Thank you, its not that I'm uncomfortable with seeing if the screws are loose, its that they are painted the same color as the chassis (red) after the build, and I don't want Lloyd to think I had anything to do with this, being the paint will be removed from the inside of the screws after I try tightening them, besides I don't think the screws are loose (just assuming), I think the chassis holes for these two tubes are much bigger than the sockets themselves or something internal may be loose Thanks for your concern.
Your 100% right, I should have immediately sent the amp back as soon as I had no gain on the volume control. I did also inform Lloyd of this and he did say this is a problem and also the popping/crackling was a problem, but he gave me a choice to send it back by airmail or send me a new 12AX7 tube, which he thought may be the cause, but being the volume control started working correctly I opted for the tube. Everyone is saying the sockets should not be loose at all, so I'm going to shoot him an e-mail letting him know I definitely want to send the amp back to him. As I've said, I'm not at all thrilled with the build on this amp, but don't forget this had to go through customs, so who knows what goes on with customs, maybe they opened the box to see what was inside and didn't care about the content, and just threw it back inside with no regard, (after all this wasn't the best packaged item I've seen, by far). So by all means I'm definitely going to give Lloyd the benefit of the doubt and I'm blaming anything on him or talking bad in any way about him. And on the other hand, sometimes thing like this just happen, so who knows.