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Transformer Damage/No Load?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by waylay00, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. waylay00

    waylay00 Member

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    So I was playing with my band today. For forty-five minutes, it sounded great, but then all of the sudden I noticed I wasn't getting any signal from my amp.

    So I started fidgeting with the cables, thinking one of them had shorted. Stupidly (probably because I was embarrassed and on-the-spot), I left the amp on while strumming to see if I could get a signal, to no avail.

    I later found out that the speaker cab input jack had a loose solder joint. So in effect, I had been strumming into my amp with a no load situation.

    After soldering the joint, everything sounds fine again. Even so, do you think I could have caused any premature, possibly undetectable (as of now) damage to my amp? Or am I just extremely lucky?
     
  2. WesKuhnley

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    Actually, now that I think about it, was I really playing with no load? Or was it just no resistance (short-circuit)?
     
  4. SatelliteAmps

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    Loose wire on the jack would be a no load situation, rather than a shorted wire which would be a grounded (short-circuit) situation. Should be fine, if it is currently playing fine..
     
  5. GuitarsFromMars

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    playing in traffic...
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    several hundred dollars lucky.
     
  7. waylay00

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    OK, that's good to hear. :p
     
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    happened to me dozens of times.....never killed a tranny that way. Must be possible if other folks are so wary
     
  9. mcgriff420

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    Warning! Warning! Warning! Warning! Warning! Warning! Warning! Warning!

    :nono Don't buy a used amp from Riker!! :nono
















    JK :D It's happened to everyone!​
     
  10. VaughnC

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    It is possible that you could have weakened the transformers insulation. Play it for a few years and you'll probably know by then if its ok.
     

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