So if any of you saw/responded to the thread of me and this eBay auction, you know how stoked/excited I've been in anticipation of getting this "mint" condition amp. Well, I'm having weird problems, and never having owned an all tube head before I don't know what's going on. It was packed very well, the tubes were even removed and individually bubble wrapped. Just to be safe, I made sure my fingers didn't touch the tubes when installing. Here's the following email I sent to the seller today: == Got the head yesterday. No visible damage to the box or packing materials (good job on that btw) and the amp looks great. When I got home from work I did have some trouble getting the tubes out of the back due to the bubble wrap, and presume as a result one of pins on a preamp tube got bent just slightly. I gently moved it back into position and installed the preamp and power tubes. Made sure it was on standby and powered on. Let it warm up for a couple mins while setting the EQ flat, master to 10, and both volume knobs at zero. Plugged into input 2 and slowly began to turn volume 2 up. Immediately I got the most horrible noise/static/hiss/crackle. It would last a few seconds, stop and start. Almost sounded like a siren mixed with feedback and hiss. It started once I began turning the knob, so between 0 and 1. After about 10 mins, this went away and I mainly started messing around with input/vol 1 to test the overdrive at low levels (it was late and I live in an apt). Well this morning, the exact phenomena occurred. Playing clean, input 2, vol 2 around 3, vol 1 zero, master 10, I'm getting a good clean sound with intermittent hiss/static on my attack and decay. I've never owned an all tube amp...any idea what could be wrong? I'm using a brand new Livewire 14 gauge speaker cable, 8ohm output to an 8ohm Eden 410xlt. I've tried using the separate input/output jacks on the cab and head with same results. Even turned off my tweeter, different basses, etc. Could something have happened in shipping? == Does this sound like a preamp tube problem or what???