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Short usage time with tube amps.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by currynoodles, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. currynoodles

    currynoodles Member

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    Would frequent short usage times (10-15 minutes) be detrimental to a tube amp? Shorten the lifespan, etc?

    Did some reading but didn't really find anything that answers my question. For some reason I keep hearing of an unwritten law that if you turn it on you better use it for awhile before turning it off again.

    Pardon my ignorance, still new to tube amps. :)
     
  2. 3th3r

    3th3r Member

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    Electrically speaking, it shouldn't.
     
  3. SteveO

    SteveO Member

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    All of my tube amps have seen intermittent use at various times in their lives. No issues at all.
     
  4. Cirrus

    Cirrus Member

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    Lots of rapid heating and cooling cycles does tend to increase the mechanical wear and tear on the amp. I wouldn't worry about it though. You bought the amp to use it, not to be its slave.
     

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