Dispatcher: "May I have your attention please... We have a Code Black!... Code Black! Please report to your stations immediately!"
The listening room has fallen silent - fade to black. Just moments earlier, I began warming up the system and within the first three minutes, loud crackling noises emerged from my cans... both cups! Yes, high anxiety while shutting it down. I inspected all cable connections and then lifting and reinserting all tubes back into their sockets. A few minutes after powering up, the same thing.
I had the same experience last night - it was a first. But after removing and reinserting the tubes, everything returned to normal. I'm all set to try out my new Maple platform under both the music server and then the amp for some first impressions. Will post early pix later tonight, as I ordered two actually, but only one shipped for the time being. What I do know at this time is that both the rectifier socket and the left power tube socket arrived very loose; other side and 6SN7 sockets are tight. Also got a screw rolling around the bottom of the chassis . Better buy a set of small allen wrenches and drop the bottom and quick!
Will try it again in 10...