April 13th, 2012, 12:28 AM
Maybe you guys can help me with this. Both channels on this amp work and produce sweet sound. However...
I get a shhh/water flowing sound noticeably with the normal channel at full volume, and very pronounced with the bright channel as soon as you start turning it up. This happens regardless of whether a guitar is plugged in or not. Here is a video (with no guitar plugged in) so you can hear what I'm saying better:
I'm guessing that I need to ditch the brass plate, isolate the jacks and pots from the chassis, then put all of the input grounds at a single ground point near the input jack... right now i'm following the weber scheme. I have poked around the leads with the chopstick but that didn't seem to impact the background noise.
It almost sounds like television static - maybe I shouldn't have gone with the TV front.
April 13th, 2012, 12:41 AM
my guess is grounding at the pots
April 13th, 2012, 02:32 AM
Yup grounding issue to me. Double check it, is the first filter cap grounding towards the PT? Try and quieten the bzzz with the MM with one prob on ground touching the signal path with the other on the input jacks onwards.
Looks a nice tidy build there :wink:
April 13th, 2012, 10:09 AM
I would describe it more like a shhhh, than a buzz or hum (see vid). I will try the mm thing tonight and also redo the pot grounds and report back. Thank you.
April 13th, 2012, 10:44 AM
Does it happen all the time or just when you fire it up?
My DRRI does the same thing when I first turn it on. Others here said it's just stuff warming up.
April 13th, 2012, 11:08 AM
It doesn't go away over time.
April 13th, 2012, 07:11 PM
i agree that some improvement is possible, no doubt a grounding issue.
However I didn't hear anything unexpected from a 5e3 with the volume maxed out.
YouTube videos leave much to be desired as to sound quality, but again I didn't hear anything out of the ordinary.
We can all pick fly crap out of pepper on one of our builds, but this build looks great and I'll bet it sounds just as good as it looks, personally I wouldn't start tearing it apart just to try and improve it, just play the hell out of it and enjoy, don't drive yourself crazy over something minor as that.
April 14th, 2012, 12:20 PM
Redid pot grounds last night and re-soldered some junctions, didn't seem to help though. I have heard others mention their build is "dead quiet", so I have to assume this isn't normal.
April 14th, 2012, 02:06 PM
Hi. The power section of the build looks good, but didn't really get a solid view of the circuit. Whooshing noise, or white noise, is usually associated with the circuit path resistors (at lease in my experience). The short view of the guts looks like you used 1 watt metal film resistors. Not my personal choice. Grounding issues usually present themselves as a buzz (again, at least in my experience). I've built a pile of 5E3's, and the first thing I'd do is make sure your preamp tubes are all up to snuff. I've found that Sovteks really suck in the 5E3. If the tubes are positively not the issue, I'd consider replacing all of the metal film resistors with 1watt carbon film ones. Not as authentic as AB carbon comps, but the best compromise between warmth and silence. I hope this helps. Like I said, in my 15 year experience building 5E3's, white noise has always been signal path and plate resistors.
April 14th, 2012, 05:05 PM
Hmmm, most should be carbon film, I used the ones that shipped with the Weber kit. That seems like a good lead though, maybe a check of the resistors in the signal path is in order. I can send gutshots if it will help.
April 14th, 2012, 05:18 PM
A gutshot would be great
April 15th, 2012, 11:06 PM
weber sends metal film resistors in their kits. what's odd is i think of metal film being more quiet than carbon film and definitely more quiet than carbon comps. my 5e3 is more quiet than yours. i do get some white noise when fully cranked but not as much as yours. are you using the tubes that shipped in the weber kit? do you have access to some known quiet tubes?
May 19th, 2012, 01:38 AM
- pulled the first tube and the hiss sound goes away
- swapped in a known good tube in V1 (12AX7 from another amp), hiss sound is still there
- reflowed solder connections on the input path around v1, hiss sound still there
- unsoldered tone pot connections, hiss sound is now equal on both channels so it's not a function of the bright channel. it's just more pronounced since there is less bleed off.
...I've done something squirrely with the input grounds. the brass plate ground connections were never solid and I initially had issues with them, so I added a terminal strip and connected some of the brass plate connections to the terminal. The terminal is then grounded at the first preamp filter cap ground. At this point I'm thinking that I need to rule out the grounding scheme. I'll have to re-do it with the preamp grounds connected to the chassis near the first input jack, and the controls isolated. My gut actually tells me that the issue is something else - like maybe a bad resistor or cap, otherwise the MM test would have isolated the issue. Nevertheless....
Thanks for all the support and great info.
June 16th, 2012, 10:19 AM
I originally wired up my jacks as if they were isolated from the chassis. there is a ground wire coming off the speaker jack ground tab to the pt bolt. I need to remove that and see if that loop is causing the noise... Will report back.
June 18th, 2012, 08:16 PM
I am with Powdog here. I have never heard a 'hiss' or white noise that was the result of a grounding issue. Grounding issues usually result in a hum...at 60hz,ime. I also have never heard a 5E3....or any other amp...that was 'dead quiet' with the volumes pumped up to anywhere near the max. Gain equals noise, ime. HIgher gain equals more noise. WHen I turn an amp up, I am busy playing it rather than listening for gain noise. In fact, I expect the amp to benoisier at volume. IFit isn't it won't be producing the gain I am looking for.
Thsi is not to say that your amp is as quiet as it can be, but I think looking at the groudning issues is a dead end. I could be wrong...again...but that is my thought on the issue. I also prefer a 12AY7 in V1 in the 5E3 circuit...jsut like the originals used. Lower gain tube equals less noise...and the amp is plenty 'hot' with a 12AY7, ime.
June 18th, 2012, 10:00 PM
Sounds like the noise floor of the tube. I had a lot of white noise with one tube and swapped it out and the noise was reduced. Try a new tube in the first and the second position.
June 18th, 2012, 10:37 PM
What printer2 said. Try a tube swap
June 18th, 2012, 11:27 PM
Thanks, I am using a 12ay7 in v1.. My known good tube was the 12ax7. Removing the loop wires made it just a little quieter but it could be psychosomatic. I think I will just play it for awhile, it does seem acceptable.
I'm actually really digging the tone and nuance with no pedals at stage volume ... Its the perfect volume next to a drummer in a medium size room.
Its loud as #@$! in my basement :)
June 19th, 2012, 12:40 AM
Not all 12AY7s are made equal.... I've tried a bunch of NOS and used 12AY7s with varying amounts of hiss, mostly unacceptable. I always end up with current production EH 12AY7 in V1 for the least hiss. I use them in my 5e3 and 5f4. I also had a noisy 100k carbon comp plate resistor on my 5f4 that caused a bunch of hiss. I replaced that with a good metal film and the hiss went bye bye.
June 19th, 2012, 01:07 AM
I had some problems with the jacks themselves on my Weber. They were not the best quality and easily bent. Have you tried, one at a time, plugging into all four inputs? If it quiets down when you plug into one of them, it may be a bad switching jack.
December 28th, 2012, 09:46 AM
This sounds very familiar to me from my 5e3, and I started with a star ground. Things that (together) helped dramatically reduce the "shhh": shielded wire, grounded at one end, from input jacks to tube and to volume and tone controls; moving 68k grid stoppers from input jacks to the tube socket; metal film resistors instead of carbon film or carbon comp throughout the preamp; 0.022 mF coupling caps on both channels (not sure why this should help -- outer foil end problem? -- but it reduced both hiss and hum); 100k grid resistor on the phase inverter. A low noise floor tube on the PI also helps - Tung Sols seem quiet.
December 28th, 2012, 10:44 AM
I'm having the same issue with a 5E3 I just finished building last weekend. I guess I don't know what the noise floor should be on these amps, but it is quite a bit louder than any of my other amps. Is there a way to tell what component might be faulty without replacing it?