Did I just pay a high price for my eagerness?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by somedevil, Mar 14, 2018.


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  1. somedevil

    somedevil

    Dec 25, 2009
    Got a Trace Elliott ELF half an hour back from the US. Plugged it in, completely forgetting the fact that the electricity in my country is 220 while on the ELF it's 110.

    The amp turned on, the fan started and then I heard a shrill sound, like that of an old fashioned TV being turned on, then smoke came out of the vents and a bad smell.

    I immediately turned it off. And now I am shaging depressed. Is this gone ?
     
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  2. I've never done that to an amp before however we accidentally did that at work with a Xerox printer and it fried the power board and damaged the main board.

    You can get it checked out as maybe it has some good protection however I feel that if it smoked then it may be dead.
     
  3. somedevil

    somedevil

    Dec 25, 2009
    Just my shaging luck I suppose. This was my first ever amp after playing bass for 15+ years. It's back to the headphones again I guess.
     
  4. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Man, that's some sad news. Perhaps warranty will cover it?
     
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  5. BadExample

    BadExample

    Jan 21, 2016
    Injiana
    Man, that sucks.
     
  6. somedevil

    somedevil

    Dec 25, 2009
    My friend got it for me from Guitar Center. Not sure if they have any warranty.

    Man I am about ready to kill myself. This is very depressing.
     
  7. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Money and amps are replaceable. You are not.
     
  8. somedevil

    somedevil

    Dec 25, 2009
    Well of course. Thank you. I am just hoping that there was a fuse in there and it blew to protect the board. Otherwise, it's gonna be a poopie show.
     
  9. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa Boogie, Development Engineer-Genzler (pedals), Product Support-Genz Benz
    You have likely destroyed your amp, that's the bad news. Warranties don't cover this. The good news is that you didn't get hurt and you still have all (or at least most) of your fingers and toes. You can thank the modern safety features built into your amp for that.
     
  10. somedevil

    somedevil

    Dec 25, 2009
    I am hoping that I can get it repaired somehow. Honestly, this is a lot of money for me.
     
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  11. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Meridian, MS (January 19, 2017) -- Good things come in small packages, and now Trace Elliot can add “small yet powerful” to that saying with the introduction of the ELF bass amplifier. Weighing just 1.6 pounds, this revolutionary amp is small enough to fit in your back pocket. The ELF’s remarkable technology and size make it the most portable, gig-worthy bass amplifier ever made. It’s an ideal solution for any bassist who is concerned with size and weight, but isn't willing to compromise on tone or performance.
    Designed in the U.K. and the U.S., the ELF produces a solid, fan-cooled, 200 continuous watts RMS at 4 ohms. The switch mode power supply has thermal as well as over-current protection, and the gain knob features a bicolor LED that turns red when the preamp compressor engages. The unique input gain has three regions of operation—uncompressed, variable multi-band compression, and overdrive. In terms of sonic quality, the ELF has a clean signal path with simple controls, making it easy to achieve a professional bass tone. The 3-band rotary EQ has three proprietary Trace Elliot filters: low center (80 Hz), mid center (500 Hz), and high center (4.2 KHz). Studio-quality XLR outputs—with a ground-lift switch—ensure the tone the player has onstage is the same tone in the PA. There’s also a headphone output to enable quiet practice. The ELF provides all of this versatility in a unit that measures a trailblazing 1.35’’ x 6.75’’ x 4.10’’—the smallest bass amp in the industry today.
     
  12. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    How were you able to do this?

    I have never seen a 220 receptacle that was compatible with the blades on a North American power cable.
     
  13. joel406

    joel406 Suspended

    Dec 27, 2013
    Florida
    Yeah....It's done..
     
  14. alaskaleftybass

    alaskaleftybass Will Hanbury, Jr. In Memoriam

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sitka, Alaska
    :laugh:
     
  15. somedevil

    somedevil

    Dec 25, 2009
    Could this mean that I might be ... safe?

    I plugged it in one of these things. How I could do something so stupid, is beyond me.

    spikeguard-4-switch-4-socket-500x500.jpg
     
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  16. BadExample

    BadExample

    Jan 21, 2016
    Injiana
    Sorry, but fuses don't make much smoke. It's dead now. RIP...
     
  17. somedevil

    somedevil

    Dec 25, 2009
    So the only way to fix this would be a board replacement? And I am guessing that is gonna be a pricey affair?
     
  18. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
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    Description

    The Trace Elliot® ELF is a bass amplifier. Weighing just 1.6 pounds, this revolutionary amp is small enough to fit in your back pocket. The ELF’s remarkable technology and size make it the most portable, gig-worthy bass amplifier ever made. It’s an ideal solution for any bassist who is concerned with size and weight, but isn't willing to compromise on tone or performance.

    The ELF produces a solid, fan-cooled 200 continuous watts RMS at 4 ohms. The switch mode power supply has thermal as well as over-current protection, and the gain knob features a bicolor LED that turns red when the preamp compressor engages.

    The unique input gain has three regions of operation - uncompressed, variable multiband compression, and overdrive. In terms of sonic quality, the ELF has a clean signal path with simple controls, making it easy to achieve a
    professional bass tone.

    The 3-band rotary EQ has three proprietary Trace Elliot filters: low center (80 Hz), mid center (500 Hz) and high center (4.2 KHz).

    Studio-quality XLR outputs, with a ground lift switch, ensure the tone the player has on stage is the same tone in the PA.

    There’s also a headphone output to enable quiet practice.

    The ELF comes with an embroidered nylon carrying case, an owner’s manual CD-ROM that includes the REAPER™ DAW and Peavey® ReValver® amp modeling software, and a Union Jack sticker that reminds of Trace Elliot’s U.K. roots.

    Trace Elliot ELF Features:

    Extremely portable 1.60 lb (0.73 kg)
    200W continuous into 4 ohms / 130W continuous into 8ohms
    Wide range input gain control with signal level indicator
    3-band rotary equalizer that emulates the response of classic Trace Elliot multi-band graphic EQ filters
    Ultra-high preamp input impedance ( >10meg ohms) for maximum sensitivity when using passive pickups
    Post EQ balanced XLR DI output with ground lift for sending classic Trace Elliot tone to a mixing console or recording device
    1/4” (6.35 mm) headphone output for quiet practice
    Trace Elliot ELF Specifications:
    Mains Voltage:
    100-120 vac - 50/60Hz - T3.15AL/250V
    230 vac - 50/60Hz - T1.6AL/250V

    Power Consumption:
    Typical = 30W
    Maximum = 240W
    SMPS:
    Thermal protection
    Over-current protection
    Power Amplifier
    Protection:
    Clip limiting
    Thermal
    Over-current / Short-circuit
    DC output
    Minimum Load: 4 Ohm
    Power Output (1% THD):
    130W - 8 Ohm
    200W - 4 Ohm
    Noise: -62.5 dBu
    Pre Amplifier
    Nominal Input Sensitivity: All controls @12:00 = -6.44dBu (369mV)
    Input Impedance: >10 meg Ohm
    EQ:
    3 - band rotary type with proprietary TE filters
    Low center = 80 Hz
    Mid center = 400 Hz
    High center = 4.2 KHz
    DI XLR Balanced Output:
    PIN 1 = GND, PIN 2 = sig+, PIN 3 = sig-
    Post EQ
    1 KOhm output impedance with GND lift switch
    Noise floor = -104.3dBu
    Noise floor with sig (nom.) =-88dBu
    Weight: 1.6 lb (0.73 Kg)
    Dimensions (HxWxD): 1.35 x 6.75 x 4.10” (3.4 x 17.1 x 10.4 cm)
     
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  19. somedevil

    somedevil

    Dec 25, 2009
    I just noticed that there is some oily, liquid discharge from the unit as well. Stinks bad.
     
  20. somedevil

    somedevil

    Dec 25, 2009
    It blew up even with all these protections?
     
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