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post #5446 of 8538
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Originally Posted by Rico613 View Post

^ I think there is more to the story about that unit.  Some kind of odd corrosion or something, you can check the history on this thread.  As for the delays, that is well documented by now, and yes it would be better if Justin could give a more realistic delivery estimate, but that often depends on where you are in the queue and other unknowns.  The vast consensus is that the BHSE is well worth the wait.  My suggestion for anyone contemplating a BHSE order, would be to place the order now then get a Liquid Lightning or good dynamic amp.  It makes the wait less painful . . . biggrin.gif
Yes of course, there could be, and probably is, a lot more to that story than what is reflected in the post by @t1174.

But well...
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The wait time right now is about 4 months
that was in the end of September 2013.

Pretty much the answer that made me decide against getting one, there seemed to be a few people waiting for quite some time already, judging from posts on head-fi at the time.

As for the "well documented" part, - random posts on forums on the intarwebs does not count much in terms of documentation.

I guess it's a good thing nobody else makes the BHSE, given the amount of real alternatives one could argue you don't have much of a choice.
And speaking up about it is also likely to piss off the people who make them, sooo....
post #5447 of 8538

Things will get caught up, i have a large quantity of stuff for the next batch on the way. as long as front panels don't get screwed up again there should be no problem having the next batch sent out this year

 

^ BHSE enclosure parts

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post #5448 of 8538
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Originally Posted by t1174 View Post
 

Any Idea if the #47 BHSE return? this 13-month fix is just not reasonable.

 

I already have a year+ waiting when I bought the BHSE with work for only 4 hours. The 1st time repair is quick but it down again in same problem just months after. And then it cause me this 13-month wait.

 

as previously mentioned i will be sending a new one to make sure there are no issues. i will have an employee this week swap internals of one of the new ones into your blue chassis to expedite things and let it burn in this week

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:popcorn:

post #5450 of 8538
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Originally Posted by justin w. View Post

as previously mentioned i will be sending a new one to make sure there are no issues. i will have an employee this week swap internals of one of the new ones into your blue chassis to expedite things and let it burn in this week

Thankyou for the quick response. But I am still willing the working BHSE can be back asap.
post #5451 of 8538
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Originally Posted by justin w. View Post
 

 

as previously mentioned i will be sending a new one to make sure there are no issues. i will have an employee this week swap internals of one of the new ones into your blue chassis to expedite things and let it burn in this week


" swap internals of one of the new ones..."

 

Not mine, I hop...

post #5452 of 8538
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Originally Posted by Phil95 View Post
 


" swap internals of one of the new ones..."

 

Not mine, I hop...


Sorry, "I hope"!

post #5453 of 8538

Whilst we're waiting those last few days weeks for the new batch of BHSEs, here's an update for tube rollers:

 

One of my second set of Psvane EL34PHs the tubes failed yesterday. The set is about 5 months old, with very roughly 400-500 hours of usage.

 

The failure was near identical to the failure I had with the previous set:
After about 3-4 hours of being on, one of the tubes started crackling loudly (both externally and through the headphones) coinciding with sparks of light near the top of the tube. I didn't wait to see how the fireworks display would end, so no damage done.

 

Whilst waiting for Rachel's response (the grant fidelity warranty is 90 days), I'm again looking for alternatives. So any more feedback from the newest contenders? Mesa Boogie STR-447, Tesla and anything else that's been tried recently? Golfnutz, have the Mesa's smoothed out over time?

post #5454 of 8538
Glad I did not jump on the EL34PH bandwagon back there. I already had some Winged "C" EL34s and a brand new quad of the TII 6CA7s to try. I have liked the Shugang Black Treasures in my speaker amp.

Pin issues, and rapid failure are not good signs for the expensive EL34PH IMHO.
post #5455 of 8538
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Originally Posted by TheAttorney View Post
 

Whilst we're waiting those last few days weeks for the new batch of BHSEs, here's an update for tube rollers:

 

One of my second set of Psvane EL34PHs the tubes failed yesterday. The set is about 5 months old, with very roughly 400-500 hours of usage.

 

The failure was near identical to the failure I had with the previous set:
After about 3-4 hours of being on, one of the tubes started crackling loudly (both externally and through the headphones) coinciding with sparks of light near the top of the tube. I didn't wait to see how the fireworks display would end, so no damage done.

 

Whilst waiting for Rachel's response (the grant fidelity warranty is 90 days), I'm again looking for alternatives. So any more feedback from the newest contenders? Mesa Boogie STR-447, Tesla and anything else that's been tried recently? Golfnutz, have the Mesa's smoothed out over time?

I ended up buying another quad as backup (BLU - 66mA on my tester), but these ones aren't as bright as the previous ones (GRY - 60mA).  However, the brightness was dependent on the CD, so it wasn't like they were bright all the time. I'm also not running them as hard as the first quad either (trying not to take it past 9:30 - 10:00 on the volume). I still like the EL34PH, but for some reason I keep going back to these and will probably stick to the Boogies for awhile. I really do like them, but again, like the EL34PH it's something that needs to be tested long term to see how they hold up. Sound wise, they're pretty close to the Psvane (to me anyway). IMO they're the best alternative I've used when you factor everything in.

post #5456 of 8538
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Originally Posted by TheAttorney View Post

 

One of my second set of Psvane EL34PHs the tubes failed yesterday. The set is about 5 months old, with very roughly 400-500 hours of usage.


After about 3-4 hours of being on, one of the tubes started crackling loudly (both externally and through the headphones) coinciding with sparks of light near the top of the tube. I didn't wait to see how the fireworks display would end, so no damage done.

Was the failed tube in the same socket on the BHSE?  (just ask'n . . . :ph34r:)

 

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Originally Posted by Golfnutz View Post
 

I ended up buying another quad as backup (BLU - 66mA on my tester), but these ones aren't as bright as the previous ones (GRY - 60mA).  However, the brightness was dependent on the CD, so it wasn't like they were bright all the time. I'm also not running them as hard as the first quad either (trying not to take it past 9:30 - 10:00 on the volume). I still like the EL34PH, but for some reason I keep going back to these and will probably stick to the Boogies for awhile. I really do like them, but again, like the EL34PH it's something that needs to be tested long term to see how they hold up. Sound wise, they're pretty close to the Psvane (to me anyway). IMO they're the best alternative I've used when you factor everything in.

 

How many hours on your EL34PH's ? 

post #5457 of 8538
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Originally Posted by Rico613 View PostWas the failed tube in the same socket on the BHSE?  (just ask'n . . . :ph34r:)

Strangely enough, it was the same socket (Right Back) in both cases. In the first case, I switched the suspect tube to Left Back and the fault moved with the tube.

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^ I wonder if the amp is doing something to fry the tubes on that socket?

 

edit: nevermind . . :ph34r:


Edited by Rico613 - 6/30/14 at 1:29pm
post #5459 of 8538
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Originally Posted by Rico613 View Post
 

Was the failed tube in the same socket on the BHSE?  (just ask'n . . . :ph34r:)

 

 

How many hours on your EL34PH's ? 

My first quad started to fail around the 2000+ hours. I ordered another quad, and ended up sending one tube back to GF as a replacement (everything working fine now). Like Attorney, I switched tubes to different sockets and the issue was the tube. One thing that does bother me though, I could have sworn Psvane posted the data sheet early on when they announced the EL34PH. Now I can't seem to find it anywhere. Lots of other tubes they manufacture have it, but not the EL34PH (unless I'm looking in the wrong spot).

post #5460 of 8538

Oh well, in for a penny... in for £95. I've just ordered a matched quad of the Mesa BLUs and will see how they stack up.

 

I guess Justin will best know what sort of things can cause issues on an individual socket. However, as I didn't have any problems with the JJs or Treasures over at least the same period, I'm not inclined to raise any doubts on the BHSE.

 

Edit: FWIW, there's been no suspect differences in any of the balance and offset measurements at any time with any of my tubes.

 

Edit: Supplier said that the Blue variant has a slightly higher gain than the Grey, so will have a bit more headroom.


Edited by TheAttorney - 6/30/14 at 9:44am
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