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Low volume damage - For real?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Rob-in-London, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. Rob-in-London


    Jun 21, 2008
    London, England
    Endorsing artist: Rusty Deluxe Pickups
    Is it true - or is it an old wives tale - that it can damage your amp to play at very low volumes over a time?

    As a point of reference, I have a 300w Trace Elliot 7215 combo (technically 200w without an extension cab). It works great as a home practice amp, though in this setting it's all well below "1" on the volume dial.


  2. billfitzmaurice

    billfitzmaurice Commercial User

    Sep 15, 2004
    New Hampshire
    Owner, Bill Fitzmaurice Loudspeaker Design
    It's just plain silly.
  3. KramerBassFan


    Jan 3, 2009
    Quite Silly if you ask me.

    Check the Sticky on "underpowering amps and speakers".

    That will give you a good explanation of it all.
  4. +1 The only thing you risk is that all that low volume, light playing will eventually suck all the funk and/or rock and roll out of you:p
  5. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    That, and anyone around who thinks like this will mistake your rig for a headphone setup. They'll get a really sore arm and bent back, but what are ya gonna do with people who believe myths like this? - send 'em around to dentist offices and elevator operators to ask them how many amps and speakers they want to buy today?

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