Repair of Peavy Tour 700 Amplifier


Fault - Dead and blows fuse in rear panel 


Opened the Amplifier up revealing neat main board/heatsink assembly and torodial transformer


Removed the main board and chassis for testing 


Removed fan assembly chassis giving good access to the power transistors and main board

Found a short circuit on both sides of the output stage which was expected, removed all of the output devices 2SK1953 2SC5200 that seem to be the transistors of choice these days rated at 230v 

After removing all the devices they were tested - Even with our de -soldering station it was quite difficult to remove these transistors as can be seen we lifted a couple of pads on 2 of the devices  centre pins however these were not connected on the top side of the PCB which is why they came away so easily, we found 2 devices short circuit - below centre 


completely blown !


After going through our stock fitted 2 matched transistors and refitted all devices to heatsink


Before soldering



After soldering


Refitted chassis and main board


Re attached cables and tested


Found the Amplifier still did not work !

Took a few voltage measurements and found the output stage at 194v DC, the output protection relay was activated due to the protection circuit, found that the preamp power supply was missing the minus 16v rail. the readings were were plus16v and minus 0v  also found the one of the PCB 1 amp fuses blown..



Removed the main board again and carried out a modification to the pre amp fuses, as we do not stock the PCB board solder type and they have to be ordered especially, we  installed two 20 mm fuse carriers on the side bracket and hard wired them to the PCB, this enables fuses to be replaced without having to remove the entire PCB and chassis, also these fuses are readily available,  this modification  can easily be removed and put back to the original soldered PCB fuses if required just leaving 2 small holes in the chassis bracket.  

Removed the main board again and proceeded to test the following 

Output devices - all ok

Drivers - all ok

Pre Drivers - all ok 

Protection clamp transistors  - all ok

Tested the Neg Ve regulator - ok

New fuses ok 

Something was pulling the minus 15v supply down but it was not the output stage? there was no short circuit measured on the minus 15v supply, after some more testing on and off over the next couple of days found the problem to be a short circuit 15v Zener that was fed through a diode, hence the meter on resistance range was unable to detect a short on the other side of the diode

Replaced the Zener and the op amp that was running on the 15v supply, 

Re assembled the amplifier and tested - + and - 15v ok, protection circuit and relay working correctly, amplifier was now working, checked all the Gain, EQ controls etc, all looked good.

After repairing an amplifier with so much wrong with it we always leave the unit on heat soak for several hours - in this case 5 hours, testing about every hour steadily increasing the output each time from about 10w to full power, also testing the cooling fan sense was  working - all ok    

See bellow replaced components from left to right - 15v Zener, op amp, fuse, output transistors. 


Tested unit -  @ 700w RMS,  53v  as can be seen on the Tektronics 475 scope

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