So I talked to AE and I need to send my driver back in to get the dustcap reglued on. They are paying for shipping and everything so I am being well taken care of. I just haven't sent it off yet as I am having a hard time parting with my baby. I still have the hum issue. I ordered a mic2200 today for hpf and line boost. I will see what the hum problem is after I get that installed by unplugging everything and adding back components one at a time. I may need to build one of NEODan's diy sheilded rca to xlr cables. I will also get a cheater plug to confirm the hum is a ground loop (I won't leave it with a cheater with a kid in the house).