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Micro heads and keeping them in place.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Tony Flow MMMM, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. Tony Flow MMMM

    Tony Flow MMMM

    Dec 4, 2012
    So I have owned a couple micro heads and one thing has ways worried me.. Stepping on a wire and pulling the whole thing off the top of the cab.

    I think that's why I like rack mountable stuff..

    Am I alone?
  2. just bungee cord it to the top.
  3. Toptube


    Feb 9, 2009
    If I gigged, I would just adhere a big pad of velcro to the top of my cab and the bottom of the amp.
  4. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I use a wireless most of the time, and if I don't, I use a long cord. But I've pulled down my share of rigs, micro or not. You don't have to use a micro for this to be a problem.
  5. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    I usually velcro (or even tie) the cable to a cabinet handle, and then run it to the micro head. That way, if you pull too hard on the cord if you're too far away, the pressure is put on the cab handle, and the head is not really in danger of being pulled off the top of the cab.
  6. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    use a wireless, or use a pedal tuner or pedal board w/ the cable's amp end looped around cabinet handle.
  7. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    NPR, Florida
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
    I do this as well. But I have always done this regardless of the type of amp head. If I pull the whole rig down then it's on me. Musta been one hell-of-a show! :bassist:
  8. Sav'nBass


    Jan 18, 2009
    Virginia Beach
  9. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    As a teenager, I carefully saved my pennies to buy a brand new Peavey head. A few weeks later I pulled it down from the top of a full stack of speakers. I was terrified. The Peavey just kept on chugging for another 20 years until I finally sold it.
  10. Tony Flow MMMM

    Tony Flow MMMM

    Dec 4, 2012
    Why would anyone do that!!
  11. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Roots and fifths and a little extra. Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    This is what I often do on my rig. Plus, my guitar cable goes to my pedal board, not my amp head. It can still get tripped over, but I can't pull it down just by walking too far away.

    Velcro is a really interesting idea, though. I'm going to think that one over...
  12. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    That's what I've been doing. The only way I could pull the head off the cabinet would be to pull the cord so hard I yanked the entire cabinet over. I simply don't jump around THAT vigorously! :D
  13. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    For my Genz-Benz Shuttle, I use the slide-in rack that comes as part of its combo setup.

    If you REALLY want to lock something down and still make it removable, velcro is for lightweights....I have a better idea.

    3M makes stuff called Dual-Lock which is a great deal harder to separate...it actually uses small plastic tabs which interlock and as a result, takes many times more force to separate than any kind of velcro does. I use it to fasten push-to-talk mics down in classrooms when I don't want them to get stolen.

    Here's a blurb from a website: 3M™ Dual Lock™ Reclosable Fasteners are a fastening solution that can replace screws, bolts and rivets. The fasteners contain hundreds of mushroom-shaped stems that audibly "SNAP" together to form a secure attachment with strong adhesive backings that adhere to your substrate.


    It's expensive, but getting just a small sample pack gives you plenty of Dual Lock. I think this small pack would fasten down any micro head adequately. If in doubt, get two. Each inch of product is rated to hold 2 pounds on a wall; the pack holds matching strips of 3" length, rated for 6 pounds...on a vertical wall surface. Buy two and you're good for 12 pounds. On a horizontal surface, my estimate is that it would hold twice the weight rated for a wall mounting.



    Do a web search and you'll be surprised how good this stuff is, and how expensive. It's something to buy in small packs, not rolls...because a roll of 5 yards is more than $100.
  14. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    Dual Lock is pretty cool, but it works so well I've found it annoying for things that will be stuck together and taken apart frequently. But if you're fastening things that you'll leave stuck together, it's fantastic!
  15. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    Small pedal board, cable back to amp and around a handle for strain relief and just a modicum of 'care' in foot placement seem to do the trick for me.
  16. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    I loop the cable thru the speaker cab handle.
  17. Mykk


    Aug 22, 2010
    Prescott, AZ
  18. nysbob


    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    Velcro is pretty amazing stuff. I don't own a class D amp, but if I did, I'd go that route...easy, quick and cheap.
  19. What happens if your amp heats up and the glue on the velcro melts....
  20. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    Then you are probably using the cheap 'velcro' not the industrial grade Velcro.
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