I´m new in the forum and new with my just bought used Maz 8. Amazing! But if I turn up the CUT control in pentode mode I get background noise (too much), it acts almost like a gain switch. I tried with other EL 84, but nothing. Is that normal?
I wouldn't call it a problem as such but there is a noticeable amount of background hiss in pentode mode, particularly if the cut is up. However, I've never found it to cause any real problems in either live or recording situations.
I´ve been using it only at home, and in that situation, playing low, the background hiss seems to me quite noticeble. But I suppose that when I am playng in small to medium sized gigis and turn up volume and master, I won´t hear the hiss and will enjoy this amazing sound.