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Budda Design Flaw

Gearaddict

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For all you guys experiencing power problems, preamp tube problems, effect loop problems and overheating on their Budda amps, I discovered doing a retube that the tube access holes in the aluminum chassis are waaaay to close tolerance and in my case was not allowing the tubes to fully seat in the sockets. This problem caused two of my preamp tubes to not function properly, not light up and sometimes creating a short in the power supply. I do not know how the holes can be enlarged withoit a total disassemble of the pcb. Needless to say I am ticked beyond belief. No wonder they went out of business.:huh
 

Trotter

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Welcome to the gear page new member.

Budda amps are some of the best out there.

Sorry to hear you're having a problem with yours and feel the need to call it a design flaw.

Have you tried calling Budda Support? They're helpful people and still in business.
 
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shanesiegle

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mine is just fine and Budda are still in business and make some of the best damn amps on the planet period. Have a nice day :)
 

El Caballo

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No wonder they went out of business.:huh
:huh

So Peavey paid $$$ for a company with an inherent design flaw?

No son, they didn't go out of business. Check here www.budda.com
Peavey now owns them. Fact is, if you purchased your Budda new, recently, it was built by Peavey as they have been since late 2009.

This amp is 15 years old and running strong....built in the same chassis as the Superdrives are.






In fact, as you can see, I'm quite the fan of Jeff Bober's work (original designer of Buddas and now East).

 

Red House

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I discovered doing a retube that the tube access holes in the aluminum chassis are waaaay to close tolerance and in my case was not allowing the tubes to fully seat in the sockets.
It would help if you'd post pictures of your issue.
 

macmax77

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:huh

So Peavey paid $$$ for a company with an inherent design flaw?

No son, they didn't go out of business. Check here www.budda.com
Peavey now owns them. Fact is, if you purchased your Budda new, recently, it was built by Peavey as they have been since late 2009.

This amp is 15 years old and running strong....built in the same chassis as the Superdrives are.






In fact, as you can see, I'm quite the fan of Jeff Bober's work (original designer of Buddas and now East).

adopt me, marry me, whatever, i love your amps!!!!!!!!! :D
 

wolfpack

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For all you guys experiencing power problems, preamp tube problems, effect loop problems and overheating on their Budda amps, I discovered doing a retube that the tube access holes in the aluminum chassis are waaaay to close tolerance and in my case was not allowing the tubes to fully seat in the sockets. This problem caused two of my preamp tubes to not function properly, not light up and sometimes creating a short in the power supply. I do not know how the holes can be enlarged withoit a total disassemble of the pcb. Needless to say I am ticked beyond belief. No wonder they went out of business.:huh
This is a great example of what someone here once said "I come to TGP to read stupid ****"
 

Standard 64

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For all you guys experiencing power problems, preamp tube problems, effect loop problems and overheating on their Budda amps, I discovered doing a retube that the tube access holes in the aluminum chassis are waaaay to close tolerance and in my case was not allowing the tubes to fully seat in the sockets. This problem caused two of my preamp tubes to not function properly, not light up and sometimes creating a short in the power supply. I do not know how the holes can be enlarged withoit a total disassemble of the pcb. Needless to say I am ticked beyond belief. No wonder they went out of business.:huh
sounds like a disgruntled employee
 

jjhaller

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I've got almost 15 years on my SD-30 head. That's a lot of tube changes. It has been one of my main amps for the whole time. Its gone down on me twice in that whole time. Not a bad track record IMO. Killer amp, one of the greats.
 

Gearaddict

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Well, to all the Smart-Arse naysayers that think I'm high or stupid, I got a hold of Jeff Bober, who in fact validated my concern. Some of the chassis's were not drilled to spec. The fix is to either replace the tube sockets with thicker ones to make them almost flush with the chassis or to use JJ pre-amp tubes. Since the company (Budda) is no longer in business (sold to Peavey) my lifetime warranty is null and void.

Oh Happy Day! For now I've replaced the tubes with JJ's and it works. Jeff was nice enough to offer me a solution and for that I'm most grateful.
 

El Caballo

Rehabilitated former bar hopping musician
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Well, to all the Smart-Arse naysayers that think I'm high or stupid, I got a hold of Jeff Bober, who in fact validated my concern. Some of the chassis's were not drilled to spec. The fix is to either replace the tube sockets with thicker ones to make them almost flush with the chassis or to use JJ pre-amp tubes. Since the company (Budda) is no longer in business (sold to Peavey) my lifetime warranty is null and void.

Oh Happy Day! For now I've replaced the tubes with JJ's and it works. Jeff was nice enough to offer me a solution and for that I'm most grateful.
It's because your OP claims a "Design Flaw" when there isn't. Sorry the one you purchased has a "build" issue, but I'm glad you found a solution. And yes, Budda is still "in business". They're just part of a larger corporation and no longer a indepenant entity. :mmm
 

wolfpack

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Well, to all the Smart-Arse naysayers that think I'm high or stupid, I got a hold of Jeff Bober, who in fact validated my concern. Some of the chassis's were not drilled to spec. The fix is to either replace the tube sockets with thicker ones to make them almost flush with the chassis or to use JJ pre-amp tubes. Since the company (Budda) is no longer in business (sold to Peavey) my lifetime warranty is null and void.

Oh Happy Day! For now I've replaced the tubes with JJ's and it works. Jeff was nice enough to offer me a solution and for that I'm most grateful.
So instead of emailing Jeff 1st, you signed up on TGP to let us know that Budda amps have a design flaw & this is the reason he "went out of business" ?
His design's have been praised by many, & you have no idea what his reasons to sell to Peavey were about.

Welcome to TPG, you'll do well here.
 
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Give it to me and live that Hell out for you. My '97 TwinMaster will cook eggs and blues but never a hicough live. Fantastic designs from what I've seen. Really want an East amp.
 




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