Well, YT - my first thought was a cracked plug or bad cord - and maybe wet hands ... but, if it was holding a charge after being plugged in and turned on ... it really sounds like a blown bleeder resistor
, since a blown cap will not hold a charge (and the appliance wouldn't work anyway - since a blown cap will not charge).
Originally Posted by YT2095
I used to rewind my own primaries and run them through a pair of 2n3055s, I have a fantastic one here hooked up to my CW voltage MX and get a lovely 36Kv out, that then charges the bank of Ex-Soviet Millitary caps
Humm ... sounds like you should have a callsign ... and perhaps quite an impressive "home brew" amp??? Well, assuming your use of CW is the same as mine.