Just recieved my Little Dot II amplifier!
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First impressions of the amp is good, everything arrived in one piece and it seems that all of the tubes were fine as well. For the price, it is a very good bargain and it seems that build quality is acceptable seeing that the amp only cost around 40 USD minus shipping.

However, there are some questions that I have -maybe this is true for all tube amps but when i tap the metal enclosure or touch the tubes with my nail there is a ringing sound which can be heard through my headphones- and there is a very slight crackel which is only audible at the lowest volume level-best way to decribe it would be radio static i guess??

Are these normal for an tube amp , or should I try swapping the tubes?

I also learned never to touch the drive tube socket-even when the amp is disconnected from AC power=---OUCH! quite a big shock
 
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However, there are some questions that I have -maybe this is true for all tube amps but when i tap the metal enclosure or touch the tubes with my nail there is a ringing sound which can be heard through my headphones- and there is a very slight crackel which is only audible at the lowest volume level-best way to decribe it would be radio static i guess??

Are these normal for an tube amp , or should I try swapping the tubes?

I also learned never to touch the drive tube socket-even when the amp is disconnected from AC power=---OUCH! quite a big shock



The tubes themselves are microphonic, and with these tubes, finding a set that isn't will be hit and miss, since they aren't commonly used.
That shock was the power supply caps discharging.
 
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