Earlier (all pre-1961 designs), H.H. Scott basic and integrated
amplifiers use a "floating-paraphase" phase splitter (inverter)
circuit which featured an adjustable AC balance potentiometer for each audio
channel. Such types include: the 99, 209, 210, 222A/B, 299A/B, 272, 240, 250, 280, 290,
Later (post-1961) Scott amps (299C/D, 222C/D, 233, 296 and all Scottkit
this AC balance control by the introduction of a "split-load" phase
inverter circuit. So, if you own one of these types, no need for you to read further.
Typically, this adjustment permits the floating-paraphase phase splitter to
send perfectly adjusted symmetrical signals to each side of the push-pull output tubes,
even under very high signal levels. To perform this factory adjustment
procedure properly, you
will need an oscilloscope, low-distortion audio oscillator, a (non-inductive),
16-ohm resistive dummy load, capable of handling the amplifier's
output, and a high-quality distortion analyzer.
If you don't have the test equipment -- don't worry too much about
performing this AC balance adjustment. If your output tubes are anywhere close to being a
matched duet (and the rest of your amps is healthy), then this adjustment is
just not that critical.
To quote a factory H.H. Scott Service Bulletin:
"All H.H. Scott Amplifiers contain a dynamic
self-balancing phase inverter stage which automatically balances the
output of the amplifier beyond normal limits of audible detection. This
accomplished by the feedback developed in the plate-to-plate voltage
divider from which the second grid of the phase inverter obtains its
signal. For this reason, the adjustment of the (AC) balance control is not
absolutely necessary for good performance, although such adjustment may
improve performance at high signal levels.
If the amplifier is used for fixed-frequency or other
laboratory applications, however, readjustment of the (AC) balance control
may be desirable for optimum results. The control is factory set for the
original output tubes, but the characteristics of these tubes may change