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Are speakers effected by cold?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Monkey, Sep 20, 2001.

  1. Monkey


    Mar 8, 2000
    Ohio, USA
    I sometimes leave my cab in the garage after gigs, and sometimes I leave them there for a long time. I haven't noticed any problems, but the weather is starting to change, and I was wondering if there are any problems with leaving a cab in the garage when it is cold. What do you think?
  2. pmkelly

    pmkelly Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    I think I would pull it indoors... I am not a physicist or anything, but temperature changes do make substances swell and/or shrink.... It could probably effect the cab more than the speakers, but I wouldn't want to take the chance on it!

  3. lowfreqguy


    Oct 18, 2000
    Baltimore, MD
    Before I started to leave my speakers in the garage for storage year-round, I asked a number of pro audio guys for advice. They leave their speakers and racks in box vans year round, with no problems. A word of caution. If your speaker is cold, move it into the venue first and let it come up to room temperature before you put any real volume tasks to it. By the time you set everything else up, you should have no problems.
  4. Monkey


    Mar 8, 2000
    Ohio, USA
    Thanks for the responses! My cabs seem to be fine, so I think I will leave them in the garage. I wonder how spider webs in the port affect the tone?:D
  5. Spider webs? Just blow the suckers out by striking your lowest note firmly ;)

    But seriously, you might want to keep the speakers dry (as in: not damp) and keep the temperature above 10 deg celsius. Most cones are made of paper and when they get slightly wet they can deform.
  6. lots of variation in temperature / moist is bad, bad, bad for your gear.. :(

    it makes the paper of your speakers soft and may deform. it makes oxidant on the plugs.
    It makes the wood shrink / expand.

    handle your gear as if it was your child.
  7. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    You mean I should wrap it in duct tape and lock it in the closet?

    Sorry, childless by choice...
  8. :D

    b.t.w... it's duck-tape.. not duct-tape ;)
  9. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    No. "Duck Tape" is a specific (cheezy) brand of "duct tape".

    Duct tape was developed for sealing the seams of formed metal HVAC ducting. That's why the original is metallic silver and cloth - for heat resistance.

    At some point roadies and homeowners discovered duct tape is good for everything from breakfast to car repair. Now, I suspect less than 1% of the duct tape produced is actually used for ducting!
  10. gbenner


    May 20, 2001
    ocean, new jersey
    it is duct tape, as in the ducts or heating vents in your house. its used mainly by hvac guys installing or repairing you heat vents (or ducts). the rest of us use it to repair bass cabs.,cases, or anything it will stick to.
  11. Phat Ham

    Phat Ham

    Feb 13, 2000
    I'm pretty sure AllodoX knew it's duct tape and not duck tape. That's what the smilies were for.
  12. yawnsie


    Apr 11, 2000
    Duct tape is also popular with drummers - sticking it on drum heads gets rid of all the ringing, apparently. It also helps keep them quiet. ;)

    Now get back on topic! :)
  13. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Thank you, Misthter Wiztherd!

    -Tommy Turtle
  14. Especially from cat pee. I'd be more worried about your cabs gettting sprayed out in the garage. Also, you are in Ohio..? I don't think exposing your cabs to freezing temps is at all good for them.
  15. Monkey


    Mar 8, 2000
    Ohio, USA
    Yeah, it gets pretty cold here, so I better move them in. Luckily, my cats have pretty good aim and haven't hit my cabs yet, although they have some hair on them. I played a week at a bar/restaurant, and I came in one day and a there was a big splotch of ketchup on my 15-inch speaker. I was so pissed, but it doesn't seem to have effected it. The speaker sounds great with fries, though....
  16. It's Duck-Tape. Used for everything, but developed for taping heating ducks.

    When I get cob webs in my cab ports, I make my cat go in there and dust them out. The trouble is, he always sprays in there. So I duck tape him up and stick him in the closet, like my kids.
  17. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Yes, they get much smaller

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