Can you run your amp too long?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by aaronious, Dec 23, 2015.

  1. aaronious


    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    I recently got a hartke lh500 and an ampeg 4x10. Also I'm off work for a month. All I do is practice. All day everyday. I have another rig I can use but this one's new( to me) and loud and it sounds amazing.

    What I want to know is, if I'm playing at low to medium volume for 3-4 hours at a time through several stretches a day. Am I gonna blow my rig up? Or my ears for that matter, that's less of a concern though, I really don't play that loud. Except the first day ;)

    Should I switch amps throughout the day? Or am I being overly concerned about nothing?
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  2. tkonbass

    tkonbass I'm just one of the out-of-focus guys.

    Mar 11, 2012
    St. Paul, MN
    No it's what they're designed to do.
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  3. sprag


    Sep 15, 2011
    Melb Australia
    back in the day I lent my amp to a mate running a dance party so he could get a bit more low end without hiring more PA gear. ran all night at moderate volume and I still haven't had an issue with it 15 years on. as long as the fan (assuming it has one) is running it shouldn't be a problem
  4. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Benz
    Depends on the quality of the design and construction of the amp.

    For a good quality amp, I would expect between 10 and 20,000 hours of operation before trouble (on the average)
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  5. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Still Playing After All These Years Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2008
    Yeah, I was going to say that it is a lifetime measured in hours and you are playing them, which is good.

    I don't play enough everyday through an amp and I wish I could, thinking about it now. Just for the gestalt of it all. I play DI at a studio mostly although I spend long hours with my upright which incidentally sounds better when EQ'd and amplified.

    I used to feel bad when I left amp on at lockout for days. That hurt.
  6. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    That's a pretty wide range. ;)
  7. sobie18


    May 5, 2002
    Shaw AFB, SC
    If you play a lot of wrong notes, they will build up residue and blockage to your ideal sound. Gotta blow out the carbon with some good stuff...
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  8. aaronious


    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    So keep on doing what I'm doing. Thanks guys.
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  9. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    No!!!! With all that practicing you should be doing it better!! :D
  10. aaronious


    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    I am!!! I'm even starting to realize that hey, maybe I don't completely suck!
  11. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    I'm definitely over the 10 hour mark. Proceeding wth caution from here on out.
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  12. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Benz
    Of course, that's 10,000 to 20,000 hours ;)
  13. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Where's the fun in that though?
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  14. burn-in on a lot of electronic gear(ie, before it leaves the factory) is usually 48hrs or should be alright~
  15. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Whelp... I have a Roland Micro Cube that I've left on for weeks at a time. It's about 10 years old now, I use it every single day, leave it on often (I'm half deaf, don't hear it, and therefore forget to shut it), and never had a single issue.
  16. Not true by any means. TV's, cell phones, whatever, they are made on an assembly line and put directly in the box, never powered on.
  17. tubedude

    tubedude Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2015
    You'd have to ask your neighbors or family.
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  18. hsech

    hsech Work hard. My Social Security needs a raise.

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa
    If you gig often, the average gig is 3 to 4 hours. Your amp is a tool of the trade. Don't abuse it and it will last.
  19. aaronious


    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    I'm fortunate that my neighbors are deaf, so is one of my roommates and the other couldn't care less.
  20. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    So there's no QC control? Apple just crosses their fingers and hopes their iPads work once they leave the factory without turning them on at least once? the testing period may not be long but I would imagine any company producing mid to high level electronics has a testing period of some kind.
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