Originally Posted by heavyduty
The finish of the Tube should not be rubbing off, period. As far as the Tube aging because of this, that will not happen, specifically because of the materials the Tubes are constructed off.
You have two options, return the Tube to the original retailer or call Customer Service at 1-800-THE-TUBE. Ideally, your first call should be to Customer Service that way the serial number of the Tube can be traced back to what, if any problems there may have been when the Tube was manufactured, and if there was not any problems, at least this incident can be recorded.
Well, as long as the tube will not fall apart, I'll just keep it. The return policy of the place I got it from is to not pay for return postage and they will only resend the replacement after recieving the tube I send in. Which translates into going another 2-3 weeks without the tube I paid $240 for already a week ago.
I didn't buy through Amazon, because I read on these forums about unauthorized resellers. But, Amazon's return policy is unbeatable. I will be getting my slave unit (BT1014) trough Amazon. The extra $15-$25 is worth it, with the 3 day delivery and free delivery for a return. The problem really appears to be either this tube is quite old or was exposed to tremendous heat, since moisture would have appeared on the box.
I don't care about looks, I care about results, and hands down, this BTA10250D is F*&#ING AMAZING!!!! ^_^
I have the High Pass filter on my head unit blocking everything above 125hz from all of my speakers except the Bazooka and it handles everything perfect from my Christian Rock to Country, to Pop, to K-Pop and J-Pop. And, when I play my heavier bass stuff from Eminem to Nicki Minaj, it sounds great! Zero distortion even with the gain turned up 100% at my head unit and on the tube. Even at high volume.
I'll be getting the slave unit, just to go over-the top.
If anyone owns a Kia sedan or something similar, with an aftermarket head unit and factory speakers, the BTA10250D will be perfect! ^_^
I do keep one seat folded down. But, I have always done that.