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Amp lost power and smelled like something was burning

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You'll have to remove the amplifier section from the speaker cabinet and look inside the chassis.
Check the power transformer, the output transformer and the rectifier, see if any of these shows signs of overheating.

Posted on Jul 24, 2009

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The same can be true of the preamp tubes as well, but they also tend to become more noisy.

If it is a solid state amp, Or you just retubed a tube amp Check to see if the filter caps are begining to fail. These will usually reveal themselves as more 50 or 60 Hertz hum or harmonic thereof depending on the mains frequency and which cap is failing. While not highly likely, it is also possible the power transformer is failing- but it will produce a burned smell if it does.

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I was playing then all the sudden it sounded like it shorted out. The power is still on and the tubes fire up but the "STANDBUY" switch isn't lighting up when in on position. Please help.


The speaker is blown. Did it smell a little funny when this happened. Sometimes they get a faint burning smell when they blow. Some Peavey amps especially older ones are known for letting DC current slip through to the speaker and blows it immediately. Most of the rest of the amp deals with that pretty well so I'm not quite sure what going on with the standby switch. Probably just a blown bulb.

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They are NOT called motherboards, just circuit boards.

Sometimes the board can be restored by carving out the black and re-insulating it and repairing the cause and bad components.

Likely the power transistors have shorted that are associated with that side and burned compnents.

Many shops will only replace the whole board rather than do the labor to restore the board... Yes, either way it will be expensive to repair.

Causes of these failures can be overdriving the amp. bad speakers and or cables. Loose speaker connectors that vibrate can lead to this.

Another problem can be if SUPERSONIC (can't hear it) feedback is occuring at high frequencies that overloads the amp.

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You did a lot of damage, and replacing the fuse and trying it has caused much more.

There will be about seven blown parts on the amp and a dozen on the power supply. To give you an idea of the extent, the WHOLESALE parts cost is roughly $50, including the main power supply switchers IGBT's which cost nearly $20 for the pair by themselves.

I have repaired several of these and the larger cousin the PMP5000. It is a lot of skilled work to repair these.

The cause is a marginal insulation between layers of the multi-layer amplifier board. Usually the rearmost amp arcs between the layers. This fries three big switching transistors followed sometimes by a metering resistor and two small surface mounted transistors. A zener diode often goes. The cancer and burned area has to be ground out with a dental drill and new wire replaces the blown circuit traces.

If you are under warranty, take the unit for replacement.

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The unit I repaired had severe damage due to arc-over at one power amp section. Three power transistors were destroyed there and board traces and charring had to be handled in that section.
The repaired unit had to be brought up with a light bulb in series with the line power cord to prevent further damage until all bad parts were discovered and repaired. You will need to take the unit to a shop that is expperienced with the product. The repair cost MAY be pretty high.

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