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BID : 46368_GB7CIP
Subj: Mixer Eurorack1804X/ItMix PM184X
Sent: 181122/0656Z @:GB7CIP.#32.GBR.EURO #:46368 [Caterham Surrey GBR]

By G8MNY                                         (Update Oct 18)
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I have worked on both of these Behringer 10ch AF Mixers, "T Mix PM184X" has a
plastic carrying handle & a huge 375W/ch (4) PA amp built in underneath. The
"Eurotrack 1804X" is a mixer only & separate mains transformer.

  ch 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 o/p
 XLRO O O O O O . . o o o o         6 XLR Mic/mono Jack line +4 tone controls
Jacko o o o o o   o o o o      
  LF      o o o o o o         4 Stereo 2 Jack ins +4 tone controls
Gain      o o o o o'o'o    
    =============================   1 Aux Jack & 1 Phono Tape In & Out
Top1            B  32 mode FX echo 24bit processor
 Mid          FX  a
 Bas            r  Aux & Separate Alt/Solo Mix functions
              ||EQ|| '    7 Band Graphic EQ.
 Pan            :     All Ch have ext rear Jack effect option
    : : : : : : : : : : . . .  . 
    | | | | | | | | | | | | |  ||   XLR Bal & Jack Un O/Ps
    | | | | | | | | | | | | |  ||
    | | | | | | | | | | | | |  ||Main
            Faders     Aux Fx Alt

The 1st Mixer+Amp was not working properly, it had a broken LS screw post, & a
very noisy mixer. On painstakingly opening it up, literally 100s of knobs jacks
nuts & screws, (1 needed drilling out) to release the large PCB. On close
inspection, it soon became apparent that a CUP OF COFFEE had done it in.
(Always power off/remove batts if this happens to you!)

I photographed the PCB with 10Mpixel camera, to show up the many tiny corrosion
points in detail on a PC screen, to see all Surface Mount bits zoomed in to
more easily check it out.

After much tinkering I found a SM dual Op amp IC, with a completely corroded
away +ve pin. At this point I gave up as un-reparable for a few years!

At a Ham rally I spotted the similar 1804X "mixer only" version, for 20, less
its external transformer & it "just had a noisy slider", so I bought it, & made
up transformer (19-0-19V 1A) PSU box for it. The bad slider was the 1st ch Mic,
so I stripped this mixer down too. Unsoldered & removed the slider, opened it
up, re-tensioned the wipers & put it all back together. Then solder suckered
the PCB holes to refit. All tested out OK.

Now I did not want to wreck the now "good mixer" for spares, so I went back to
the PM184X Mixer+Amp again (found I kept all the parts). Removing the duff SM
IC I had previously found, but the loud crackle noise was still there! I also
spotted the overload/PFL LEDs would not light. Testing it further, of its own
PSU in the PA compartment, I found a symular SM dual Op amp IC with no +ve rail
or to that that ch's LEDs. This failed power line, I traced to a tiny plated
through PCB track "bridge failure" under a component, as this had the same
layout as other channels, I pieced it out on the non component side with 2A
fuse wire. Re-testing all noise had gone.

Now to the duff SM IC, filing it's corner off, I managed to expose enough metal
(0.2mm) to tin & solder 2A fuse wire to it. Putting it back in, a steady hand
was needed for SM ICs! Hey Presto it all worked too. (wooden cocktail stick is
ideal for unblocking oversoldered legs.)

Back to the last bit, the PA Amp's broken dual post LS high current screw post,
I made a replacement part from an old similar one & made it fit.

To stop this Mixer "coffee fault" in the future, to both mixers, I added felt
rings washers cut from "J Cloth" on each of the 79 pot shafts & glued a cloth
to the cover for the 15 sliders holes & slotted them.

Before closing up, I drilled out & re-tappped the seized screw thread in the
spot welded in collar, that I had to drill the screw head off, & replaced the
screw for a "Proper Job". Also all the screw threads were greased up to enable
easier re-assembly & undoing next time!

Then it was just the matter of the 100s screws, nuts & washed clean the knobs,
etc. Then do a good test out. A very hot 2x 4R large dummy load with the
375W/Ch amp. :=)

It has now been used at a function quite reliably, (spare taken too in case) so
eventually it was well worth all the hassle in the end.

Why Don't U send an interesting bul?

73 de John G8MNY @ GB7CIP

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