Hello TGP! For years, I've been lurking for info, but after today, I decided that I would just have to sign up. I did a lot of research (mostly here) when searching for my latest amp, and I finally made up my mind on a '68 Custom Deluxe Reverb. I really missed the DRRI that I traded years ago, so it seemed like a perfect fit. I guess it might still be perfect, except for this horrible, spitty static that occurs at idle. I've experienced this with new amps before, and noticed that it usually clears up by reseating the tubes and giving it a good workout for a week or so. This time, though, it is pretty persistent. I could best describe the sound as a worn out needle on a really scratched record. It happens with no guitar or footswitch connected. I started off rolling through a few preamp tubes and PI, and there was an ever so slight improvement with a change on V5. Otherwise nada. I don't have any 6v6's or rectifiers handy, bit I pulled them again to take a closer look. The rectifier tube is very noticeably defective from a visual inspection. The lower spacer is bent, and actually looks and feels as though it is protruding though the envelope. The question is this: The dealer has asked me to ship the whole amp back to them under their 30 day return policy; basically for an exchange. Apparently sending me a replacement tube is not an option. Has anyone had any luck contacting Fender for this type of thing? If it turns out that replacing the tube corrects the issue, I definitely want to keep the amp because it is killer in every other respect. Do the symptoms even indicate a faulty rectifier, or am I just scratching the surface of an even deeper pit of garbage?