I'm in the process of restoring a HIWATT HI-GAIN 50 COMBO Valve guitar amp and one of the issues it has is that the reverb dial has no effect on the sound.
To troubleshoot this I first replaced the 12AX7 tube responsible for the reverb recovery circuit and that made no difference. After this I disconnected the reverb tank and connected headphones to phono / RCA connector that was connected to the tanks input. As expected I could hear the guitar signal with no issues. The next test was tapping the phono / RCA connector that was connected to the output of the amplifier. Sure enough the tapping created the expected buzz on the amplifier confirming that the signal paths to and from the tank were working. The next test was to connect the input signal to the tank and connect headphones to the output of the tank, nothing could be heard other than the sound of the reverb springs when the tank was moved (this could be heard with or without input phono connected)
I removed the tank from the amp and inspected all solder / mechanical connections and all seemed fine. Measuring DC resistance the input transducer measured 30 Ohms and output transducer measured 69 Ohms (Obviously this wont be the impedance the tank is rated by, but at least it showed that the transducers were not a dead short or open circuit). To further test my reasoning I fed an audio signal into the input and probed with an oscilloscope. Signal could be seen up to the input of the input transducer and nothing at the output / springs of the input transducer hence the conclusion it must be dead
The code on the tank is 3CA3A1B
From what I've found on the internet this means:
- 3: reverb type = 3 springs
- C: input impedance = 240ohms
- A: output impedance = 600 ohms
- 3: decay time = long 2.75 to 4.0 sec
- A: connectors = input grounded/output grounded (Appears to be wrong as input is isolated output is grounded)
- 1: locking device = no lock
- B: mounting plane = horizontal open side down
However I cannot find any tank with these impedances for sale (specifically in or ship to the UK)
Getting to the point... The Question
I have a schematic for the amplifier and would like to find a way to calculate the allowable ranges of input and output impedance for the reverb tank (connected to CN5 / CN6). By doing this I may be able to find another tank that will work with this amp that I can buy in the UK
The tank is driven and recovered by JRC5532 OP AMPs before being passed to the 12AX7 amplifier circuit. What confuses me is that in the datasheet for this part the maximum drive output is given as 600 Ohm which is far higher than the 240 Ohm impedance required by the reverb tank however the 600 Ohm output drive is given at 10Vrms.
How can I calculate the range of input and output impedance that would be compatible with this amplifier?