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I have a electro harmonix freedom amp that is crackling,distorted, and playing at very low volume. I tested speaker, it"s fine and battery is fairly new. Any idea whats wrong?

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  • pat love Jan 18, 2013

    thanks for the info, i'm not a tec guy so i took it to someone who is, no prognosis yet.

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go back in and find where the electrolitic capacitors connect to the board. They look kind of like a battery. One or both of them have broken loose from the main board, preventing any significant current from going to the output transformer, and causing overload. This is a common problem, and it does not take much rough handling to cause it.
where the break is is at the solder connection. Under a magnifying glass, the break will look like a little circle. Float fresh solder on that or any other large solder joints which may be cracked or broken.
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i got d same problm. i fixed it myself.. check all the op amp ic's if they're all gud. if youre not sure, replace all 4 rc4558 ic's. in my case, i still felt a very small output signal from my pedal (equalizers, vol n gain ctrls r gud since they vary when i change the setting) so i suspected that one or 2 of my ic's were damaged. i only replace d last two op amps which my signal passes thru. i also had this problm with my marshall drive master. same diagnosis and solution. check your schematics

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It sounds like a job for a technician. There are high voltages in the chasis and the potential for a serious shock to the unwary. 

That said, I can suggest several possibilities.

First, make sure the controls aren't causing the problem. Contacts can build up dirt and oxides and block the signal. Try twiddling the controls and see if the problem comes and goes, or if you hear scratchy noises. If symptoms are found, buy a contact cleaner spray, take out the chasis after unplugging and letting it set for an hour, being very careful not to touch any exposed conductors inside. You'll see some holes in the control bodies; squirt cleaner for 2-5 seconds and work the controls.
Also see if the problem happens without the footswitch, and try the channel switches several times - same problem, dirt and oxidation.

Other possibilities - cathode bypass capacitors drying up, and it looks like the amp uses some opto-couplers at various stages. 

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if this a tube amp then your tubes might be going bad. but if it is a solid state amp then im not to sure whats going on.

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okay so buzzing noise. i have seen this once before. the extension cord feeding a power strip with two amps plugged in and powered on off of a low amp electrical outlet with fluorescent lights overhead.......try running only one power unit off of the electrical outlet you are using, just one straight into the wall with the lights out. if you still hear it i wonder if the output transformer is starting to go south. if you listen close sometimes you can hear the buzz of a transformer powered on, example: you can hear the buzz of a power transformer on a power pole in peak hours. tubes usually make hisssing, crackling type noises. next would be to tap on the tubes while in play with an orange stick or pencil eraser to listen for microphics or the tapping itself thru the speakers. if you hear with out a doubt change them.

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