|Question on 17 January 2006 =
I have a pair of valve monoblocks, hand built by Peter Lindley (I would
imagine specialists within your field would recognise his name).
The mono blocks have been completely reworked and the only donor component
from the original Quad II are the transformers. One power amp has developed
a fault which by process of elimination is pointing to an unstable HT transformer.
Fuses on the mono block in question keep blowing, but the mono block can
work fine for some time without trouble.
I cannot make contact with Mr Lindley, but I have someone locally who
is able to complete repairs, but I would like to ensure I am able to source
a high quality transformer as the component, design and build quality of
the Lindley monoblocks are to a very high standard.
Are you able to supply a high quality transformer?
Will I need to match transformers in both mono blocks?
What is the cost per transformer?
What is the availability?
Any advice or guidance would genuinely be welcome and appreciated.
|Answer = Sorry, but I have never heard of Peter Lindley.
I tried to find out a bit more about your amplifier on the Internet,
but my internet search did not find anything about Peter Lindley.
|I apologise for being blunt,
but there has been so much nonsensical hype about monoblocks or Quad
II or exclusivity,
that you will misunderstand my words, if I tried to overly polite and
"beat around the bush".
|The best sign of quality of a valve amplifier is
NOT the usual hype of monoblocks or Quad II or exclusivity.
|The best sign of quality is the SIZE OF THE TRANSFORMERS.
|Our "standard" main power transformer weighs over 8 kilogram
(the weight of a 'typical' COMPLETE transistor amplifier or the weight
of a COMPLETE QUAD II monoblock.)
Our "standard" main power transformers are so big,
you CANNOT fit it on a rebuilt version of the SMALLISH Quad II monoblock.
I really do not see the point of building or rebuilding SMALLISH Quad
II monoblocks with small transformers.
|The transformer on the Quad II monoblocks are
TOO SMALL to produce 10 watts of DEEP BASS
(DEEP bass is a problem because the loudest sound on a recording
is usually the bass drums or bass instrument.)
|I do not see the point of building (or rebuilding) a monoblock with
transformers that are too small to cope with the insane amount of bass
on modern CD.
(There was a limit to how much deep bass you can put on a record,
before the wiggly groove 'overflowed' into the next wiggly groove).
|Quad II monoblocks manages to squeeze out 15 watt in the midrange,
but that is not much use,
because a man shouting as loudly as possible produces 20 TIMES LESS
THAN 1 WATT.
|Please forget about the hype from Hi Fi magazines,
that sensationalize / hype up equipment to sell Hi Fi magazine,
or dealers selling / hyping up their products
in Internet Forums (disguised as innocent member of the public.)
|Which do you think is better,
transformer from an amplifier that produces about 10
watt of deep bass (to 15 watts of midrange)
transformers from a 40 watts + 40 watts amplifier ?
|So, if the monoblock uses transformers from the Quad II,
and it will cost a hundreds of pound to repair it,
my suggestion is to buy our
40 watts + 40 watts EL34 valve amplifier for GBP £250
+ GBP £30 shipping,
with 2 years guarantee on everything (INCLUDING OUR BEST RELIABLE CHINESE
VALVES. Many competitors only give 90 days guarantee on Russian valves),
with CE safety markings ,
with bolted on CE safety cage (with 'anti tamper' label, so you must
NOT remove the safety cage.) and
peace of mind (no need to worry about the next repair
bill) for 2 years
|As for being well built,
our GBP £250 amplifier makes most British made
as though they were built in a garden shed or kitchen
(and some of them probably were)
with a Black and Decker drill and jig saw.
|The metal joint on our chassis of our GBP £250
amplifier are so good that
you either do NOT see the joint, or you get a hairline
|The build quality on the chassis of our Leak Stereo 20
and Roger HG88 III
is CRUDE and VERY POOR compared to our BEST Chinese standards,
using HUGE EXPENSIVE COMPUTER CONTROLLED MACHINES.
|If Mr Peter Lindley has followed Quad II design,
then it is definitely a waste of time to repair it.
|Automatic cathode bias is a waste of time because it lower power, increase
(Negative feed back when applied correctly, reduces distortion, noise
and out put resistance.
Negative feedback at the cathode reduced distortion, but increase noise
and output resistance.
Please read Mr Morgan Jones book) ,
give woolly bass, slower recover from overload.
|While Quad (and McIntosh) enthusiast are telling everybody about the
unique design of their transformers,
MOST OTHER KNOWLEDGEABLE FAMOUS VALVE AMPLIFIER DESIGNERS AND MANUFACTURERS
have avoid Quad (and McIntosh) style transformers !
|Just because it is expensive and exclusive and different (?odd?) does
NOT mean that it is the best !
|Using a EF86 pentode valve (with VERY HIGH output impedance, compared
to ECC82 (12AU7))
to drive the 'miller capacitance' of BIG power valves is a lousy idea.
|To make matter worse, one of the EF86 has a HUGE amount of negative
so its' output impedance is totally different to the OTHER EF86,
so the a.c. balance between the 'push and pull' at ultrasonic frequency
This is important for the stability of the amplifier.
|Yeah, Quad II is better than many transistor amplifiers.
Almost anything is better than "Class B biased' transistor amplifiers.
|But do a 'shoot out' between the 10 watt (deep bass) to 15 watt (midrange)
Quad II with SMALL transformer
against our GBP £250 40 watt + 40 watt valve amplifier with MUCH
LARGER output transformers,
and the Quad II will lose EASILY
(assuming that the listening is done with High End '3 way' speakers
with 10 inch woofers or 12 inch woofer,
like our GBP £450 to GBP £2,900 High End speaker)
(Assuming the listeners are not HUNDREDS OF DEALERS in an Internet
trying to 'hype up' and sell his stock of overpriced OLD UNRELIABLE
|Regardless of hype about 6 inch speakers,
it is a waste of time testing SERIOUS valve equipment with
small 5 inch or 6 inch speakers (lousy bass, cannot handle power)
or electrostatic speaker (lousy bass, cannot handle power).
|How can you test the 'bass slam' of the amplifier
with 5 inch or 6 inch speakers (lousy bass, cannot handle power) ?
|Sorry, but hundreds of dealers (some big, some small) in Internet forum
(disguised as innocent member of the public)
are leading thousands of people 'up the garden path',
with their absurd unbelievable hype,
so they can sell their stock of OLD UNRELIABLE used amplifier ('bought
for a song' in Boot fairs and house clearance),
at silly absurd unrealistic prices.
|40 year old used valve (or transistor) amplifier , cars
, washing machine , man or woman
will have reliability problem (as you have found out
to your cost,
whilst the dealer is laughing all the way to the bank).
|Some woman will say that ALL man, regardless of age,
are unreliable !