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Amps at full volume?

Discussion in 'Amps/Cabs Tech Corner: Amplifier, Cab & Speakers' started by corn husk bag, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. corn husk bag

    corn husk bag Silver Supporting Member

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    Hello,
    Is it OK to run an amp at full volume? The amps I am referring to are as follows;

    Silvertone 1482
    53 Tweed Champ
    40s Orpheus (no model number)

    Kind Regards,
    Steve
     
  2. john l

    john l Supporting Member

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    I do it all the time. If an amps in good shape then rock out but if its not then pushing an amp hard has a tendency to make bad or weak components show themselves
     
  3. willc68

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    The only amp that I have on your list is the 1482 and I have run it full open many times with nary a problem.
    My 1481 is almost always run full volume and I think that is close to a Champ circuit.
    The only problem I get when running my amps on 10 is from my wife.
     
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    TweeDLX Member

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    It's a bit harder on the output tubes, but otherwise no real problem.
     
  5. pdf64

    pdf64 Member

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    Consider that the line supply voltage is about 10% higher than these things were designed for; that equates to 20% higher power dissipation. Therefore all else being equal, things will run hotter.
    Are these amps properly earthed?
    Does that 40s amp have a power transformer, ie is it an AC/DC type amp which derives the B+ directly from the line?
    Best to get a tech to check these things over, there could be plently of mission, even safety, critical items on the verge of failure.
    Speakers are likely to be a weak point, the old glues tend to dry out and the joints fall apart.
    Pete.
     
  6. teemuk

    teemuk Member

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    It will stress them more. Some amps can take it, some amps can't.
     

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