ClassD: Eden, Markbass, GK, Ampeg, Genz Heads--do you power them OFF between sets?

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  1. Blah114

    Blah114 Supporting Member

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    Eden, Markbass, GK, Genz Heads--do you power them OFF between sets? If so, why? I power my Eden off between sets just because I want it to cool down. Never had any issues with it. I am just curious to know what everyone herein does. I always mute via a tuner pedal as well.
  2. jnewmark

    jnewmark Supporting Member

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    I have never turned an amp off between sets, no matter what type it is/was. If your amp is getting too hot to the touch after a set, there might be something wrong with it.
  3. KJung

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    Nope, no reason. If anything, probably slightly negative to do since on/off probably puts slighty more strain on the unit that just letting it on (minor thing though). Usually don't even use the mute... just turn down my bass and put it on the stand.
  4. Blah114

    Blah114 Supporting Member

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    my amps are never too hot to the touch.
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  6. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

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    Class D amps by definition run cool. Turn it on, play for 5 hours, turn it off. Repeat for 5-10 years or more:D
  7. BassmanPaul

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  8. Guygrooves

    Guygrooves Supporting Member

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    I occasionally do turn mine off if Its a half hour or long break--WHY?,, I think its just a force of habit thing! I also unplug my bass as its active and take the cords out of my tuner pedal..old habits that are just hard to break!
  9. jnewmark

    jnewmark Supporting Member

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    Well, then call me clueless, but, why turn it off ? :eyebrow:
  10. TinIndian

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    Never. My Streamliner seems to run very cool. I've never felt it more than warm to the touch.
  11. eriky4003

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    GK MB500 owner here. At the end of a set: hit the mute button, tune the bass, unplug the active bass.
  12. bassfreakah

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    I never turn anything off on stage, it could send a pop through the FOH and the sound guy will have you turned off for the rest of the night. I think things sound better when they are warm any way, tubes and such. so keep the **** on!!!!
  13. Blah114

    Blah114 Supporting Member

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    I can see all POVs.. I rarely use the DI on my eden or ampegs anway.. I use a box which precedes either.. so the FOH is not really contingent on the amp.
  14. shaft311

    shaft311 Supporting Member

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    They're made to run for hundreds or thousands of hours on end. Once it's plugged in and heats up to the hottest it's going to get, it doesn't care if it's on for 20 minutes or two months.

    It'll be just fine unless there is a malfunction.

    Also as mentioned earlier, on/off without notifying the house that you're doing so (so he can mute the channel) can send bad sounds out through the front.
  15. johnpbass

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    I leave my amps on. Volume off on the bass itself always though.
  16. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    I hit the mute button, and put my bass back in the bag.

  17. bobcruz

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    Most amps cool off faster if left idling with the fan blowing, so if cooling is the goal, leave the amp on.
  18. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies Supporting Member

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    No. I leave mine running, fan or not. At idle your amp is going to cool down anyway.
  19. halfjackson

    halfjackson Supporting Member

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    The only time(s) that I have ever powered down any amp in between sets is at outdoor gigs in the summer, particularly when it's in direct sunlight. I've never had a problem but I've heard too many stories of amps overheating in those conditions.
  20. halfjackson

    halfjackson Supporting Member

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    Makes sense to me.
  21. j0616bass

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    +20 to never turning it off. I've had several different Genz micros and never had a problem with heat

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