New Tube Amp smell???

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  1. jam10

    jam10 Member

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    I just bought a new Blues Junior Tweed a few days ago and I plugged it in for the first time today and after about 5 minutes of playing I noticed a slight burning smokey smell with little bit of haze that only lasted a few minutes. The amp still sounded great and there was no crackling or anything like that. Is it normal for a new tube amp to do this the first time you plug it in and play?

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  2. cyguitar

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    Probably just the ink on the outside of the tubes getting hot for the first time. BTW, I tried that amp last weekend. I'm not a Fender guy, but that thing is a great grab-&-go amp. I don't like the black tolex one, but the tweed one is great.
     
  3. jam10

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    Thanks man. Yeh the tweed one sounds and looks awesome. Hopefully that smell is nothing to worry about.
     
  4. sublimeaudio

    sublimeaudio Silver Supporting Member

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    I don't think you need to worry. I've had the same smell with a few new amps.
     
  5. anais

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    Correct, just the new tubes burning in.

    The tweed and tolex JRs are the same circuit, just a different speaker...
     
  6. EADGBE

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    If it gets stronger. Or if you see smoke, turn it off and unplug it. Then see a tech.
     
  7. radiohead

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    i love new tube amp smell :) even better than new car smell
     
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    But not as wonderful as OLD tube amp smell! :banana
     
  9. cyguitar

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    That's what I thought, but that speaker makes a great difference. Much better in my opinion.
     

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