sided?
  2. joamat: on the quick air flow 5 out of 120 !!! even then you can orbit small diodes if you release the tweezers before the solder has melted the quick is powerful, 120 will almost remove through hole comonents and your third arm.... maybe thats why mwl168 only has 2 hands.... temperature 330C to 360C depending upon ground plane, size of component. solder paste nothing special off ebay its MECHANIC XG-Z40 Liquid Solder Soldering Paste 10cc has a good amount of flux in it seems to work quite well for my soldering technique but then I have not tried any other paste.... mwl168: you DON'T have 3 hands?😕 My smd soldering method requires 2, left hand holding the twessers, right hand holding the hot air nozzle....
  3. mini t2 is not alot more than a bh, a few extra transformer windings - it needs seperate windings for the 6922s and el34s, an extra 220V supply or dropper resistor, extra valve sockets and 4 6922 valves against that smd parts are generally cheaper than the through hole and I found that in many cases - especially the resistors buying 10 of a value in smd was cheaper than buying 6 - the bulk discounts scale much better than through hole. It is true that its possible to build a blue hawaii in a single case and still fit in golden reference LV and HV boards, its not realy possible to do this with the mini t2 so you need a second case and wiring between the cases. However, it is possible to fit all the pcbs in a case the same size as the blue hawaii and just have the transformers in a small cheap second case.... - which is what I have done.
  4. tomislavkufrin There is the mini t2, if you dont mind surface mount for the amp boards, you can use exactly the same golden reference lv supply as the blue hawaii - zero changes, the same golden reference hv supply with two resistors changed to go from -400V to the mini t2 -460V, add another golden ref power supply for the +220V or a dropped resistor from the +400V to save an extra power supply board and transformer winding.. if you use two transformers - one to supply the heaters and the plus and minius 15V DC - that transformer can also be used on the blue hawaii the second transformer can supply the voltages for the 220V, -460V and +400V. I think the sound of the mini t2 is better than the blue hawaii (a big enough difference that my mini T2 is now my daily stax amp and the mini t2 runs cooler) and quite a lot of the mini t2 can be re purposed if you do decide to build a blue hawaii some time. The blue hawaii is also a nice amp if you dont want to do smd soldering. personally Im waiting for someone to design a reliable full diy t2 using modern components.... Kevin? JoaMat?
  5. I got the quick based on a review my lewis rossmann on you tube who does apple mac repairs . I tend to be paranoid, so I assume solder paste will go under components and cause shorts... I plan to get some experience just dropping the components on the raw solder paste and applying heat, but I did not want to take the risk with the mini t2. My general philosophy is find something that works and then optimise it. there is one issue with my smd method... if you apply heat with the soldering iron for too long you burn off all the flux in the solder. So, a quick wipe with the iron is all that’s needed to get the solder to solidify on the pads. secondly any solder on the iron tip has no flux left so you should not apply the soldering iron to a pad that has no solder paste on it, otherwise the solder that will stick to the pad from the iron tip will have zero flux.
  6. mwl168, I had a look at the bom for the gr78xx and tried to build a mouser project from it. However mouser says the kst42mtf is obsolete and out of stock. Also C3 C7 in the bom is the same as c1 and c2 but is on a seperate line... the gr79xx also uses the obsolete kst42mtf. the gr79xx also has two entries for the same cap, c1,c4 and the line c7. Ok looks like farnell still has some stock remaining....
  7. Mini T2 Switch off thump. I have found that when switching off the mini t2 (golden reference LV and HV supplies) I get a thump on both channels around 3 to 4 seconds after pressing the off switch. I get no thump on switch on using a 45 second delayed HV so I guessed the LV was dropping faster than the HV at switch off. This was confirmed with a multimeter. Compared to the blue hawaii, the mini t2 drains the HV caps at a slower rate but drains the LV caps faster. I solved the switch off thump by replacing the standard 4700uF caps in the Lv supply with 22000uF. This provides significantly longer LV voltage on switch off and stops the thump. I used 30mm diameter Nichicon 22000uF 35V caps which just fit in place of the 50V 4700uF caps. I suspect 15000uF would probably work to. regards and happy mini t2ing
  8. but I know the labels are now wrong, the incorrect labels may confuse the electrons and effect the sound. Before the mini T2 I had almost zero smd experience, I built some of Kevins synchronous rectifiers and built two dummy dc loads from a design on you tube which had some smd op amps and thats it. The first mini t2 pcb took 2 days with lots of breaks and lots of losing components, I went very slowly and checked every joint with a multi meter. the second channel took half a day. I used a quick 861DW hot air station and that helped, it has very good control over the airflow and temperature so I could experiment and get repeatable results. I still managed to send the odd diode into low earth orbit even with the airflow set to 5 out of 120! I found that having a led table lamp on my left, a fume extractor on my right, tweezers holding the component in my left hand and the quick hot air nozzle in my right hand worked for me well. Im right handed but I managed to control the component with tweezers in my left hand ok after a little practice. I purchased from ebay a head mounted visor magnifier https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Toolzone-Head-Mounted-Magnifier-2-Leds-Magnifying-Glasses-Repairs-Jewellery/133310425999?hash=item1f09ebab8f:g:NtgAAOSwp2deJYjP The magnifier works and you get the choice of different magnification lenses, the headband is horrible - just plastic with no elastic to help tension.... so you either have it too loose or head crushingly tight. the light is crap and the handband uncomfortable, but it was cheap and made the HN4A51 soldering and board inspection a lot easier. Good luck with your build. Fingers crossed it goes as well for you s it did for me.
  9. I did the flip 🙂 the small signal tubes are at the front but the labels on the pcbs for left and right and now wrong 🙃 I have the input wires going straight from the back to the tkd pot in the middle of the front panel and then nice short wires from the tkd to the boards inputs... heater wires route around the edge of the pcb close to the heatsinks. So far with the volume all the way up zero listenable hum.
  10. Some small changes I personally would like to see to the mini T2, based on my build style. 1. space for screw terminals for the transformer to el34 heater wires - I like to be able to remove boards easily for testing/inpsection etc without having to desolder anything. 2. more space between the 6922 heater screw terminal and the valve sockets. - its a bit tight. 3. the ground plane not connected to the screw holes for the heatsink L bracket. I like to mains earth my casework and leave the amp ground foating. 4. the screw terminal holes grouped like the blue hawaii, so I can use terminal blocks without having to cut a 2 way into a 1 way.. plus the one way can twist easily if you dont hold it when you tighten the screw. 5. a second ground screw terminal, - so I can have one connect to the psu pcbs and the other connect to the input signal ground. 6. have the 6922s at the front... more valves visible more orange glow 🙂
  11. My Initial impressions of the mini T2. Listening on my stax 007a mk2, normal caveats apply. There is no point comparing it to the Stax srm007 its like comparing a Bentley to a slug. Compared to my hi-amp alpha centauri there is also no competition. The mini T2 out does it in every department as does my Blue Hawaii. I will compare the mini T2 to the Blue Hawaii (mini t2 (golden ref HV and LV, kevin gilmore synchronous rectifiers in the LV tkd volume, cardas hookup wire, groove tubes el34s, electro harmonix gold pin 6922s, simulated single box - transformers piled on top of each other 😞) (blue hawaii, (golden ref HV and LV, kevin gilmore synchronous rectifiers in the LV tkd volume, cardas hookup wire, groove tubes el34s single box) The t2 has more smoothness, and yet more detailed and faster treble with a little more sparkle than the BH. The treble speed is not done via a bright hardness but rather its just fast and articulate and is very musical and "valve like". Mid range is equally strong with more smoothness and more detail than the hawaii. Bass is good, not necessarily much better than the blue hawaii, perhaps the BH goes deeper but the mini T2 is again more rounded and smooth. I think the upper bass is better on the mini t2 which partly makes up for the slight lack of depth. The mini T2 does not shout or dazzle, its just fast and natural. It makes you want to turn the volume up, not because its missing something but because it sounds like its not straining and just wants to sing. Micro dynamics are much better than my BH, Macro dynamics are perhaps a bit more restrained than the BH but the compromise works for me because the micro is so much better then the BH. The mini T2 loves strings and acoustic music. I can’t comment much beyond this since I only listen to Jazz and classical. Image placement is like a blanket around the listener, the Mini has the ability to present the sound stage close to the listener when the recording is close. With the BH everything seems about the same distance regardless of the recording. When the recording has the sound stage further back the mini T2 presents a very wide, detailed soundstage but does not hyper focus on individual instruments, there is detail and yet the acoustic of the venue comes through. I feel the mini T 2is less analytical than the BH, interplay between instruments is better presented, its more musical and makes you want to play at whatever volume you want. there is much less of a volume sweet spot than the BH. Some suggested listening for what this amp can do Rodrigo guitar concertos academy of st martin in the fields philips - beautiful guitar sounds with detail and fantastic plucked strings. Hank Thompson live at the golden nugget. - the mini t2 pulls off the orange blossom special without brightness and the level of detail shows you it’s a packed venue with gambling noises everywhere. j c Bach trio sonatas on chandos - mini t2 shows the mid range warmth that the blue hawaii missing, the recording is on original instruments and can sound a little thin... no so with the mini t2 paul desmond bossa antigua, tape hiss is separate from the instruments, centre drums are articulate, it’s a warm sound but not dull or muddy. The sound is beautiful there is detail but it’s not thrown at you. I am very glad I started this project - even though I had very little smd soldering experience. Everything worked first time no smoke no drama. Now all I need is some cnc machining for the case. the mini T2 consumes about 25W less than the BH and runs cooler too. Conclusion, both the BH and mini T2 are very very good. Building a blue hawaii is easier - there is almost no smd parts and will be cheaper: one less psu board, less transformer windings, less valves and can be built in one box. But the mini T2 is better sounding..... If you have the time, money, skill and equipment give the mini T2 some serious consideration. Now I have to build a full T2 with modern components.... and finally a very large thank you to JoaMat for providing me the mini t2 boards and for his help and support during this build. Best regards and happy building James
  12. My transformers have arrived! and I have begun initial amp board testing. A few more mini T2 build notes/observations. Once the amp boards are completed using diode test on a multimeter across the leds will not make them light. The 2 red leds on the underside of the amp boards will not light if just heaters and + and -15V are applied... you need the high voltages too. The el34s heaters run at about -400V DC with respect to ground plane on the amp board, the 6922 heaters run just about 0V with respect to ground. The attachment holes in the pcb for the heatsink L bracket are plated and connected to the amp boards ground plane. So the L bracket, and therefore the heatsink and ultimately the entire case is connected to the pcb ground plane. I have decideed to turn the amp boards around so the 6922 are at the front... to me it looks more visually pleasing... 🙃
  13. Well spotted Mirko, you are correct. I will update the schematic.
  14. I added the red anode mark myself when I tested the leds with a multimeter.
  15. My mini T2 amp boards. Note the screw terminals on the top to make troubleshooting easier I know JoaMat does not believe in screw terminals but I do. 😉. If you are careful its even possible to orientate the terminals so the silkscreen voltage markings are still visible 🙂 . I take a 2 terminal and cut it in half and put the original smooth side parallel to the silkscreen markings. There is not space for screw terminals for the heaters of the el34s so I (possibly temporarily) have soldered in a header pin at 45 dgrees I have used nylon m3 standoffs for the first layer so that there is no chance of the standoff shorting against anything and brass standoffs for the remaining layers to get to the required height. SMD soldering was done in a three step process. 1 apply solder paste to the pads. 2. melt the solder using a hakko 888D station at 330 degree C using a fine tip until the paste has migrated to only be on the pads. 3 Hold the component with twisers onto the pads and with my other hand use a Quick 861DA hot air station using the smallest supplied nozzle with airflow setting all the way down to 5 (even then its possible to send one of the small diodes into orbit with that air flow)... to reflow the solder onto the component. the reason I soldered this way was, 1. I could collect any excess solder with the hakko, since I dont have an electronic solder paste dispenser... 😞 2. I could be reasonably certain there was no solder paste left under a component. I use the same method for soldering Kevins' synchronous rectifiers. this is the schematic of the v0.2 pcb with valves from the silkscreen. The red components have changed since the last published schematic.
  16. Pars, here is my reverse engineering of the kgsshvpssicfetdual2new I have added in red the extra parts for the delayed turn on but there are no pads present on the gerbers for them. As far as I can tell the dual hv boards stopped at version 1.7 just before the cpc117n was added. the individual "left" and ""right" boards went to version 1.8 - which included the cpc117n and the 600ohm resistor.
  17. Pars for the golden ref HV on both my blue hawaii builds and my current mini T2 build I used the gerbers from the file kgsshvpssicfetdual2new This board does not have the cpc117n for the delayed start - but you can implement it via external relays. I made my own bom for it. Note you will need to change a couple of resistors if you dont want +-400V also if you are going golden reference dual LV you dont need the parts for the simple +-15V, the voltage regs, this are marked on the bom as for low voltage section. Hope this helps. On the silkscreen the caps are 0.047uF 1KV not 0.47uF, So you might be looking at a different board from the golden ref HV I used. Select Mouser No: 941-C2M1000170D Mfr. No: C2M1000170D Manufacturer: Cree, Inc. Desc.: MOSFET SIC MOSFET 1700V RDS ON 1 Ohm RoHS RoHS Compliant Availability 2 Dispatches Now £4.07 £8.14 Select Mouser No: 747-IXCP10M90S Mfr. 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  18. pars, If you are interested I have up to 3 spare dual LV (goldenreference6d) boards from my blue hawaii build they are I believe the latest release colour Blue, hot air leveled for leaded solder. Im in the UK. I dont have any spare Dual HV boards but I could get some more made....
  19. Unfortunately my electronic dc load only goes up to 100V, otherwise I would gladly do some measurements and plot some curves.
  20. Only change R8 for positive rail and R9 for negative, don't change R7 and R10 unless you have to. If you keep R7 amd R10 as stock 1.5K then + output required value of R8 20V 1.5K 15V 750ohm 12V 300ohm For negative rail output adjustment change R9. The two resistors NOT to change (R7 and R10) are the ones directly connected to the ground rail. with R7 and R10 fixed: R8 in ohms = ( (voltage you want in volts / 10) - 1 ) * 1500 if R7 and R10 are not stock R8 in ohms = ( (voltage you want in volts / 10) - 1 ) * R7
  21. For me, with the golden reference hv connected to my modern blue hawaii via a variac the golden ref hv needs an *absolute* minimum of 315.5VAC at its AC input to regulate at 404.3VDC output. In normal use I have 330VAC input to the golden ref for 404.3V output.
  22. Thank you JoaMat, I thought seperate heater supplies was the case looking at how the heater pins are connected up via resistors to other parts of the circuit.... I think your are right about going seperate LV and HV transformers. I'm going golden reference HV and LV boards and have made a golden reference HV 220V dedicated board. I want to use synchronous rectifiers for the +-15V on the golden reference LV board so I will go 2x15V 0.3A rather than centre tapped - Kevins sychchronous rectifiers dont like centre tapped transformers. Thank you for the specifications. Time to order some transformers....
  23. JoaMat, Can I ask what are the specifications for the transformer you are using? also do I need seperate heater windings for the el34s and 6922s.? thank you for your help James
  24. sorry to hear that... I hope the opa197 works for you (and me)
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