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Posted on January 3, 2017 at 15:51:27
RPMac
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I have a RCA 2A3 that makes a loud scratching pop at turn-on and some black marks on the inside of the glass at the top, but plays fine.
Should I be concerned?

 

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RE: Turn on issue, posted on January 3, 2017 at 16:45:48
Chip647
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It is arcing at startup and will completely short soon. If it shorts, it may take out your output transformer, rectifier, etc. Consider yourself lucky that you have yet to cause any permanent damage. If that does not concern you, then don't be concerned.

 

RE: Turn on issue, posted on January 3, 2017 at 18:23:52
DAK
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You should certainly try some new tubes to see if that cures the problem. If it behaves the same with the new tubes. Then the problem is with the amp. If you have positively ruled out your signal sources and ancillary equipment then the next step is to turn it on with no driver or splitter tubes but hooked up to speakers but use cheap speakers for the rest of the testing. If there is no noise then the problem is in the driver/splitter section of the amp. If there is still noise and if you don't have much experience with tube amps you should probably take it to a tech who would have more equipment and knowledge in determining the source of the problem.

 

RE: Another tube, posted on January 3, 2017 at 20:07:40
RPMac
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Another tube cured the problem
Thanks guys

 

And though this recommendation has been beaten to death..., posted on January 4, 2017 at 10:12:48
Jonesy
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as always, wouldn't hurt to clean the pins and socket. As well as tensioning the socket.

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