Discussion in 'Amps/Cabs Tech Corner: Amplifier, Cab & Speakers' started by SoCalSteve, Sep 14, 2008.
Is it a good idea? Is it okay to spray directly into the socket pin holes?
Read through this page, I always find Bob's advice helpful ~
...or, the original http://www.kcanostubes.com/content/newsletter_details.asp?ArticleID=2 Scroll down for socket cleaning.
Don't use cleaner that has a lubricant , I use a dental brush and 99% isopropyl to clean dirty sockets as it leaves no residue and no spray flying all over the amp if not careful with aerosols.
From the KCA NOS site (for those that are lazy....)
Q: Is there anything I can do about noisy or intermittent tubes?
A: Try cleaning the tube's pins and your tube socket. Get a spray cleaner like De-Oxit or other tuner cleaner. If all else fails, the tuner cleaner sold by Radio Shack will work fine. Spray some cleaner on your tube pins, insert the tube into your amp socket, remove, insert, etc....about 6 times. This will clean oxidation on your tube pins and in your socket. This often eliminates tube "noise" and intermittent operation..
hmmm i may try this!
Is that De-Oxit D5 or another variant?
Whichever one doesn't include lubricant...though in a pinch, I don't really see too many negatives of the lubricant version. They also have something called Pro Gold which is designed for tube pins and connectors.
These are excellent and there's no metal to leave behind
Your amp will work great, and your smile will be the brightest one in town!
I was going to use copper de-soldering braid (if you twist it, its a perfect wire brush for sockets), but I realised how dangerous this might be if caps are not discharged, and if bits of copper are left behind.
Cant use q-tips or any cloth, I'll end up contaminating with little plastic fibers.
Its extremely cold outside, -14F - so I'm not going out in the shop with my amp, and I can't use the contact cleaner I have inside the house, contains hexane, ethanol, etc... Just wanted to get this done. Sockets are filthy.
These can be used too! D5 Deoxit is what I use, has some lub in it but F5 has more and is not for sockets!