Why is this a bad idea?

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  1. telefmt

    telefmt Member

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    A low wattage stereo amp. So many threads about amps too loud to use.
    So why not 2 clean low watt channels in 1 chassis with independent speaker jacks. If it was in a 1x12 cab you could use 1 side for grab&go, then plug a separate cab in for stereo if you like. I can't find anything like that when I search the web. Just trying to throw a new topic out here......
     
  2. Giraffecaster

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    assuming you're talking about tube, twice the output transformer, more cost, need to load those OT's so 2 speakers or a load system is required...

    plus unless you have some trem built in that splits the sound between speakers or some other effect like that, what's the point of stereo.

    for the grab&go idea, that's what an extension speaker jack is for.

    but to your point talking about volume, essentially it would be 2 amps so it would be louder, defeating the purpose.

    i could see some useful ways to have a "stereo" amp... like say if you had two separate circuits, one dirty and one clean, they wouldn't have to share the same output section so you could take the best tube for the job... matching volumes might be hard though... and you can have each amp section for say a different flavor speaker in a 2x12 cab or something.

    but again you're back to cost, weight, benefit.
     
  3. telefmt

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    Thanks, I was actually suggesting 2 separate circuits, and you pretty much said what I expected to hear too. I love hearing my stereo chorus pedal when I can actually use 2 channels which I can't do at the moment as I sold my 'big' amp over the holidays and just have an old 1 channel combo now.
    I guess a small 2 channel amp with an extension speaker is the way to go.
     
  4. drbob1

    drbob1 Silver Supporting Member

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    Also the Emery Stage Baby is essentially this amp!
     
  5. The Captain

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    Just use 2 amps with an A/B/Y , much simpler than waiitng for an anmp to be built wiht two totally separate cicuits and speaker loads.
     
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    frankencat Guitarded Gold Supporting Member

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    The older Budda's with the cabinet switching were kind of like that. Pretty cool idea actually.
     
  7. rooster

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    Actually, if I read this right, it was kind of like an idea I had been toying with. I was thinking about an amp with a main power section of about 35W or so, maybe a pair of KT77's at about 400V B+ to keep the wattage manageable, and then a separate output section running a couple of JJ 6V6S's. This way you could run the KT77 amp as your main out, and an FX loop would consist of a line out after the phase splitter of the KT77 side, running buffered out at footpedal levels for delay FX, and then back into the 6V6S power section, which would be essentially an 18W slave amp. This way, you can run your time based FX after all but the power tube distortion (PI distortion is kind of important sometimes), and not worry about "mushing up" the sound of the main amp with an FX loop.

    Of course, I could build the same thing by just making a smaller 1x12 amp as the FX return and it would consist of a recovery triode, a driver, and the power tubes at about 18-20W or so with a 1x12 speaker, just delivering the "wet" sound.

    Sounds like now I'll have to build one...

    rooster.
     
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