Budda SDII 18 Noise/Hiss levels?

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  1. Eddie V

    Eddie V Member

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    When my guitar volume is off or my Volume pedal off my gain channel seems to have alot of noise or hiss even at low levels like Master on 8 pm and Gain at 11pm.
    Is this normal for SDII 18's?
     
  2. sickboy79

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    My SD30 is extremely quite. Sounds ilke you might have a microphonic tube. I'd start with the preamp tubes first.
     
  3. Lawn Jockey

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    +1

    No problem with my SD18.
     
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    What else you plugging into the amp? Pedals? Efx loop stuff?
     
  5. Eddie V

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    Cool!
    Another thing I've noticed is the weight of the combo 1x12 is very light in comparison to my Dr Z or Bad Cat. Sweet on the back.
    I first thought that this would effect the tone alot but the Budda sure dosen't lack volume, warmth or tone. I also dig the punchy dirty cleans.

    Thanks for the info:AOK
     
  6. Eddie V

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    I tried going straight into the amp and it did the same thing. Hiss like a rattler!
    I run into my pedal board> ZVex Box o Rock>OCD>Maxon SD>Ernie Ball Jr Volume> Coralflanger> Delay>Budda. I use George L's and oxygen free cables

    I just play a Budda SDII 18 at GC and no hiss.

    I was still able to dust my entire house with one power chord:)-:messedup

    I'll change out the 12ax7's to find the culpret.
    Thanks
    Brad
     
  7. mkl13

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    Yes, sounds like something is wrong, my SD45 and SD18 are both very quiet. Check those tubes!
     
  8. cram

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    how much does work like this cost on an amp.
    There's a budda sd 30 in a store around here and it's got some hiss to it.

    obviously make assumptions that the microphonic tubes are indeed the problem...

    Is it simply just changing the tubes? And the cost for those?
     
  9. Lawn Jockey

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    If it's as simple as swapping out preamp tubes, minimal at best. Maybe $25.00 to $35.00. Even if you re-tubed the whole amp it should be less than a Benjamin.
     
  10. cram

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    cool thanks for answering that. benjamin - my favorite founding father.
    early bird get's the worm.
     
  11. Eddie V

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    I changed out the power tubes with some spares and the hiss for the most part went away. It worked great at a very loud rehearsal but I am going to re tube the amp with new tubes for a gig this Friday.
    Even with the tubes in it now the amp really cranked when I throttled it. Very tight low end and great controled feedback when I needed it.
    The other guitarist had to comment on how well the Budda sounded with NO pedals. Just amazing pure tube tone. Very sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks guys for the info!!!!:)
     
  12. Ricker

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    It's amazing what a package that light can actually deliver.
    When I tell people it's an 18watter they can't believe it.
    It doesn't have a huge low-end but it's as tight as you can get from 18watt el84 amp with a tube rec to boot.
    Great amp for sticking on the plane and taking with on the road.

    Rick
     

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