Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Longmont, Colorado
Re: Can climate screw up an amp?
They are probably fine, as long as you let the amp warm up to room temperature slowly before plugging it in.
I have found out that cats can blow up amps! One of my cats got into my open back cabinet and unhooked one of the speakers. Probably would have been fine running at 8 ohms through a 16 ohm speaker but the 2 wires were hanging there and occassionally touching (shorting), took me a while to find the problem why my amp was cutting out. I plugged the speaker back in and used the amp for a few days, then one of the tubes arced. I put the old set of tubes in and within a few minutes one of them arced too. So, the shorting wires stressed the power tube circuit (tranny is fine) until they finally arced across the sockets. Unfortunately it is a Trace Elliot and the tube sockets are all PCB mounted. So, given the time it would take to pull all the sockets off the pcb and check the other components, I spent $125 on what seems to be the last power tube board in existence for a SpeedTwin 100. I'll rebuild my old board at my leisure, but figured I shouldn't pass on the new one. Now, $60 or so for a new set of tubes and I'll be back in business.
Yes, the cat is still alive, we have 4 and I'm not sure which one did it although I know one that wouldn't do that, another that most likely wouldn't, that leaves 2 as suspects.... (I wouldn't hurt the cats, they are pretty much our kids, yell at them occasionally, yes, hurt them, no).