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Rack configuaration question...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by HeavyDuty, Dec 30, 2001.


  1. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I'm thinking of using a lightweight SKB RotoRack three-space effects rack for a Carvin DCM1000 and a SansAmp RBI. Should I mount the power amp on top to protect the RBI because heat rises, or should I put it on the bottom to keep the weight low in the case? Does it matter?
     
  2. I normally put the heavy stuff on the bottom. Does the DCM1000 have vents on the top? If not, then most of the heat should be shot out the back of the amp, and not into the rack. I don't think that it would get hot enough to the point where it would do any damage to other things, before it would get damaged itself.

    jtbp
     
  3. a while back someone bent their skb case because they put too much weight at the top. if your worried about heat you could always flip it over in between songs. :D
     
  4. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Melnibone
    Are you sure the RotoRack is deep enough for the Carvin?
     
  5. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    The guy at MARS told me to always put the power amp on the bottom, don't know what he based that on though.
     
  6. tdogg

    tdogg

    Jan 17, 2001
    Brooklyn Park, MN
    i have the carvin r1000 bass head and i put it in an skb roto-rack with no prob, plenty deep. as far as heat goes, all the hot air goes out the back og the amp so it has not been a problem
     
  7. PJR

    PJR

    Jun 20, 2001
    N.E. PA
    Most (and I stress most...cus there are a few exceptions...) Amp/Head mfrs....design there products with the intent for it to be rack mounted.

    That said......the 'venting' is usually from front to back ......or side to back......

    which means that you can 'rack' gear directly on top.......

    Keep the amp on the bottom.

    Peter
     
  8. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    may i suggest getting the one with wheels? i got a 6 space skb roto with wheels for xmas (only using 2 spaces as of now....GK400RB) and the thing would be kind of akward to carry. i like the wheels.
     
  9. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Thanks for the responses, people.

    LW - wheels? Not like casters, right? What, soes it roll around with a pull-up handle?
     
  10. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    yeah its like a luggage cart style thing, with 2 rolllerblade wheels and a pull up handle. i really like it.

    definatly gets my recommendation