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leaving spaces open in rack?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by K Dubbs, May 7, 2002.

  1. K Dubbs

    K Dubbs Just graduated from OSU, Go Bucks!

    Mar 16, 2002
    Toledo, Ohio
    I see that most if not all rack pictures i'v seen have spaces left empty. Is this for future addon ability or for heat purposes. Does anybody keep their rack full?
  2. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    Yeah, Ive seen that too... a lot of people are leaving an empty rack space at the top. I think it's for ventilation but don't quote me because I'm not a rack user. Silly gearheads :p
  3. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Well, for racking, I'd think the heaviest goes on bottom (the head or poweramp)...wich would also produce the most heat. So, I'd leave a space open above the poweramp/power section and then just rack the pre-amps, the power conditions, ect.
  4. AndyGL


    Nov 20, 2000
    Wellsville, NY
    I leave a space open on top to help dissipate heat so my tubes last longer.
  5. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    some folks just might not have enough stuff, or need that much stuff, to fill their rack.
  6. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I have stuff to fill three rack spaces. I have a four-space rack. Guess one o'them spaces is gonna be empty. Think I'll put a vent in it.
  7. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL

    i'm using a 2 space SKB ATA rack for my Demeter/Stewart. i'm not pinning the Stewart by any means, so heat isnt an issue, so i'm ok. but if i were to slam the power amp and make it work harder, i'd definitely think about getting a larger rack with space for air flow.

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