How to repair Wangs Tube Guitar amp Excessive tube current strange issue
This amp was shipped to D-lab with a unique problem. Output tubes running hot, distorted output. A very nicely built amp, super nice eyelet board, excellent solder job, however poor quality tube sockets caused a major issue. I plan to change all sockets with Belden type, plus re-tube completely. At first I was stumped, then lucky for me, with a little poking around, the defect revealed itself. So as you can see, beware of this type ceramic tube socket. They look pretty, shiny, some have gold plated pins, however it appears that longevity is not one of their strong points. Tube amps back in the day are still running with their stock sockets. If you want your hand built amp to enjoy the same or close life span, spend a little extra upfront. I normallyuse clean NOS sockets, but if I need to purchase new, I go with Belden Micalex. The Tubedepot,com sells them at a very good price with quantity discounts.