New one for me- amp head is too light!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Rayjay, Oct 10, 2022.

  1. Rayjay

    Rayjay If that’s even my real name..

    Sep 27, 2014
    Lahaina, Maui, HI
    I had an outdoor gig recently and I used my Berg 2x12 and my Tone Hammer 500 head. The wind kicked up at some point and I was seriously concerned it was going to blow my little 4# amp head right off the cab. That was definitely a first!

    Has this ever been a problem for anyone else? I'm wondering if anyone velcros their amps to your cabinets, which I'm considering.
  2. Marko 1

    Marko 1 Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    Ohio, Youngstown Area
    You can get a nice two-rack-space head weighing just under 30lbs that'll never cause such concerns. :cigar:
  3. 20220504_122124.jpg There are several threads on here about using non-slip matting or pads to stop lightweight heads drifting off cabs.
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2022
  4. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    If your gig is under winds powerful enough to blow your amp off you have bigger problems.
  5. Rayjay

    Rayjay If that’s even my real name..

    Sep 27, 2014
    Lahaina, Maui, HI
    You are certainly correct about that, after the winds died down the rain started intermittently and that was a much bigger problem!
  6. Marko 1

    Marko 1 Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    Ohio, Youngstown Area
    In that case, I guess the tiny amp would be advantageous...

    you can just shove it in the inside pocket of your jacket and tend to the other gear. :)
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  7. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    Put foam under the amp.

    Make sure the cable isn't pulling the amp around.
  8. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    Old bike innertube, cut to length, tied in knot. Good for carrying my rig the short way into the band's rehearsal space.

  9. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    The tool drawer liner they sell at Napa auto parts works well for me. Good grip.
  10. BuddhaFingas


    Aug 16, 2019
    Put the cab on top of it?
  11. Ampslut


    May 15, 2017
    Barrackville WV
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  12. Zbysek


    Mar 23, 2017
    Czech Republic
    Not an issue for me
  13. Popped in to see the “brick on top of micro amp” photo.
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  14. Pulverizor


    Jun 14, 2018
    New Zealand
    Yip, brick on top should hold it.
  15. Bungee cord, 4 lb is rock weight. I think you need 60 mph to get that moving
  16. macmanlou

    macmanlou Don't push it. Just let it fall. Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Washington, DC Area
    Using a bar mat with a tiny amp is a popular choice.

    Amazon has them for about $15.

  17. Swap to a SVT head?

    Unless you play in costal states prone to direct hits from hurricanes, it should take care of the problem. ;)

    (And yes, that was intended as hyperbole.)
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  18. Even without wind, lightweight heads can move due to vibration of the cabinet. But all the aforementioned solutions will prevent that problem.

    If you have a very lightweight cab with a tall profile like your 2x12 with a head on top there may be stability issues. I have a GR Bass 212 Slim cabinet (28lbs) that I used with a Mesa TT-800 (7lbs) which sounds great but is top heavy and tipsy. When I use my Quilter BB-800 (3.5lbs and smaller) with shelf liner then everything is stable. Never had to worry about such things with the heavier cabs and amps.
  19. Mingo Sanders

    Mingo Sanders

    Mar 11, 2008
    Austin, TX
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  20. I use a computer mouse pad for my Mesa D800. It keeps it from vibrating round on top of the cab when playing loud. Its never really been an issue but I was worried about wind in particular I always have some tape handy when I play gigs