Why are my new EL84 tubes doing this?

TrowerPwr

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I just received a pair of matched Ei EL84 tubes from Doug's Tubes. They are replacing the original tubes, which are Groove Tubes.

The new tubes beep like a metronome. The beeping gets louder/softer as the position of the guitar changes, and as the volume on the guitar is turned up or down. It eventually fades away if I stop playing. This did not happen with the GTs.

Doug said he will replace them or refund my money, so I'm not out the $24 for the tubes. But I am curious as to what is going on.

The amp is a Crate V16 Palomino. The V1 preamp tube has been replaced with a Mullard AU7, and the V3 has been replaced with an RCA Blackplate AT7, reducing the gain quite a bit.

Thanks!
 

booj

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I had that happen and found out it was my electric watch, which had a second hand movement.
 

Hacksaw

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I had that happen and found out it was my electric watch, which had a second hand movement.


WOW.. I just remember,, I had this problem too! With a timex watch! about 5 yrs ago. Good call! :D took a little while to figure it out. took off the watch.. as it was coming through the pickups, the high gain amp just loved it LOL
 

epluribus

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I presume once you removed the watch interference you returned to your guitar playing...took the tickin' and kept on lickin'...as it were...sorry. :)
 

rockindog

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I had that happen and found out it was my electric watch, which had a second hand movement.

Ditto here. My Swiss Army watch would cause a ticking sound when I wore it playing single coil Strats or P-90 Gibsons through my amps. Simple solution is to take it off.
 

PRNDL

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Weird. I put the Ei's back in- no beeping. No idea why it stopped.

The tubes might be seriously mis-matched ... did you check the bias?

You could also try swapping one of the tubes to see if only one of the new tubes is bad.
 

donnyjaguar

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Clearly the one tube is picking up a beacon signal from an alien space craft. :)
Never heard of the wristwatch interference issue. Cable TV convertors can cause some very interesting sounding interference though.
 




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