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Storing a cab in the car or garage

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by sears, May 12, 2018.


  1. sears

    sears Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2005
    ec, md
    Is taking care of a bass cabinet somewhat like taking care of a resonating musical instrument? It's made of wood and glue just like an acoustic guitar, and I wouldn't keep the guitar in the garage or leave it in the car, right?
     
  2. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    Depends upon the garage. Dampness and mice are not the friends of an amp. But reasonable temperature changes are not a big issue.
     
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  3. Roland GR 88

    Roland GR 88

    Sep 16, 2013
    Toronto
    Err, no.
    An acoustic has tolerances measured in 64ths of an inch. Cabinets, not so much.
     
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  4. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    I know lots of cats that leave their cab in the garage. Just make sure it warms up to room temperature before blasting it and you should be fine.
     
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  5. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    I never left my golf clubs in my car, nor my garage...

    ... not going to happen with any music equipment, neither...

    ... maybe, a pick... or, a strap.
     
  6. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I think that falls into the category of "you could, but why take the chance."
     
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  7. five7

    five7 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2009
    denver
    When it is in a 40 foot trailer and it works night after night I don't think you need to take it inside your house.
     
  8. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    Absolutely! I failed to do this and cracked a surround on one driver in each of the 2x10s that I use.
     
  9. My gigging 8 10 e has been stored in a trailer or the back of my P.U. truck under a cap for about 8 years now. My Peavey Mark 6 amp (back up) has been right beside it. If they weighed 15 lbs, I would probably take them inside..... but they don't. No problems so far. If there ever is , you can bet I will be griping about here.
     
  10. Paulabass

    Paulabass

    Sep 18, 2017
    Forty years in the p.a. business. Cabs sit in trucks over night at 30 below. They get snowed on on loading docks, one flying rig stayed up for 48 hours at -15.
    Frozen cables are a bigger threat and expense than cabinets- they are pretty tough.
    If youre worried, let them aclimate inside for a bit, but that's more for your peace of mind than the cabinet's.
     
  11. MrLenny1

    MrLenny1

    Jan 17, 2009
    N.H.
    Mine is in the trunk for the last 10 years.
    Just let it wwarm up to room temp. before
    playing it.
     
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  12. David A. Davis

    David A. Davis Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Summerville, SC
    What about hot storage. Everyone keeps talking about cold.
     
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  13. Paulabass

    Paulabass

    Sep 18, 2017
    ^ good point. I've had rat fur glue melt in the heat, but nothing serious.
     
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  14. JRA

    JRA my words = my opinion Supporting Member

    i've been 'storing' rigs/band gear/PA equipment in garages, sheds, storage units, basements, yada yada since i was a kid (early 60's) and have never had an issue: except when water/dampness was manifest.

    i think 'storage' issues are mostly opportunities to use some common sense.
     
  15. Remember that we have speakers, a radio and other electronics in our cars as standard equipment and they go through 100+ heat and well below freezing for years with very little to no issues. Just watch in a garage for moisture/water damage and rodents.
    Plug your ports.
     
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  16. Living in Jacksonville, FL, my biggest concern, as gross as it sounds, are durned bugs and rodents getting at gear left outside of my relatively clean living spaces. I've seen speaker surrounds consumed in a matter of days when left in a trailer.
     
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  17. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Wow, my choice has nothing to do with climate, but in this day and age leaving anything in a car is kinda foolish. I play 4 nights a week and still put my gear in my basement every night. No way I'm taking a chance on getting to the gig with an empty trunk.
     
  18. JoeWPgh

    JoeWPgh

    Dec 21, 2012
    Unless your garage is excessively damp/wet. I wouldn't worry about it.
     
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  19. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    Hell no. Just make sure it doesnt get wet
     
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  20. sears

    sears Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2005
    ec, md
    I started this thread because I will have a house with a garage soon. I would love to keep it in there. Heat and humidity worry me more than cold. I would be stoked to keep it there.
     
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