#1
I have a DSL 401 i've had for a couple years with no problems. Recently when I play for 10-15 minutes the sound immediately goes VERY quiet. The overdrive is still there its just very quiet (I think that means pre-amp is ok but power amp having issues?). The harder I push the amp the faster it does this to me and it won't fix itself until I turn it on for a while. I've used some extra fans blowing into the back and stuff to see if it was overheating and nothing seems to work. Also I just put in new tubes and it was having this problem and before and after the tube switch so I know its not the tubes...


Any ideas?
#2
It could have been old ubes before and a dud now. But that's not really likely. Pull out the chassis and look for burned out caps, fuses, etc.
#3
Did you actually replace the power tubes, or the preamp tubes?
If you did, do what mcrfobtai said and look for some fidgety components.
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#5
^dark arbiter has come back!where the **** were you

sorry thtas my only contribution to this thread

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Yeh the SICK! bit sounds a bit stupid.

#6
Yeah, it sounds like a tube problem to me... but we still need to know which tubes you replaced.
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#7
Replaced all 8... Pre-amp and Power-amp tubes... problem existed the same before... thats why I replaced them... 1. I'd had this a couple years without putting new tubes in and 2. it was having this issue. Tubes did not change it at all...
#8
Have you checked all connections, guitar to amp and the speaker cables from amp to cab?

I suspect it's your amp's input jack if you've replaced all tubes and you're still having problems.
#9
Cable could be the cause, too.
Also, do you use any pedals powered by batteries? B/c when the battery in my Bad Monkey dies, it kind of cuts off the signal...
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#10
Sounds like a resistor in the power supply has a bad solder joint. When you play for a while, it heats up and disconnects and your volume dies. Higher volume means more heat so it dies more quickly.
I'd pull the chassis and get it up on some blocks with a fan blowing into it, then see if it does the same thing. If it takes longer to die or doesn't at all, then you need to check your B+ supply resistors.
If you haven't pulled a chassis before, google safety procedures before you do anything just so you're aware of what's dangerous and what's not.