65 Reissue Princeton Reverb - Hissing?

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  1. grownupboy

    grownupboy Member

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    Hey all... just picked up a fender 65 princeton reverb amp - and, WOW. this is one of the nicest sounding amps i've ever heard. perfect for my place and something i'm going to treasure for many years to come!

    one thing, i notice a hissing (shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh) even at zero volume with nothing plugged into the amp. is this normal? it's not loud enough but i can clearly hear it any time the amp is on.

    something that might go away over time? or is a tube on the fritz?

    any help appreciated on this one... thanks a ton!

    karl
     
  2. kevin hart

    kevin hart Supporting Member

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    turn it up fairly loud and tap on each preamp tube to see if one of them is noisey.
     
  3. teleman1

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    What Kevin said. See if it is doing it with the reverb engaged. The amp is very quiet.
     
  4. dougk

    dougk Silver Supporting Member

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    Using the eraser end of a pencil is a good (safe) way to do this.
     
  5. SuperReverb2

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    What's been said. I have one of these beauties and it's VERY quiet. Even cranked.

    GREAT amp!

    :)

    PS: If you can't rectify it yourself, take it back. That's what a 5 year warranty is for. Get yourself one that doesn't hiss. I've played through 3 of these now, and all 3 were VERY quiet, and very consistant. Don't settle for one that hisses. Get a quiet one.
     
  6. grownupboy

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    thanks for your replies guys...

    the hissing - like a soft "shhhhhhhh" sound is present with all knobs turned to one and the volume at zero. i tried tapping on the tubes but i'm not really sure what i'm looking for there. also made sure the reverb was all the way off...

    if i crank the volume, the hiss is amplified of course, but no other noise is present.

    i'm wondering if i'm over-reacting? or should this thing be dead silent when the volume is at zero?

    it's the kind of thing that you probably won't be able to hear in a large room or on the sales floor of a store - so i know i'm going to run into "there's nothing wrong with it" if i take it back. i hate that!

    karl
     
  7. grownupboy

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    well i think i solved the problem!

    looks like the power bar was causing the issue. plugged the amp into a different socket and it's quiet as a church mouse... who knew?

    karl
     

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