Question about tube amps and cold weather

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by axelfoley, Dec 24, 2009.


  1. axelfoley

    axelfoley Supporting Member

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    One of the places I pjam is a barn that is only heated when we go there. I just sold the other guitar player a Mesa Stiletto (his first tube amp). He wants to leave it there. We live in Maine and it gets friggin cold, i mean real cold.
    So my question is, is that bad for the amp? To get frozen for a week at a time.
     
  2. pdf64

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    It's not ideal, but it's condensation that is the real hazard, which occurs when something cold gets put into a warm environment - think how folk's glasses mist over when they come inside after having been out on a frosty day. That misting will be conductive.
    Your gear will be liable to that if the air in the barn is warmed up quickly, as the thermal mass of the amp's parts, and enclosed environment within the chassis, will take much longer to warm up, and so present a cold surface on which moisture can condense.
    The guideline is not to leave electronic gear anywhere you wouldn't be happy to sleep.
     
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    Yeah, that's kinda what I thought. That condensation may also induce rust.
     

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