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Weird little issue with Hartke HA3500

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Achtane, May 13, 2010.


  1. Hey TB, I've started noticing this lately...it's like a "farting" noise, I guess a bit like a blown speaker sound -- but I'm pretty positive it's not my cab. I'm running my Hondo P-bass into a Hartke HA3500 with a Hartke 410XL cab. I set the tube preamp to "4" (11 o'clock), the solid state to "1" (7 o'clock), and the volume is usually at 1 or 2 when just practicing.

    I say "lately" because I've started messing around with pick style and I only get this noise when I dig in near the pickup. If I compensate by playing near the bridge it only occasionally happens, but right above the pickup it's a mess.

    Achtane, why don't you just lower your pickup height?

    Well, here is the weird part -- if I turn up the solid state and turn off the tube, I can beat the crap out of the strings and don't get this sound. It's only when I turn up the tube at all.

    The amp was made in 1999, and from the seller, "I changed the tube to a JJ ECC83S two years ago." Aside from playing more softly, is there something stupidly simple I can do or should I go ahead and order a new tube? The amp is otherwise in mint condition.

    It's not a huge deal, but it is annoying.
     
  2. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I bought this head in a combo once. It was a used one at a dealer, and when I tried it out in the store, it made noises like that. Owner: "Oh, the tube went microphonic. Gimme five minutes, and I'll put a new one in." This was about 15 years ago, and the amp's been fine since. (I sold it to a friend, and gigs with it all the time.)
     
  3. sevenyearsdown

    sevenyearsdown Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Sanborn, NY
    tube
     
  4. I see, I'll get a new one then. Thanks.
     

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