Tube Amp is arriving on Sunday

Discussion in 'Amp-a-ridifiers' started by jbrowning, Jan 3, 2020.

  1. jbrowning

    jbrowning Squier-Nut

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    Well, I just ordered the Monoprice 15W amp from Amazon and it will be delivered to me on Sunday.


    After taxes and shipping ordering it from Monoprice or Amazon was a few dollars difference and Amazon can get it to me on Sunday where as Monoprice would be sometime next week.

    Jim
     

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  2. Eddie

    Eddie Squier-Axpert

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    Hollah ! Let us know how it sounds. :)
     
  3. RoyalWe

    RoyalWe Squier-holic

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    Welcome to the club!
     
  4. jbrowning

    jbrowning Squier-Nut

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    Where can I go to learn what the do's and dont's are for using a Tube Amp? I've never used one before in my life.
     
  5. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

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    Just plug it in, let it warm up, and play away. Adjust controls to your liking and enjoy. The tubes in the back will get hot so be careful and don't burn yourself.
     
  6. SubSailer671

    SubSailer671 Squier-Nut

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    It will be packed with a do's and don'ts document. Short answer is to follow a couple of simple things, every time.

    1. Let the amp warm up for a little while (a minute or so) before you use it. This lets the heater elements in the tubes come up to temp.
    2. Let the amp cool down for a little while before subjecting it to vibe and knocks (e.g., don't move it or kick it) after use. I always wait 10 minutes or so. This is because the tube filaments are most fragile when warm.
    3. Turn the volume all the way down before connecting a guitar cable.

    Lastly, play the hell out of it. The speaker needs some exercise before it sounds great.
     
  7. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

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  8. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Squier-holic

    Tube amps are quite primitive by today's standards, and are quite rugged. There aren't many "don'ts". Don't put a running one on the edge of the bathtub while you're bathing is the main one.

    I do recommend having at least a spare 12AX7 and a spare pair of EL84s. That way if a tube decides to quit on you while you're in the middle of something, you can get going fairly quickly. Tubes are a little like incandesdescent light bulbs that way.
     
  9. SquierTap

    SquierTap Squier-holic

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    Congrats! I got mine about 2 months ago, and it quickly replaced my Boss Katana as my main amp... It's GREAT for clean Fender-y sounds, and overdrive (the tubes, of course) but it REALLY surprised me when I started pluggin gain pedals into it... My Joyo Ultimate Drive, and EVEN my old MetalZone sound GREAT through it!


    Like @RoyalWe said, welcome to "The Mighty Mono" society, lol...
     
  10. fuelish

    fuelish Squier-Nut

    Dunno how the Mono amps are built, but a "don't" would be, don't turn it on if it's not connected to a speaker. If the speaker is hardwired, have at it. If the speaker needs to plug in the back, make sure it is. Have never turned on a tube amp without a speaker load, but, 'tis what I've heard.
     
  11. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

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    Rule number one-------Crank the volume control as far as it will go then remove the knob and throw it away..:):):):rolleyes:
     
  12. jbrowning

    jbrowning Squier-Nut

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    Well, where else am I going to practice at??? :D

    Any idea of why the speaker would be disconnected?
     
  13. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Squier-holic

    Looks great Jim. I hope it turns out to be a great little amp.
     
  14. jbrowning

    jbrowning Squier-Nut

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    Thanks, the amps I'm using now is a Mustang 3 at home and a Mustang 2 at work. They are good amps but not really what I'm wanting.
     
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  15. squierTony

    squierTony Dr. Squier

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    Best rule ever...
     
  16. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Squier-holic

    It won't be. He didn't know that the speaker is wired in without a plug/socket in this amp.
     
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  17. jbrowning

    jbrowning Squier-Nut

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    Ok, I wasn't sure if I was suppose to unplug the speaker when I wasn't using it. :confused:
     
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  18. LOSTVENTURE

    LOSTVENTURE Squier-Nut

    I might mention that some amps are shipped with the tubes packaged separately. If this is the case, be sure that you match the "key" pin to the receptacle slot correctly. Not a lot of force should be needed.
     
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  19. jefffam

    jefffam Dr. Squier

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    Good thoughts, ideas, recommendations and funnies nso far. To expand on what @SubSailer671 said, I personally wait until the amp is stone cold before moving. It takes a bit of planning and is sometimes not possible, but as he said, tube filaments are most fragile hot/warm. I had a late 50's Silvertone , with the original tubes or very old replacements. Never had a tube go bad.


    I traded it to Ray Ybarra @Strato67 [an older member that used to be here] (mistake trading it away) and while he has flirted with selling it, the last I knew he was still using it. I do think he changed the tubes for a different sound, but not for tube failure.
     
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  20. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Squier-holic

    These amps arrive with the tubes installed, but 12AX7 tubes don't have a key, they have only 9 pins in a 10 pin pattern... one missing.
     
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