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5th February 2013
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Need help diagnosing VOC AC30 problem

Hey everyone,

I'm hoping somebody might be able to help me diagnose a sound my Vox AC30 CC2 has been making lately. I've owned the amp for about five years with no issues, using it mostly at home and rarely playing it at higher volumes until recently (I'm wondering if this might be the cause).

I've attached a couple of short clips so you can hear what the problem is. It's sort of a high-pitched rattle that happens as a note is receding. This is the first tube amp I've owned, and I'm pretty unknowledgeable about its inner workings.

Before I haul the amp down to the neighborhood repair shop, I was hoping to figure out what the problem might be and what I'd be looking at in terms of a repair cost.

Thanks for any help!

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One of your preamp tubes is microphonic. You can identify which preamp tube is microphonic by turning the amp on like you were going to play through it and then tapping each preamp tube. When you get to the one that is microphonic, the tapping noise will be loud. Replace that preamp tube and you'll be good to go.
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That sounds like an easy fix. Thanks very much for the help!
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