Putt-putting sound or motorboating

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In an amplifier that has ever worked correctly once, motorboating is almost always a signal that the decoupling capacitors in the B+ lines of the preamp section are going high impedance, not decoupling properly. Replace the B+ decoupling capacitors at least for the preamp. Since the other capacitors are old, also, consider replacing ALL of the electrolytic capacitors in the amp (doing a cap job - see the Tube Amp FAQ at http://www.eden.com/~keen for info on the what and why of cap jobs.)