Amp Storage

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by Birdsong, Jan 13, 2020.

  1. Birdsong

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    I have an amp that I used to gig with and don’t use it anymore but I may use it one day. Just wondering what’s they best way to store it. It’s just to much amp for playing at home?
     
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  2. Antstrat

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    Got a cover for it? If not toss a towel, sheet, whatever over it and just park it out of the way.
     
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    My extras are in the closet. I take them out every now and then to fire them up.
     
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    Load the cavity up with a bunch of desiccant, get a 6 mil poly bag and seal it up. That will protect it from moisture. Pick a storage spot that doesn't suffer temperature extremes and you're good to go.
    I stored a Camaro that way once. Worked great.
     
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    I live in a dusty environment, I cover the vents when not in use. But if was going to stow it away? Any kind of towel of sheet in the closet would do.
     
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    I have lived in southeastern us coastal areas most of my life. Even covered the garage is a bad place to store electronic items and other things that are subject to moisture damage.

    I keep all of my amps and similar items inside where it can be protected by air conditioning.

    Jeff
     
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    Protect it from Light, Moisture and Heat and it will survive. Expose it to any of these conditions for any length of time will surely cause damage to it.
     
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    I have one I don't use anymore either. I plug it in and play it for a few minutes every once in awhile
     
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    You should power it up every year to keep the caps fresh
     
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    Got her wrapped in plastic and stored in the guest bedroom. Now the wife’s happy that I got that one out the den.
     
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    Just a heads up, wrapped in plastic is a great way to ruin it. When temperature changes it creates condensation which can now not escape the plastic. Put it someplace dark and protect it from dust. No need to over complicate
     
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    even if the house stays the same temperature, I know the thermostat stays on 70 year round?
     
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    Seasons change. Humidity changes. Think of it like the roof of your house. It is vented for a reason. Put it in a cardboard box in a closet.
     
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    You can always bath on military grade cosmoline ;):D
     
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    I will take it.
    Just let me know when you have a gig.
    I come by and we will have a good beer after the gig.
    But they call me the amp keeper.

    All the best,
    Robin
     
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    Long term? Does it have electrolytic caps ?

    Thinking about this as I’m reading it and realize my amps have been exposed to air, light and dust since new, which is near 40 years in one case. Yet they all still look and sound fine. But, I would cover them, or at least put them in dark closet if I knew I wasn’t gonna use them for a while.

    I ask about the caps because I prefer to run my amps an hour or so a month if at all possible. Don’t know if it really helps lengthen cap life, but told it does by a couple of people.
     
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    That's what I did with my Princeton, it stayed in good shape around 10 years that way.
     
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    Is there such thing ? Or do you just need a larger, more isolated home ??
     
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  19. Birdsong

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    to me of course not. But to the Miss Birdsong who gave me a little small Black Star amp so I would get it out of the den because she couldn’t move it around clean and do housework, yes sir.
     
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    Yes, there really is. The Management banned home use of my Princeton at home back in the 80s. Our nearest neighbour is only a few feet away, the other side of a Victorian brick wall...
     
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