VAC Signature 2a Preamp Question

Before you say, "Dude, there's already a thread posted about this question!" Well, forgive me, I could not find it. This is an inquiry for Signature 2a owners who have the built-in MC/MM phono stage: When the selector is on #6, which is the turntable, I get a background hum and some of what is probably tube rush, and it's especially audible with no music playing with the volume up. When I switch to the DAC setting, with the same volume setting, everything is dead quiet. Do I have a problem or is this normal?

Your feedback is welcome and appreciated,
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I think you have told us. I hear what I think is tube rush! There may be a bad tube in the phono circuit, which BTW can also make humming or other baseline noise. Check your tone arm wires and check the tubes. You can get very quiet tubes from Jim McShane at his website McShane Design over at audio asylum. I have no connection to him other than being a customer.
Thanks everyone, your advice is appreciated. I would normally call Kevin or Brent, but it seems like in my audiophile life, the hum-chasing episodes only happen on the Weekends.

I know you're right, Maril555. With my components in a rack, it's difficult to find much physical separation of the Sig2a from its own power supply, which is one shelf below.

Today, in addition to the hum, I heard crackle and pops, so I went all Sherlock Holmes on my amps and found the bad tube in the right channel mono block that wouldn't take a bias adjustment. Replaced it, rebiased all the tubes, and now the pop and crackle is gone, but the hum is still there, so it's not the Phi 200 mono blocks. Everything is grounded well. It could be tube rush from the phono section tubes (the line stage is quiet). I'll probably call Brent for some advice and buy some really quiet tubes from VAC if necessary.

Almarg, I've been wanting to try shorting caps, so your advice seems well-timed to help find the source of the problem. I'll report back if I encounter some big audio life lesson that I can share!

Thanks again,
"Everything is grounded well. It could be tube rush from the phono section tubes (the line stage is quiet)."

In case you missed it, read my post from yesterday.
I can save your time and effort- I've had that EXACT same problem, called Kevin, and that's what he advised me to do- move PS away from the control unit. By doing so, you will get rid of 90% of the hum. And that is THE ONLY solution. I even played with some additional shielding with m- metal, no difference.
You are right saying, that switching to MM will likely alleviate the hum. But for a different reason.
It has to do with the SUT in the MC section picking up EMI from the PS, and not with the higher gain of the MC input.