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Safe to turn an amp head off while the fan is running? + Leaving amp on all night

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by soong, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. soong


    May 10, 2007
    Hi guys, apologise if this has been mentioned before. Tried searching.

    Is it safe to turn my amp off while the fan is running, or should I leave it until it cools? If the latter, I'm guessing it'd make packing kinda hard when its the end of the night and the fan is running. It is a Hartke TX600. It says its a Tube preamplifier but doesn't have a standby switch.

    Also, do you guys leave your amps on during breaks at gigs?

  2. Shut it down. If it's gasping for a breath (which it shouldn't be), it'll cool down. Preamp tubes last for years.
    I don't shut mine off; powering up again is just more power surging on the stage venue... and we've all experienced those blown breakers on stage.

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