long intro, sorry, it may be a "too long did not read"
So the rig I use now is a Warwick Quad VI through either a warwick 411 pro (4x10 with horn) or an emperor cabinets 4x12.
(I enjoy both cabs, and I realize there is a distaste for emperor cabinets, but I really love mine so let us please not have this be a flame war, I've been guilty of flame in the past so I'm not claiming sainthood, I just dont need to be told that the cab with a sound I desire will not give me the desired sound. That being said there is a reason I keep both when I should really only need one generally)
Enough of that. My Quad VI has been making some scary noises lately, intense staticy feedbacky sounds...IDK enough about amps to discern what is wrong. Not really sure if it may just be some cables' issues, or the amp deteriorating. Its gotta be at least 11 years old, bought it used, and have since taken good care of it, but maybe it needs its "oil changed" (it is a tube/mosfet)
****So first of all: Any good amp techs in the lake county illinois? (chicago northshore) I like the music store down the street, they have a great record in my book, but IDK, I'd like to find a brick and mortar place that may specialize in amp tech.*****
Secondly, with this scare in mind, I've renewed my desire for something new, something that means less to me than the Quad VI (first "real" amp, long story, and I love it). I don't have a huge budget, and come buying time I'll be looking a lot at used gear and at reviews of whatever I buy, but for the moment the Carvin BX500 looks great. good for the money and all that.
BUT, I worry, that down the road I may want the extra power of something bigger. Therefore I am curious about the BX1500, because it would allow me to gain some volume if need be. http://www.carvinguitars.com/products/BX1500
-the amp tech question as stated above
-how does figuring out the minimum load of bridged amplifiers work? is it just whichever cab is plugged into whichever output? or is there math involved?
-How does the bridging/crossover work on the BX1500? do those knobs allow me to send the Highs to the 4x10 and lows to the 4x12 so that I can avoid phasing issues of mixed speaker sizes? or is the function of bridging not that? from what I can see once in bridged mode you may hit the crossover switch and then set the amps "1" and "2" to send a selectable blend of highs and lows......
(sorry for long post, seen so many ask a ? and be asked for more info, just wanted to be thorough, plus I'm a philosophy major, not typically short winded)