First up, you'll have to excuse my ignorance when it comes to bass amps, I'm a effects pedal kind of guy.
I'm getting a funny smell coming from what seems to be the transformer (the big round thing?) in my Hartke 3500 head while its running. I noticed it while playing this morning, I can't recall having smelt it beforehand. I'm not pushing the amp hard at all, its sitting in my bedroom being used as a practice amp. I'm running it with a 4 ohm cab btw.
I pulled the cover off the amp to have a look around and couldn't see anything burnt or out of place. It does seem that the smell is coming from the transformer though, that's where it smells strongest. The transformer also crackles a bit when when the amp is warming up and cooling down. No sparks or anything like that, lol. It sounds sort of like rice bubbles crackling, but slower.
Is that normal? I can only notice it when the cover is off the amp. I'm not prepared to go any further than just having a look around though, I know when I'm out of my league.
It doesn't sound any different, it still behaves the same as before. But the smell seems to be new. Its not a really strong smell, but its strong enough for the fan to pump it out of the amp and into my nose about a metre away...
Any suggestions? Do I just rock it for a while and see what happens? Take it to a tech? Admit myself to a mental facility, realizing its all in my head?