Mark IV having issues

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Mark IV having issues

Post by steeldragonjovi » Tue May 13, 2014 1:25 pm

Hey all,

My Mark IV has been acting rather odd for a while. A few months ago (I haven't been home much to play it since I'm away for school), the amp completely fused out. I replaced the fuse and have been running it on a lower power setting, but, overtime, I noticed that the amp takes about 10 minutes to turn on and come to complete volume. Another issue is a large amount of crackling and hissing that's occurring. I've tried dealing with the tubes and such, but I'm not having any luck in identifying what is going on. Has anyone come across this before?

Thanks.

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Re: Mark IV having issues

Post by ryjan » Tue May 13, 2014 2:09 pm

Replace the tubes.
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Re: Mark IV having issues

Post by Authorized Boogie » Tue May 13, 2014 2:10 pm

The fuse acts as a protection device and typically blows when you have a shorting power tube (or rectifier tube in amps that have them). You say you've tried dealing with the tubes, but what does that mean?

Have you tried replacing the power tubes? What type of preamp tube troubleshooting have you done? The more info you can provide the better we can find a solution. Thanks!
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Re: Mark IV having issues

Post by steeldragonjovi » Tue May 13, 2014 2:20 pm

Authorized Boogie wrote:The fuse acts as a protection device and typically blows when you have a shorting power tube (or rectifier tube in amps that have them). You say you've tried dealing with the tubes, but what does that mean?

Have you tried replacing the power tubes? What type of preamp tube troubleshooting have you done? The more info you can provide the better we can find a solution. Thanks!
I saw a video Mesa posted about helping to identify tube issues. You can tap the tubes and they make a ringing noise. Nothing happened when I did that. I even swapped the power tubes out for new ones and still nothing. I haven't gone through and replaced all preamp tubes at the same time, but I did rotate a new tube for each spot. Perhaps, it's all of them?

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Re: Mark IV having issues

Post by Authorized Boogie » Tue May 13, 2014 2:41 pm

steeldragonjovi wrote:
Authorized Boogie wrote:The fuse acts as a protection device and typically blows when you have a shorting power tube (or rectifier tube in amps that have them). You say you've tried dealing with the tubes, but what does that mean?

Have you tried replacing the power tubes? What type of preamp tube troubleshooting have you done? The more info you can provide the better we can find a solution. Thanks!
I saw a video Mesa posted about helping to identify tube issues. You can tap the tubes and they make a ringing noise. Nothing happened when I did that. I even swapped the power tubes out for new ones and still nothing. I haven't gone through and replaced all preamp tubes at the same time, but I did rotate a new tube for each spot. Perhaps, it's all of them?
Tapping tubes will only test for microphonics.

Did you swap out both pairs of power tubes with a new pair?

Tot trouble shoot the preamp tubes, take a new/known good 12AX7 and swap it into each preamp position, one position at a time. Test the amp in-between each swap to pin-point the tube that is potentially causing the issue.

Also, run a simple patch cable from the fx send to the fx return. If this helps, it indicates that the jacks need to cleaned - as they carry signal when nothing is plugged in. Simply spray contact cleaner on the tip of a 1/4" cable and excecise the jack 4-5 times.

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Re: Mark IV having issues

Post by ReverbIsANoun » Sun May 18, 2014 6:28 pm

steeldragonjovi wrote:Hey all,

My Mark IV has been acting rather odd for a while. A few months ago (I haven't been home much to play it since I'm away for school), the amp completely fused out. I replaced the fuse and have been running it on a lower power setting, but, overtime, I noticed that the amp takes about 10 minutes to turn on and come to complete volume. Another issue is a large amount of crackling and hissing that's occurring. I've tried dealing with the tubes and such, but I'm not having any luck in identifying what is going on. Has anyone come across this before?

Thanks.
Very typical of a tube amp that doesn't get turned on on a regular basis.

Try turning the amp ON, but leave it in STANDBY for an hour or 2. You might vigorously twist all the knobs back and forth while the amp is in standby. I'll bet you'll experience a lot less problems.

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