A word on amps...

Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by Dr Improbable, May 22, 2019.

  1. Dr Improbable

    Dr Improbable Squier-holic

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    Despite how happy I am now, I still someday want a Peavey Bandit. I want something I cannot break!;)
     
  2. RetiredNSquired

    RetiredNSquired Squier-Nut

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    Aw, c'mon! We all know ANYTHING can be broken. Some things ya just gotta try a little harder!
     
  3. Matt Shevell

    Matt Shevell Squier-Meister

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    “ Fenders are hard to break”- Pete Townsend

    But I guess for amps you’re right, those old solid state Peaveys were tough
     
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  4. duceditor

    duceditor Dr. Squier

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    My experience is that amps rarely break, but that they can be broken.

    Beat 'em too hard. Physically that is. Put side torsion (or just give a hard slap) onto a plugged in cable. Yank the AC cable out by just that -- the cable. Slam 'em down hard in the trunk of a car -- or just leave them there with the sun beating on the deck. There are all sorts of abuse that can bust 'em.

    But just by use? Apart from tubes wearing out -- no more unexpected than a car eventually needing new tires -- I've experienced little of this in my now about 60 years of playing thru them. (I currently own just about a dozen.)

    Have others?

    -don
     
  5. Afrika61

    Afrika61 Squier-Nut

    Townsend said that? Mind you, it's not unlike Einstiens quote "I have no doubt that the isn't the slightest possibility whatsoecer of obtaining energy from the atom in any form",...:D
     
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  6. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

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    As far as breakage is concerned, I've very few cases of that happening..But things will wear out..Pre-amp tubes more than power tubes..And the electrolytic capacitors need replacing after a while..Resistors will drift..etc..It doesn't really matter ss or tubes they all wear out..
     
  7. Conghaille

    Conghaille Squier-Nut

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    Amps are more like cars than TVs. By that I mean that if you treat an amp like a tv—simply use it whenever you want and nothing more, it’ll give up in some respect at some point. If you treat it like a car—do regular maintenance and repairs before small problems get big (and don’t drive it into a wall)—then it can perform for a very long time.

    The only amps I’ve seen straight up break under normal, proper use were very cheap amps with surface mount pots and jacks. Even that’s rare.
     
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  8. drewcp

    drewcp Squier-holic

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    In my experience, an Envoy is just as good as a Bandit, and slightly smaller (10 inch speaker), usually cheaper too.
     
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  9. Dr Improbable

    Dr Improbable Squier-holic

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    It was actually a joke. Well done.
     
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  10. wonkenstein

    wonkenstein Squier-holic

    Feb 3, 2017
    NH
    But the cigar box guitar got a boo boo.
     
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  11. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

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    Envoy is great. No effects loop but they do sound really good.
     
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  12. Smith357

    Smith357 Squier-Meister

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    My friend broke my Peavey Bandit, it was in his back seat when I totaled his car, broke the cab and the speaker and sheared off a few knobs.
     
  13. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

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    Should be covered under warranty then.
     
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  14. Conghaille

    Conghaille Squier-Nut

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    Might also be covered by renters/homeowners/auto insurance.
     
  15. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

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    I'm sry Sir. Your amp was not wearing a seat belt. I use to buckle mine up when I went to practice.
     
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  16. DrBeGood

    DrBeGood Squier-holic

    Dec 9, 2014
    Sutton QC, CANADA
    Wait ...

    Your friend broke your amp when YOU totalled his car ? Talk about an eye for an eye !
     
  17. Smith357

    Smith357 Squier-Meister

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    Sorry I typed that wrong, he crashed his car with my amp in the back. Doh! and this was long before the Bandit was a sought after amp.
     
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  18. Dr Improbable

    Dr Improbable Squier-holic

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    I buckle my amps in like a snug baby...
     
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  19. wildelectric

    wildelectric Squier-Meister

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    I still have my first real amp - a pawn find Randall RG80ES used in a short lived high school grunge/ Melvins ripoff band.

    It still sounds fantastic. Nothing has been done to service it since it's purchase in 1991. Not a thing. Other than having a worn out and never used reverb spring, the worst that can be said is that it's grimy but has outlived two cabs and a jackass teenager's abuse.

    Long live the solid states. ;)
     
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  20. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

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    I never tie my gear down when traveling..That makes me a safer driver..
     
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