Why are power and standby switches on the back of heads?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by alaskagrown, May 3, 2008.

  1. alaskagrown

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    I find this pretty annoying... Is it just an aesthetics thing, or is there a practical reason? There's plenty of amps out there that have them on the front, and that just seems to make sense to me.

    I play a full stack (CAA OD-100) and I have to be careful not to bang my guitar against it when I'm reaching around the back to flip the standby switch. It's gotten to where I don't even use it any more.

    It can be dangerous too... I hate to admit this publicly, but it's happened a couple times - my SVT on an 8x10 is at the perfect height where when I reach around to flip the standby switch my nipple gets caught in the fan... Ouch!:bkw
     
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    Keeping the AC way from the inputs decreases niose/hummm.
     
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    My Hiwatts are dead quiet and they have the switches in the front.....
     
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    aesthetics and or a layout thing.
    I like them on the front BTW.
     
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    I agree...put 'em on the front if it doesn't wreck the sound.
     
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    Yup. I used to have one too, and you would never even know it was on until you played it, even with the preamp maxed out.

    Putting the input and the switches on opposite ends of the face is plenty of spacing.
     
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    Hard to say, I have about 50-50 with my heads. The ones on the back I also think are a pain, and think it may be any number of reasons, among them

    - to crowded on the front panel. Some amps really are.
    - maybe as mentioned above, keeping power supplies at back
    - maybe also someone thinks it might be too easy to accidentally hit the switches with headstock while adjusting EQ controls?

    But I much prefer them on the front. As I get older, my eyes don't focus so well at close distances, so leaning over the amp to even plug in footswitches, speakers, etc...can be a real pain. Thinking about taking a mirror :eek: to plug in stuff when I am not able to walk around the back.
     

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