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Grrr.... why can't I get an amp that works?!?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by junglebike, Mar 28, 2003.

  1. junglebike


    Feb 14, 2003
    San Diego, CA
    Okay... been trying to put together a mini-rig with an EA Cxl110, my Raven PHA-1 pre, and an amp. Got all but the latter.

    So... Musicgoround sends me a Stewart World 1.2. One channel works, the other doesn't. I send it back. They claim they tested it before shipping. They've got a Stewart PA-1400 for the same price, so I tell them to send it out to me instead.

    Before sending it (luckily) they test it, and one channel doesn't light up on it either... getting frustrated.

    I find another PA-1400 on e-bay, snap it up and cancel my order. It got here today, and it's DOA. I plug it in, get a click from the power supply relay, and nothing. It's been plugged in for an hour now.

    I took the lid off and there's no obvious signs of damage.

    What's going on here??? I've been borrowing a friends GK 800RB for 3 weeks now and it looks like I'll have to continue borrowing it.

    This is obviously making me re-think the Stewart poweramp! I'm 0-3 now (or 2-6 if you count channels separately!) Has anyone had reliability problems with these guys?

    grumble grumble... :bawl: :bawl: :mad:
  2. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    It's clear that God does not think a Stewart amp is right for you. I think his preference is QSC PLX series.
  3. HAHA!! I would go with what Munji said.

  4. Chuck M

    Chuck M Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    San Antonio, Texas
    I've owned a total of 5 Stewart amps and had trouble with only one. Stewart upgraded that one for a bigger one for $50 so I can't kick.

    Some days it is hard to win. I still prefer the tone of Stewart amps over everything I've tried.

    Good luck to you.

  5. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio! Commercial User

    Jul 3, 2001
    Costa Mesa, Calif.
    Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    Make sure you leave the amp turned on long enough.

    The first time I ever used a Stewart power amp was in a small sound system I rented for a meeting, maybe about seven or eight years ago. It took maybe about a minute or so (or at least it seemed that long) for both channels of the amp to start up. I didn't know at the time that they did that; I thought at first I'd gotten stuck with a dead amp. Finally, after getting no response several times when I pressed the power switches, I went around to the back of the rack to see if there was some problem with the AC power connections. While I was back there wondering why everything seemed fine but wasn't working as it should, one channel came on, then the other did a few seconds later.

    Once it got going, though, it worked fine. When I returned the system, I told the proprietor that I'd had a moment of near-panic because the amp took a while to turn on. He said, "Oh yeah, I forgot to warn you about that …" ;)
  6. junglebike


    Feb 14, 2003
    San Diego, CA
    Yeah, there's a sticker on top that warns about that. But I left it on for half an hour!

    AND, the bastards that sold it to me won't take it back. They claim that because the e-bay add did not specify that the unit had been tested and was working, they're not responsible for its being broken!!! :mad:

    They said they don't have the facilities to test their amplifiers, so they can't guarantee that they work -- I asked if they had a wall outlet so they could plug it in and see it was dead. The lady hung up on me shortly therafter.

    Whatever, they screwed me. I left bad feedback, and I'm getting the thing repaired. Hopefully it won't be too expensive.
  7. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio! Commercial User

    Jul 3, 2001
    Costa Mesa, Calif.
    Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    That sucks. I hope you didn't pay much for it, at least to make it worthwhile paying to get it fixed.

    On-line auctions are definitely an area where the admonition "caveat emptor" is applicable, especially if the sellers don't show any evidence of competence regarding the item for sale.
  8. :bawl:

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