Hey guys, first time posting here.
After reading bunch of posts from here for months, I have decided to purchase Minimax and today I have finally built it.
The problem is, I got way too excited and started "setup and biasing" part without the tube and the tube socket installed (I had a problem with the socket leg so I couldn't put it in),
Then after around 10-15 seconds with power on, there was a sudden hiss-ish sound with smoke coming out of PCB, and I was like fck, great.
I was panicking and was busy turning off the switch so couldn't locate the exact source of the smoke, but I'm positive it was from the right side of the board, and to the front where pot is.
Here is the current situation:
1. Everything in place, tubes and tube sockets are installed as well
2. Sound not checked yet, I don't want to blow up the cans, but willing to test it on my 20$ earphones if you think it is necessary
3. The multimeter reads:
27v for P.S. (I have adjusted this before it burnt out)
26.5 for TA2L to gnd, 0.8 for TA2R to gnd (***as far as I know these should be 13.5 each but turning trimmers works on neither side, and numbers are consistent)
4. Both readings between TA1<->TA2 (L/R) shows 0, but few hours ago I remember adjusting trimmer for the right one to 70 mv (since the range was 66-110 mv and I just wanted to meet the minimum for now). I guess that means something on the right must have shorted
5. SOMEHOW LEDs ARE ALL FINE
So the question is, does anyone have any idea what might have gone wrong? Also, does smoking mean that it needs replacement? If so, how do I know which one is burnt? (no sign of burnt parts, although I kinda smell some from the QB8/9 on the Right side.
*btw I am a complete noob