1 tubwompus 1 year ago Soooo....As part of my foray into ejummicating myself re: tube amps’ function and sonic variations along with their interaction with different guitars within a recording environment....[deep breath]...,It began to look like a good idea to score a Fender Deluxe. Lots of sounds that I like on records were, I found out, made using Deluxes. So a few months ago, I lucked into a close-as-dammit-to-museum-condition Deluxe of ‘78 vintage. Being a ‘78, it has, of course, the [gasp] pull-volume. Further research begat a curiosity, thanks to reading stuff written by some guys who are probably keyboard commandos all the way to fellas with impeccable pedigrees. Across the board, there were guys on both ends of the spectrum (around half or so, maybe) opining that pre-‘78, i.e. minus pull-volume, are better sounding Deluxes than latter specimens.Sooo....A couple days ago, I luck into a ‘77-vintage example of the Deluxical persuasion. Not as clean as my ‘78 (few are, in my own experience). Y’know, sometimes you can tell if an amp belonged to a former beer-guzzling monied frat boy who got career serious after university. Their amps see (and experience) stuff from which calm, sober adults tend to shy away. But the battle scars are albeit kinda odd but relatively minimal so there ya go.Thing is that part of lightening the shade of green to my horn is actually something that’s ancient hat to youse guys, and that is the quirkiness of TUBES! CAPS! OTHER TUBE AMP-TYPE STUFF THAT HAS ME EQUALLY BAFFLED!In other words, just coz they’re behaving when you check ‘em out and cough up the cash does NOT mean that they’re gonna STAY that way. The ‘77 did have a tiny bit of very quiet, very occasional static when I fired ‘er up at the fella’s house so I figured it would need addressed at some point. And the pilot light wouldn’t light up, which was a good bargaining chip, if necessary. (It was.) Get ‘er home, push in the tubes, power up, static GONE, with the coincidental bonus of a bright red pilot light. Woohoo!!!!!Meanwhilst, the oh so pristine ‘78, outta no place, began serenading me with a rather loud and relentless hum after I’d been A/B’ing the pair for about an hour. And now the ‘77’s static is back. (Pilot light’s still on, tho’.)Sooo... Looks like they both need to visit my amp-type cat. [sigh]Hope y’all’s respective worlds are beautiful.