Sudden noise problem with TIM pedal

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  1. jordanyeo

    jordanyeo Member

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    I've been rocking (and loving!) my Paul C TIM for many years, and have suddenly encountered some type of weird noise problem. When the Tim in engaged, even in low overdrive settings, I'm getting a pile of white noise. I've tried powering it by just the 9V battery instead of my pedal power and it sounds exactly the same. I've tried just going from Guitar -> Tim -> Amp, and it still makes the same noise. I've tried different amps, and even plugging in direct into my computer, same issue. It's not a normal hum sound from a guitar, but actual noise.

    Here's the weird part I don't get- if I have a guitar cable plugged into the input, but not actually plugged into guitar, it makes noise. If a guitar is plugged in with the volume knob on the guitar up, makes noise. As soon as I turn the volume off on the guitar, noise goes away. Tried 2 different guitars and same issue. Wondering if it has something to do with an active load/signal on the pedal?

    Any ideas? I love my Tim and can't live without it! Tried fiddling all knobs to no avail :(
     
  2. ELmiguel

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    Call Paul C.
    615-896-8555
     
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    Paul C will take care of you. Send him an email. Knowing him, HW will do it for free and turn it around in a day or two.
     
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  5. jordanyeo

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    For anyone else who runs into this issue, chatted with Paul (super nice guy!) and he said it's the op-amp chip dying. Going to drop in a new chip and see if it solves my white noise issue.
     
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    It's been 13 minutes... where's the update??

    Just Kidding...

    Paul is the man!!!

    And I like "Better Call Paul".


    hahaha
     
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    Upvote
     
  8. jordanyeo

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    Sorry, had to order the chip online! Not in hand to test out with. Will update when it arrives in the mail!
     
  9. jordanyeo

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    Update! Ordered a few chips from smallbear, and it totally solved the issue! After testing out 2 of the 4 that I ordered, I realized that I can't tell a difference between the chips. At least now I have some spares if one dies again :)

    So to recap: if your Tim or Timmy or any type of tubescreamer is suddenly making a bunch of white noise, replace the op-amp! And, Paul Cochrane is one of the nicest people I've ever spoken to, and now my favorite pedal builder of all time.
     
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    I love my Tim as well and couidn't live without it on my board.
    Vive Paul C.
     

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