Well I listened to V2 again today and it was quiet as a mouse. No popping, hissing, or distortion. I am kinda baffled but perhaps that is the nature of tubes. I am very new to tube rolling so I am not sure what to expect out of old tubes or tube rolling in general except what more experience members here tell me. I did receive a reply from the seller and he wrote the following, which I am posting to see if some of our experienced members here agree with what he told me to do: Here is his reply: "It is SUPER important to clean the pins as explained in the instructions. 90 % of the time this cures that problem. If not, wait 50 hours for the tube to burn in. I will not hold you to any time frame for return on these so don't worry about that. I just want you to be happy. Please let me know if the pin scraping helps. If not, after the tubes are warmed up, a firm thwacking with your finger can help sometimes with micro debris on the control grids. You hold the backside of the tube with one finger to support and thwack the tube firmly. Sounds kinda funny but is can solve the problem as well. So in order, 1. scrape the pins, 2. Let the tube burn in for 50 hours, 3 Thwack the tube. If it works, I will extend the money back guarantee for an additional 90 days. If this does not alleviate the problem, we can replace or refund you all of the money you paid." Just wanted to know from the more experience members and tube rollers here if that sounds right as I am new to the whole tube rolling thing.