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post #346 of 820

Just received a pair of NOS Tung Sol 5998, branded Chatham 2399. One tube seems to have something loose inside it -- makes a kind of metallic jangly sound when I move the tube. I can't see any loose or broken parts inside. And as far as I can tell, the tube works OK. So, I should just stop worrying and get on with life? Or is this kind of mechanical (not audio) noise a potential portent of problems down the road, which would mean that I should try to get the tube replaced? Thanks for your guidance!

post #347 of 820

If I am not going to be using the peamp function do I even need to worry about swapping out the preamp tubes?

post #348 of 820
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Originally Posted by GrindingThud View Post

Sounds like a ground loop, does it buzz with the source disconnected?

@Grinding...yes it is buzzing even when the source is disconnected.

Is that a ground loop tell tale ?

post #349 of 820
No, that leans toward not a ground loop. It's most likely either a tube or power supply/ground issue... My WA-3 was very picky.
My WA3 did not like CFL lamps nearby either. You mentioned the buzz appears or is maximized at around 10oclock. Noise from the pot maximizes at center (resistance, not on the dial). The fact it's quiet with volume down means it's not likely an output tube issue.

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@Grinding...yes it is buzzing even when the source is disconnected.
Is that a ground loop tell tale ?

Edited by GrindingThud - 6/5/14 at 4:11pm
post #350 of 820
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No, that leans toward not a ground loop. It's most likely either a tube or power supply/ground issue... My WA-3 was very picky.
My WA3 did not like CFL lamps nearby either. You mentioned the buzz appears or is maximized at around 10oclock. Noise from the pot maximizes at center (resistance, not on the dial). The fact it's quiet with volume down means it's not likely an output tube issue.

The buzz start showing at around 10 o'clock and keep getting louder when I increase the volume...the higher the volume the louder it become.

Perhaps I should try a power conditioner, anybody use this btw, does it helps ?

 

My 6as7 and 6dj8 just arrived, will swap them tonight and see if the buzz goes away.

 

Thanks Grinding.

post #351 of 820

Anyone have experience with a TS5998 that gives off a loud "pop" after a few mins? Is this called arcing? Any hope for this tube, or is it worthless?

post #352 of 820

Anyone?

 

Fortunately, I always listen to newly purchased tubes thru an old pair of Senn HD238's for the first hour as I don't want to risk damaging my HD800 or LCD2.2.

post #353 of 820
Yes, that is arcing. It's as bad for your ears as it is for headphones. A gassy tube can arc, a tube that has been sitting for years may arc, powering up the amp with hot rectifiers and cold output tubes (rolling too quickly) can do it. Let the tube cook for an hour before trying again. It may just be a one time thing. If it happens more than once at startup or if it happens to a fully warmed up amp I toss the tube. Some 5998 and 7236 have a tendency to arc in the Woo.
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Originally Posted by OldSkool View Post

Anyone have experience with a TS5998 that gives off a loud "pop" after a few mins? Is this called arcing? Any hope for this tube, or is it worthless?
post #354 of 820
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Originally Posted by GrindingThud View Post

Yes, that is arcing. It's as bad for your ears as it is for headphones. A gassy tube can arc, a tube that has been sitting for years may arc, powering up the amp with hot rectifiers and cold output tubes (rolling too quickly) can do it. Let the tube cook for an hour before trying again. It may just be a one time thing. If it happens more than once at startup or if it happens to a fully warmed up amp I toss the tube. Some 5998 and 7236 have a tendency to arc in the Woo.


Will try it again. Thanks for the info.

:beerchug:

post #355 of 820
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Originally Posted by guildenstern View Post
 

Just received a pair of NOS Tung Sol 5998, branded Chatham 2399. One tube seems to have something loose inside it -- makes a kind of metallic jangly sound when I move the tube. I can't see any loose or broken parts inside. And as far as I can tell, the tube works OK. So, I should just stop worrying and get on with life? Or is this kind of mechanical (not audio) noise a potential portent of problems down the road, which would mean that I should try to get the tube replaced? Thanks for your guidance!


I have a few that do the same, generally this won't cause any problems.

post #356 of 820
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I have a few that do the same, generally this won't cause any problems.

I have the same tube w/ the same problem smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by kazsud View Post


I have the same tube w/ the same problem smily_headphones1.gif


Thanks for letting me know you've had the same experience. Since the tube sounds fine, I'll just enjoy the music and not worry about it. (Sounds like a good way to get through life...)

post #358 of 820
Are 6080wa compatable?
post #359 of 820
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Are 6080wa compatable?


yes, 6080, 6080w, 6080wa, 6080wb and 6080wc are all fine

post #360 of 820
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Originally Posted by GrindingThud View Post

Yes, that is arcing. It's as bad for your ears as it is for headphones. A gassy tube can arc, a tube that has been sitting for years may arc, powering up the amp with hot rectifiers and cold output tubes (rolling too quickly) can do it. Let the tube cook for an hour before trying again. It may just be a one time thing. If it happens more than once at startup or if it happens to a fully warmed up amp I toss the tube. Some 5998 and 7236 have a tendency to arc in the Woo.


When you mentioned rolling too quickly, I remembered that I was swapping in cold power tubes with hot rectifiers. After a proper warm-up, the tube now works fine. :smile:

 

Thanks again for this info! Your advice kept me from throwing out a perfectly good 5998.

 

:beerchug:

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