Problem with amp - Volume

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  1. chrisroeguitar

    chrisroeguitar Member

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    I have a problem with my amp. It's a 18w Marshall clone.
    Sometimes when I switch my od pedal (Timmy) off, the amp volume is very low or off.
    When I switch the od on, the volume is normal.
    This happens sometimes.
    Do you have an idea what's the problem?????
     
  2. Staggerlee

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    Hmmmm? Sounds like you are using the Timmy as a volume boost, so when it's on it's boosting the input and the volume is normal. When off, the volume is down to whatever you set your amp at. Plug directly into the amp and turn up the knob that says "VOLUME". Good luck:jo.
     
  3. illini

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    I will assume that you normally run the amp and pedal for the same volume. I have had similar things happen, and it is usually a chord or switch that is not connecting right at that moment.
     
  4. chrisroeguitar

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    I'm using the Timmy to boost my amp.

    One example:
    Only amp on - normal sound, not quiet
    Timmy on - sound of course louder
    Switch Timmy off - amp very quiet or off
    Switch Timmy on - sound normal again, like the amp and Timmy on
    Switch Timmy off - amp very quiet, off or normal

    very strange!!!
     
  5. Staggerlee

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    Try putting in a different pedal. Try each of the cables one by one to eliminate them as the problem.

    My guess is that there is a problem with Timmy's foot switch. I actually have had similar problems but they are intermittent and I can't always reproduce them like you can.

    If testing different cables and pedals makes no difference, consider opening up the pedal, removing the switch (you don't have to desolder any of the wires), opening it up and cleaning the extra machine oil that is inside the switch.

    These switches have 3 little metal plates inside that do the actual connection and sometimes manufacturers put too much grease there and it makes them lose connectivity. Cleaning the extra grease usually takes care of the problem.
     
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    Thx Staggerlee!!! :)

    I check these things and report!
     
  7. chrisroeguitar

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    Okay....
    I changed the amp - same problem.
    Timmy on - all good.
    Timmy off - no sound at all.
    I rattled on the footswitch and the amp sounded normal.
    It's the footswitch!!! :D
     

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