Tech People (Joris, Psycho, etc): HELP!!!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by RAM, Oct 5, 2001.

  1. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Last night I was playing through my EBS Fafner/EBS 4x10, and after about 1 hour, I started getting this horrible distortion sound, almost as if someone had stabbed the speaker cone:mad:

    Anyway, I called Mathews and Ryan, who directed me to Manhattan Audio, authorized repair shop for EBS stuff and they told me to ship back my Fafner. I'll do that, but wanted to ask some questions, first...

    Do you have any ideas as to what could potentially cause such problems? At $100/ hour, this will be much would you think I'd be looking at? I only spent $1,000 on the Fafner and don't want to double it in repairs after only 1-1/2 years:(

    Thanks for your help!

  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Eliminate every other problem source first!

    Bad battery in your active bass?

    stuff like that
  3. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    I don't know why, but I never even thought to check that:(

    Can that make such a dramatic impact on the sound that quickly? I would have thought it'd be more gradual. Oh harm in checking it out, anyway, right?;)
  4. Check your battery if you have one, also swap out all cables to eliminate possible causes. Try a different bass. Try to exhaust as many things as possible before you send it in for expensive service. It's probably nothing serious, most internal amp problems are caused by bad solder joints. Also check a different head if you can. That will eliminate (or confirm ) the possiblity of a blown driver...
  5. A battery can go down fairly quickly, depends on the make of battery, and your preamp.
  6. chhogg


    Oct 19, 2001
    I am having a similar problem with my Crate BFX-50 combo. I couldn't have described it better than "as if someone stabbed the speaker with a knife". I have tried three different basses (all passive, so no batteries to replace), and many different cables.

    Also, I have been having this problem intermittently for about a month. Sometimes it is terrible and other times, no problem at all.