I just took in an unwanted Hartke VX 215 cab after having sold off a couple very nice old cabs via TB here... I plugged my head into the VX and the speakers were producing an ugly, intermittent 'crackling' sound. The tweeter was blown (of course, and that's fine) so after I by-passed the silly x-over and wired the 15s directly to the input jack, I was still getting the crackling sound.
Is it the jack? I don't think it's the drivers. I'll probably just replace the jack with a Switchcraft... I'm only posting about it just in case someone knows right off the bat what it is, because I believe in magic.
I like these cabs though. In a world where Deluxe is King, I remain happily at the lower end of the totem pole. Doesn't seem to bother my playing any- I no longer am very freaked out about what I play through.
Oh yeah- I painted the tweeter-horn black, and screwed it's newly-disassociated self back into the baffle. The cab looks much more dignified now without that toy-looking plastic square thing making its cheep presence known from behind the grille (sorry Larry...). It's almost kind of 'handsome' now... I'm going to paint the plastic 15" driver surrounds next. Pix when I'm done- I'll post on the Hartke thread (I'm sure there is one) and link to it here...