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Q for GK owners

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Kile, Jan 25, 2005.


  1. Kile

    Kile

    Nov 23, 2004
    I have question for GK 800RB owners or anybody who can help me?

    I plan to get GK 800RB, but here in Europe is hard to find this amp, so one soution is to buy it in US and then transport it to Europe.
    The problem is different line voltage between US (115 V/60 Hz AC) and Europe (230 V/50 Hz AC).

    So, do the GK gurus know is conversion form 115/60 to 230/50 possible and difficult?

    :help:
     
  2. Just checked the manual online... would a fuse change be enough? (http://www.gallien-krueger.com/manuals/800rb.pdf)

    Here is the excerpt for the fuse and power cord paragraphs.

    Fuse
    Located on the rear panel, never operate this amplifier with
    any other than the recommended fuse :
    115V operation - replace with Type 3AG7A
    230V operation - replace with Type 3AG4A

    Power Cord
    The Power Cord is detachable and plugs into the rear panel
    socket.
    If a replacement is used it should be UL rated for 10A, 125V
    operation.
    If using 240V, the cord should be UL rated for 240V, 5A
    operation.

    You may want to contact their support anyway.
    http://www.gallien-krueger.com/support.html

    :)
     
  3. Kile

    Kile

    Nov 23, 2004
    I've checked online manuals before.

    I doubt that only fuse changes is enough. I think this is just information about fuse and power chord types for specific line voltage. Thx anyway.
     
  4. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    They can be had in Europe, too. And for European voltages, get the one made for European voltages.
    For an American version, you need a big and heavy power transformer (if its called that).

    That thing about the fuse is that the American, 110-115V version needs 3AG7A, the 240V version needs 3AG4A
     
  5. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    There is a wire you have to move insode that puts the electricity to a different tap on the power transformer. You might have a tech do it, but it is very simple, unless you aren't experienced with that sort of thing. GK makes great stuff. I hope you find one that will suit you!
     
  6. Kile

    Kile

    Nov 23, 2004
    I have some experience with electricity and soldering. So, you suggest me that I can get one from US and with no problems convert it to Europe AC line voltage?
     
  7. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Are you sure? :eyebrow:
    I thought you'd need a different transformer for that ;)
     
  8. Kile

    Kile

    Nov 23, 2004
    Well, I have one veerry old GTK/Gallien-Kruger amp 600B from early 1970-ies. And inside is big switch between 115 and 220 AC.

    So, I asume that something like that could be possible.
     
  9. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    If there's a swith inside, then it might work.
    However, when I had a GK BL series, it didnt have a switch, and was to be used with 240 V ONLY
     
  10. Fred312b

    Fred312b What if I want to play jazz precisely? Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    Chicago, IL
    daniel elliot will surely chime in soon to answer all your questions
     
  11. Sorry I can't offer much help on this one. The 800RB is not approved to sell in Europe. I suggest getting a 700RB-II instead. You can change the fuse and move a couple of wires for different voltages.
     
  12. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Are you sure? :eyebrow: :confused:

    My teacher has one. An old one, but it is a 800RB.
    I've seen a few in Germany
    My favourite store, a GK-dealer, has the 800RB on its order-list
    Now what is this about "not approved to sell in Europe"? :confused:
     
  13. Kile

    Kile

    Nov 23, 2004
    :confused: :confused: :confused:

    Strange!

    I also saw GK 800RB on slovenian GK dealer price list. Here is link:

    Price list

    Kile
     
  14. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    They make voltage converters, you could get one of those......
     
  15. Kile

    Kile

    Nov 23, 2004
    Yes, I suppose I could use voltage converter. But I'll need powerful one and those are bulky. I thought there is more elegant solution for this problem.

    Kile
     
  16. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    Probably.

    I had one for some Japanese stuff, it was the size of a Glade plug in freshener, maybe a tad bigger. But different countries and there different standards......I mean GEEZ, DOESN'T EVERYONE KNOW WHAT A FOOT EQUALS TO?!?!?!

    NO?

    no?

    :bag:
     
  17. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Well, that depends... my foot or yours?
    ;)

    ~31 cm AFAICare.
    Why can't you use the metric system?
    That has a clear system of converting units... unlike the how many inches are a foot or a yard, how much is a gallon, etc