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Amp and Cabinet Storage and Cold Weather...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Mike Sorr, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. Mike Sorr

    Mike Sorr "Play I Some Music" Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Brick, NJ
    So, I recently relocated from a house to a smaller apartment and my wife is none too keen on having my rig around. I have a storage space, but it's not climate controlled so it can get pretty cold in there during the winter. Would I be doing any damage to the amp or speaker cabinets by exposing it to colder than normal conditions for storage?
  2. Gaolee

    Gaolee It's all about the polyester

    I have stored stuff in a garage that gets down to about freezing. It cools off and warms back up slowly, so it's not really much of a problem. And it is completely dry. If there could be condensation, I would pass.
  3. bobalu


    Oct 1, 2004
    above the 49th
    How cold does it get in your storage area? If you're talking something like 50 degrees than I wouldn't even think that was cold (hey, I'm Canadian...). You should be fine with anything above freezing. It's not so much the cold, but moisture (which includes condensation, as Gaolee mentioned) that will do damage to amps and speaker cones.
  4. Mike Sorr

    Mike Sorr "Play I Some Music" Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Brick, NJ
    The storage locker is located in an enclosed building, it's just not climate controlled. It gets cold enough to see your breath inside, but no moisture. You hear different things depending on who you ask. I've been told long term exposure to cold is a no no, and I've been told it's no big deal as long as things stay dry as you guys have said. Logically, you can buy expensive stereo systems for your car including power amps and speakers, and I've never heard even extreme cold being a problem. Thanks for the advice!
  5. briskmojo


    Oct 3, 2011
    Fairbanks AK
    Just my experience, but I've stored rigs in my unit which gets down to -40 and I haven't had any problems.
  6. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    Cold is not a problem, so long as things cool off and warm up gradually. Humidity, on the other hand, can be an issue, so one wants to avoid condensation from warm, moist air hitting cold equipment.

    Car stereos aren't a good example. Automobile-rated electronics have a much tougher environmental spec than consumer/studio gear.
  7. Mike Sorr

    Mike Sorr "Play I Some Music" Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Brick, NJ
    The warming up I can control, the cooling off would be kind of abrupt as I'd be taking the gear from a relatively warm car to the much colder storage area. It doesn't sound like it will be a problem. It may wind up that I only need to store my two 4x10 cabinets. It's all Eden gear so I spent a few bucks on it and would hate to damage it by not doing my due diligence. Thanks again for the advice.
  8. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    Keeping the amps in a secure, warm environment and the cabs in the storage area sounds like a good compromise.

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