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Thread: Tube Amp First aid kits?

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    I guess that these days, it's less a necessity to carry first aid kits when there are modern alternatives, such as pedal-sized backup amps and direct boxes that let you plug right into the PA. That said, I'm sure most guys would rather have a set of spare tubes to resurrect an amp with a problem than make the sound compromises that the alternative solutions entail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spellcaster View Post
    I guess that these days, it's less a necessity to carry first aid kits when there are modern alternatives, such as pedal-sized backup amps and direct boxes that let you plug right into the PA. That said, I'm sure most guys would rather have a set of spare tubes to resurrect an amp with a problem than make the sound compromises that the alternative solutions entail.
    I've plugged into the PA..................yuck,no fun there.
    Spare tubes are easy to pack in the back of the amp.

    JJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammin'John View Post
    I've plugged into the PA..................yuck,no fun there.
    Spare tubes are easy to pack in the back of the amp.

    JJ
    I'm not really getting this thread. Other than a stupid accident like the one I had, I have never had a tube go on a gig. I've had amps break down on a gig, but that just meant it was time for some serious surgery, not a tube replacement. And if a fuse goes, that has always (in my experience) meant that there is something inside that needs replacing (and NOT a tube). New tubes make an amp sound better, but I have never had a tube pop like a light-bulb, on a gig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doublewah View Post
    I have never had a tube pop like a light-bulb, on a gig.
    If definitely does happen though!

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    I've had a speaker blow,a preamp tube go microphonic (yes it still works but it sounds awful),a power tube short out,a rectifier stop working.
    They don't pop like lightbulbs.
    That's a funny amp story doublewah.
    Murphy's Law,if it can happen,it will happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammin'John View Post
    I've had a speaker blow,a preamp tube go microphonic (yes it still works but it sounds awful),a power tube short out,a rectifier stop working.
    They don't pop like lightbulbs.
    That's a funny amp story doublewah.
    Murphy's Law,if it can happen,it will happen.

    JJ
    Yes, I do remember preamp tubes going microphonic, now that you mention it. It's been a long time, so I guess I should be grateful for my (current) good luck.

    And when I've had power tubes short out, they've taken out the whole socket, and it was time for a trip to my amp repair guy. That's what I mean about it not being an "on the gig" tube-replacement kind of thing. Same thing if the rectifier goes (and most of the amps I've owned have had SS rectifiers).

    Now, maybe we should be asking "Do you bring a soldering iron and a tube SOCKET to the gig?".

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    When the power tube went I simply replaced it.
    When the rectifier went I did the same.
    Your amps probably run at much higher voltages than my tweeds especially if you run SS rectifiers {yuk}
    I never run them.

    JJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammin'John View Post
    When the power tube went I simply replaced it.
    When the rectifier went I did the same.
    Your amps probably run at much higher voltages than my tweeds especially if you run SS rectifiers {yuk}
    I never run them.

    JJ
    Hey, I didn't say I "run" SS rectifiers. They came with the amp.
    But I do like my production-run 90s Carvin and Peavey amps, and that's what they got.

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    Now that I have seen the ElectroHarmonix Magnum 44, here is what I have to say here...

    Forget the spare tubes. Save the repairs for home or shop. Put a Traynor Quarterhorse or a EHX Magnum 44 in your "first aid kit".

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    well that would be the only backup if a tube goes- plug in somewhere else!

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