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Dangcrapit! Just left my board (including a Minstrel tube OD) on for two days!

sstweed

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Including my tube driven Kingsley Minstrel! It was powered on (and covered with a towel) from Tuesday night to late Thursday night because a certain dumba$$ boutique pedal collecting guitarist forgot to flip the switch on the power strip. I usually even go so far as to unplug the strip, but must have gotten distracted this time.

Well, I fired it all up and it sounded great! Opened the back of the Kingsley and nothing looked or smelled hot. May have knocked a little life off the tubes but other than that, this thing appears to be bullet proof. Really a work of art on the inside by the way. The funny thing is the outside of the Strymon El Cap was warmer than the Kingsley!

Thank you Simon for building the Abrams tank of overdrive pedals!
 
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kakev

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Including my tube driven Kingsley Minstrel! It was powered on (and covered with a towel) from Tuesday night to late Thursday night because a certain dumba$$ boutique pedal collecting guitarist forgot to flip the switch on the power strip. I usually even go so far as to unplug the strip, but must have gotten distracted this time.

Well, I fired it all up and it sounded great! Opened the back of the Kingsley and nothing looked or smelled hot. May have knocked a little life off the tubes but other than that, this thing appears to be bullet proof. Really a work of art on the inside by the way. The funny thing is the outside of the Strymon El Cap was warmer than the Kingsley!

Thank you Simon for building the Abrams tank of overdrive pedals!
You might be taking little too seriously, nothing wrong with that though. I would be very surprised (and extremely disappointed qualitywise) if pedals were affected anyway if leaved on for longer periods. Hell, I never swicth off my stereo system and that's even recommended by manufacturer, except
if i'm not home say for weekend, i only put those to standby which is basically same as mute..
 

lux_interior

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The life of preamp tubes is very, very long. Assuming no spikes or surges occured, nothing would happen even if you left it on for years. I've got some Telefunkens and Mullards that have been in gigs since '64 and they still sound fantastic (not my gigs - I wasn't born then :D).
 

sstweed

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Yes the transistor and digital pedals shouldn't care. But leaving a tube driven device on all the time seems like asking for trouble. But maybe not, other than running the tubes a little longer than they needed too. The pedal didn't get any warmer than it does playing a normal evening, even after being on 48 plus hours covered by a towel! I would worry about my tube amp if I did that, but maybe wrongly so? Maybe tube stuff is tougher than I give it credit for.
 

Stratm69

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According to Effectrode, he himself left his Tube Vibe on overnight. After playing it the next day it actually sounded better apparently. I remember reading this on his website a long time ago.
 

sstweed

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lux_interior said:
The life of preamp tubes is very, very long. Assuming no spikes or surges occured, nothing would happen even if you left it on for years. I've got some Telefunkens and Mullards that have been in gigs since '64 and they still sound fantastic (not my gigs - I wasn't born then :D).
I know pre-amp tubes have a pretty long life when treated properly (whatever that means). But turned on and left on for days without rest seemed harsh. But what do I know? Hell for all I know it did them some good. I just envisioned hot warped circuit boards and the like. But it looked like another normal day. Built like a tank, that's how I like stuff. It has modern Tong-sols in it by the way.
 

sstweed

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Ha! Yes I cover them when I leave them out. I'm a single dad, so no wife to nag about them being left on the living room floor for days at a time between gigs. I have three kids and a dog, to much opportunity there for disaster. So rather than run the risk of having my Minstrel doused in chocolate milk, I throw a towel over them if they are going to sit there for a while. They're mounted on a Pedaltrain with a nice hard shell case the rest of the time.
 

UncleLarry

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The life of preamp tubes is very, very long. Assuming no spikes or surges occured, nothing would happen even if you left it on for years. I've got some Telefunkens and Mullards that have been in gigs since '64 and they still sound fantastic (not my gigs - I wasn't born then :D).
Yep, preamp tubes can last for decades. 12xx7-type tubes have been used since the late 40's in radios, PA amps, TVs and other devices which were left on constantly and may still test good today. Power tubes are a different story, especially in guitar amps. Most guitar amps run power tubes way over maximum specified voltages, which is why it is not so good to leave your amp running for extended periods.
 

teleclem

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This is TGP my brother.
Lol

This actually happened to me too (albeit for a day only). I left the house and left the power strip off. But someone decided to watch some movies and plugged in the media player to my powerstrip. Left the powerstrip on. I only noticed when I went in to haul my gear to rehearsals.
 




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