For the first time in a week or so, I turned on my tube amp just like any other person would. Recently I discovered the X-pattern for my Boss NS-2 paired with my Ibanez Tubescreamer which I have used for the past month or so.

I set up all the cables as you should, but when I turned up the volume to about 2-3 (minimum hearing level) a loud "lightning" batch of ear rape came out of the amp.

My friend and I checked and rechecked the cables making sure they went in the right spots and everything, and it all seemed to check out fine. Then, a couple minutes later when we tried it again, nothing was wrong.

My question: What the hell was the ear rape I experienced? My only explanation is that one of the cables was in the wrong spot, which led to some problems. Any help?