Hartke bit the dust Need advice

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by cman227, Jul 18, 2017.

  1. cman227


    Dec 21, 2014
    So I had an audition tonight. Thought I would take one last run through the material and suddenly no sound. Checked all the obvious stuff (chords, fuses, changed outlets). The light is on but no sound. If you unplug the chord from the bass and touch the end you still get the crackel and if you turn the gain all the way up you can hear the bass faintly. I had this amp for 8 years, it's survived drunks spilling beer on it and countless gigs in hot enviroments. And it picks tonight to crap out.
  2. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    Are you sure it's the amp? If you still get noise when you touch the cord that's going into the amp it sounds like the amp is still working.
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  3. I had the same experience with another manufacturers amp. It turned out to be a pre amp pcb fault. You haven't mentioned which amp you have? If it's an LH series then the tube could be worth swapping as that's an easy thing to try.
  4. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    Not an issue. Just grab your backup head and you're set.

    You DO have a backup head, right!?!? :)
  5. Skeptismo


    Sep 5, 2011
    Run backup equipment, or go DI and monitor...if worse comes to worse, borrow from a trusted friend or rent an amp from a local music store?
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  6. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Bass active? Change the battery?
  7. Ampslut


    May 15, 2017
    Barrackville WV
    Could be the problem.
  8. Lvjoebass

    Lvjoebass In Memoriam

    Jan 19, 2017
    Let us know what you find out! I have ha5500 that survived a tumble out of a truck with only a sheared shaft. No issues after 10 years or so!
  9. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    if the amp has an Effects Loop link send and return with a signal cable. Same for pre-amp out power amp in jacks.
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  10. What model amp?
  11. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Richlands, NC
    Its a Hartke...throw it out and buy GK gear ;-)
  12. LKTraz


    Dec 11, 2016
    Hegins, PA
    If it's a head/cab rig, try subbing out the cable from the head to the cab. It's possible that there's only a few angel hair strands trying to do all the work.

    The preamp tube as said before may also be the culprit.

    Failing those as the problem, scramble to borrow from a friend and get the Hartke to a trusted repair shop.