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Have You Ever Blown an Amplifier or a Speaker?


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I have blown two in my time.

 

A new 30 Watt Jade amplifier. I blew the speaker within 2 weeks of buying it while jamming with my cousin. It was on about 9 at the time.

 

An old 100w Bass valve amp head, with my university band. Dont recall the brand. It was nasty and smoky. I think we cooked one of the valve sockets.

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8 years ago, the ancient reverb springs(coils?) in my '65 Univox 105w 4ch. reverb amp laid one on top of another.(amp behind me, below)

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It not only blew the amp head, it literally melted the insulation OFF of half the wiring inside my 30th. Anniversary Plain Top..........burned up a volume pot, a tone pot, and my 3-way switch.

It shocked me almost unconcious............but stunned as I was, I yanked the lead cable from the head, and then the wallplug.

It cost $150 to have my LP rewired, and new electronics installed (oddly though, it didn't damage the p'ups (Bill Lawerence "circuitboard" type).

The amp is in my attic, needing a complete rebuild, it blew 2 of the 4 6L6's & several of the 8 EL-84's, melted several sockets, and literally turned the reverb coils into bb sized pellets.

I won't give up on this amp, or sell it EVER, it was given to me by a dear friend, just weeks before he passed from Agent Orange Cancer.........(God Bless you Steve!)

 

I guess all this means..........yeah! i've blown 1.

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2 yrs. ago, I had a Fender Frontman 60w solid state combo short out while playing it.............

remembering what happened with the Univox, I yanked the lead cable from the guitar IMMEDIATELY.........

no damage to the guitar this time (My Flying-V) but the power chassis in the amp had several fried components.

 

The amp sat for almost 2 years, until I bought a Blackstar head that needed a speaker cab.......

I looked inside, & WOW the old Frontman had a 12" generic Jensen in it!

after completely removing the power chassis, installing a rear input jack, making a new grill cover frame (2 1/4" taller) and re-covering it with Vintage cloth from That Vintage Sound ...............this is the final product.

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I couldn't believe how great this head/cab match sounded............

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When I was a teen, I had a Fender Deluxe II and later on I also ended up with a silverface Deluxe. The Deluxe II had it's own overdrive section but the silverface Deluxe sounded fatter so I had the bright idea of using the speaker out from the Deluxe II and plugging it into the Deluxe so I could use the overdrive section of the Deluxe II and use the Deluxe for it's fatter tone. It sounded great for about a minute until the output transformer on the Deluxe II popped and smoked. Never occurred to me to try and swap the speakers... Lesson learned early on.

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A couple of speakers. I purchased a "house brand" (from Terminal Music in NYC) 15" solid state to play keyboards through. Picked up a "buzz" about 6 months after I got it. "Buzz" turned out to be a tear in the speaker. Replace it with a used Tremolux. The second was a 12" in a used "hand made" PA system (one 12" speaker per cabinet). Went to Lafayette electronics and purchased 2 JBL 12"s and replaced 'em both (16 screws 4 wires, 2 person job, maybe 1/2 hour).

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Lafayette electronics

 

Wow! I haven't thought about Lafayette Electronics in a long time! I remember going to the one on Rt. 1 in Lawrenceville when I was a kid and my father bought my brother and I a set of walkie talkies. Later, it became a Capital Lighting store and I worked there for several years.

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Wow! I haven't thought about Lafayette Electronics in a long time! I remember going to the one on Rt. 1 in Lawrenceville when I was a kid and my father bought my brother and I a set of walkie talkies. Later' date=' it became a Capital Lighting store and I worked there for several years.[/quote']

 

Syosset had a warehouse with a store and an outlet (scratch,dent,oneofakind).. Borrow a car or bum a ride with friends/parents.. The PA amp we used was a Lafayette clone of a Bogen, bought at Lafayette and assembled by idiots. (That's what the guitar player's brother, an electrician, called us).

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