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    Charl
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    The paperwork that came with my Two-Stroke Kit purchased from the Tube Amp Network includes notes stating I would need to install an artificial center tap for my power transformer by attaching a 100 ohm filament from each green lead to ground.  However, the 290AX power transformer that came with my kit has a green and yellow wire matching the one described on page 186 of Dave Hunter’s book as “the heater supply center tap”.  I assume this is the same center tap and that note in my kit was for a different PT that other kits may come supplied with, but I wanted to confirm that here before wiring everything up.

    I’ve included pictures of the Power Transformer wires and the schematic from the box the transformer came in.290AX wires

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    Andy
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    Nope! It has the green and yellow wire so it does not need the artificial center tap.

    The available transformers are jumping around a lot and some manufacturers have the center tap and some don’t. With the 290AX, you do it just like the book says. No need to make an artificial tap.

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    Charl
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    Great!  Thanks!

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