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RaySoly

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tube amps odd maintenance..or?
« on: May 07, 2022, 05:26:24 PM »

 Not sure where to post this but,

My neighbour, who is a guitarist (not jazz ) has just warned us to expect loud noise next week because he needs to "rinse" his tube amps to "open them up" a bit". I've never heard of that...Any credence to this ?

Ray
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Re: tube amps odd maintenance..or?
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2022, 08:14:42 PM »

Not sure where to post this but,

My neighbour, who is a guitarist (not jazz ) has just warned us to expect loud noise next week because he needs to "rinse" his tube amps to "open them up" a bit". I've never heard of that...Any credence to this ?

Ray
Let him "age" his tubes, but ask him to do the rinsing with the amp's speakers in a closet under a load of laundry  :D.
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Re: tube amps odd maintenance..or?
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2022, 08:26:53 PM »

Let him "age" his tubes, but ask him to do the rinsing with the amp's speakers in a closet under a load of laundry  :D.



  ;)...
I told him I had a few tubers from the 60s .and never had any issues whereby I had to "really drive "the amps ,..

he replied :
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Re: tube amps odd maintenance..or?
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2022, 09:13:18 PM »



  ;)...
I told him I had a few tubers from the 60s .and never had any issues whereby I had to "really drive "the amps ,..

he replied :

I have some warm tones to sell him... ;)
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Re: tube amps odd maintenance..or?
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2022, 09:21:56 PM »



  ;)...
I told him I had a few tubers from the 60s .and never had any issues whereby I had to "really drive "the amps ,..

he replied :

That thar's some really strong kool-aid....
Muff time....
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Re: tube amps odd maintenance..or?
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2022, 10:25:35 PM »

Not sure where to post this but,

My neighbour, who is a guitarist (not jazz ) has just warned us to expect loud noise next week because he needs to "rinse" his tube amps to "open them up" a bit". I've never heard of that...Any credence to this ?

Ray

Sure he does... just like you need to "freshen-up" your line arrays; I imagine that if properly deployed a 1k tone could be quite effective at getting them back to working order
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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2022, 10:23:21 AM »

Sure he does... just like you need to "freshen-up" your line arrays; I imagine that if properly deployed a 1k tone could be quite effective at getting them back to working order
I've always found that 4K really gets people's attention, on stage or off........ ;D
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Re: tube amps odd maintenance..or?
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2022, 10:22:51 AM »

My neighbour, who is a guitarist (not jazz ) has just warned us to expect loud noise next week because he needs to "rinse" his tube amps to "open them up" a bit". I've never heard of that...Any credence to this ?

Wow. Thought I'd heard all the 'cork sniffing' urban myths of vacuum tubes, but that's a new one.

Guess I'd better 'blow the carbon out' of all my ancient valve amps...  ::)

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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2022, 02:29:45 PM »

You could always counter with the fact that vintage tube amps were designed to be operated at 110 volts ac.  Since current wall voltage generally run at 120 plus volts, unless you are using a variac, you are always running your amp around 10 % above the original design parameters.  So, there is no reason to "open them up".
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« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2022, 04:07:53 PM »

You could always counter with the fact that vintage tube amps were designed to be operated at 110 volts ac.  Since current wall voltage generally run at 120 plus volts, unless you are using a variac, you are always running your amp around 10 % above the original design parameters.  So, there is no reason to "open them up".

So, the ten is now 11!!!!!!!!!
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