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Using tube amps in the cold....


Larsson

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Hey,

 

so me and my band have got the opotunity to record for free, for a guy who needs it to get into university.

 

However his studio is outside in a kinda shed thing...

So i was wondering if there is a minimum temperature to use my Marshall DSL50 at, atm it is around 10 degrees where i live.

 

feedback appreciated,

 

Cheers,

 

Larsson

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It'll be fine. If the amp sits in the cold for a while before you fire it up, I recommend heating up the tubes gradually though. I don't know it's actually a problem or not, but I always think about coffee pots when you go from one that's hot to rinsing it off and there's a chance that the glass could crack.

 

Where my band rehearses, the heat is off all week until about an hour before we practice. I keep a cheap hair dryer there so I can blow hot air over the tubes (from a distance - don't want to heat them too fast) just to bring them up in temperature from really cold to around room temperature.

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yeh would there be a problem with my guitar from just going from the car into the shed and start playing?

 

Pulling your guitar out of a toasty-warm case into the really cold can cause numerous problems from finish checking, all the way to more serious issues like wood cracking...

 

Let the case and guitar sit for a while to equalize the temperature.

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