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xx HR 50+ blown output transformer
« Thread started on: Dec 6th, 2015, 5:38pm »

Well, I had a JJ power tube short and it took out my output transformer. It had low output and would cut in and out. The transformer was an O'netics. I don't know why, but instead of taking out the fuse, it took out the transformer. The amp guru at Chicago Fret works (a simply awesome shop, by the way) said he doesn't know why the transformer took the hit, and he thinks it may have been a fluke.

I am a fan of the O'netics transformers for sure, they sound great. I had the option of getting another one from Mike in Seattle or going with another brand. For example: Hammond, Heyboer, Pacific, and Mercury. I opted for Mercury. I know Mike used to use these for the Hot Rod amps anyway and I know they are rock solid, albeit expensive, so I hope it turns out well.

It is in the shop now, I will give an update when it is back and singing once again. Until then, I must wait in agony.
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« Reply #1 on: Dec 19th, 2015, 05:31am »

Update: I got the amp back, Pat at Chicago Fret Works did an immaculate job putting the new Merc output transformer in. I elected to get red covers, which looks awesome.

As far as the difference between the O'netics and the Mercury, there's not much. The O'netics was good iron and sounded great. The Mercury is good iron and sounds great.

The amp weighs the same, and in sound there's not too much difference. I have band practice today so it will get the real world workout. If I had to say anything, I would say the highs have a little more "smoothness" or "tameness" to them. The Merc didn't really do anyghing to make the amp better, it's just a tad different which I knew would happen. For me it is a welcome difference. The amp has the same balls, bass response, and clarity. The harmonics are as present as they ever were and notes still seem to jump off the guitar.

I'm very glad to have the amp back. I missed it dearly while it was gone and the whole situation really made me realize I cannot ever be without a Soldano amp. Mercury's are expensive, no doubt. But I know now why Mike used them for so long. I have always been intrigued by Mercury transformers, but I would never just change things in a Soldano amp just "because". Now with this ordeal, it made the situation happen.

I still think the O'netics transformer sounded phenomenal, and I am still a fan. I believe Pat at the shop when he told me the fuse should have taken it out and it really was a fluke occurrence. There's no way Mike would put junk in his amps, and the O'netics transfomer is definitely not junk. The next step is to take it apart and see if I can pinpoint the failure. I don't know if that will be possible or not.

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xx Re: HR 50+ blown output transformer
« Reply #2 on: Jan 4th, 2016, 2:57pm »

Thanks for the informal review. Maybe the fuse was a defect? I have no idea.

Yeah Soldano for life. ;-)
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