My amp waits a while to shut off

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  1. Monster Truck

    Monster Truck groove student Supporting Member

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    I have a Crate BX-220 head that I use for practice. When I flip the power switch the amp stays on for about 10 seconds. Not really a big deal since I don't gig with it, but does this mean my amp is about to die?
     
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    Probably just capicitors holding charge and draining. I wouldn't worry about it just based off of that alone. Is this a new "condition" or has it always happened?
     
  3. pebo

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    Yep, Sounds like capacitors discharging to me too. I dont see it as an issue. My practice amp does the same. I don't unplug my bass while its winding down, I can play for a few seconds while this is going on and it speeds up the shut down.
     
  4. Monster Truck

    Monster Truck groove student Supporting Member

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    It's been going on for about 6 months. Works fine otherwise. Just kind of annoying when I want to switch basses.
     
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  6. B-string

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    It is a sign of good power supply caps on an amp that has no mute circuit.
     
  7. Michael Pearce

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    One alternative is to turn the volume all the way down when switching basses instead of turning the amp off.

    Another alternative is to learn patience ;)
     
  8. Blankandson

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    Same thing on most newer ham radios. Usually hear a muted 'pop' after about 8 seconds. It's doing a good thing so don't try to change it. Just cover your ears.
     
  9. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

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    If you hit a low note on your bass and then hit the power switch it will drain faster. The note taxes the power supply and helps drain the caps faster.
     
  10. P Town

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    The time to be concerned, is if it quits doing this.
     
  11. spiritbass

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    It's got the "Hesitation Blues"... ;)
     
  12. soulman969

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    Beat me to it. ;)

    Also saves wear and tear on the switch and the other bad things that can happen during a power up. They also sell A/B pedals for guys who do that a lot like I do.
     
  13. djasterix

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    My combo does the same from day one, not an issue at all...
     

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