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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-09-2004, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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Is my poor combo fried???

About a month ago I decided to test the famous phrase "You haven't heard a Marshall until you raise the volume up to 10" on my AVT150 combo. I selected the OD2 channel, raised the Gain to 10, the channel volume to 10, and finally the master volume to 10. I played for something like ten seconds and then I started sensing this funny smell like something was burning... It obviously came from the amp and I turned it off immediately realising just how much of a jacka$$ I am . I didn't play for a couple of days and then when I started again I always kept the volume at low levels. The amp sounded just fine and it still does today even if I raise the volume a tad more than the usual "home practicing" level. However, I can still smell a faint burnt smell coming from the speaker (but not from the circuit air socket).

Although as I said the amp seems to have suffered no tonal change after the incident (I'm not a judge anyway), I am afraid it may explode or something if in the future I try to raise the volume past a certain level. ANyone has any idea of what may have happened to the amp and if it's repairable or if it's no problem at all? I have no idea.

This combo can also be combined with an additional speaker which is sold separately and I don't have of course. Suposedly that's the only way to unleash the full power of the amp and at the moment I failed to realise that was a good reason not to turn the master to the max. I just thought, if the volume goes up to 10, it means I can try it! Stupid, stupid, stupid....

ANyway I hope you guys can tell me the consequences of my lame behaviour and if I should send it to the tech or not.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-09-2004, 03:36 PM
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I think the phrase refers to tube amps...
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-10-2004, 03:12 AM
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Most definately tube amps!

However, your amp would not go up to a level that would damage it. I suspect that the smell is just due to the increased heat produced by going up to that volume. I doubt it has done any harm.
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tube amp , tube amps

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