what rack for a 400+,and a flight of stairs?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by tonrutoo, Jul 6, 2003.

  1. tonrutoo


    Apr 18, 2003
    hey guys.
    my current set up was a little rushed,and i got an SKB 6 space.the 400+ on the bottom(4 spaces),LED light(1 space),and a power conditioner(1 space)on top fill the rack.
    frankly i'm a little worried about ventillation as this rack is tight on the side where the fan is located.
    suggestions/comment welcome,thanks.
  2. I would be concerned too. You could make a hole on the side of the skb or buy a regular home cooling fan and point it at the back of the rack.
  3. The Gundorf 4 space wood rack has about an inch on both sides, but the top slots of the amp is blocked. There seems to be plenty of vent. from the sides and the back. The tubes closer to the fan are cooler, but no ill effects. SKB racks block the fan inlet. I tried this too.
  4. ihixulu

    ihixulu Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2000
    South Shore MA
    How are the Anvil/Calzone (non-shockmount) cases in terms of venting?
  5. The Boogie has a variable fan for this situation built in. It says in the manual that if the head is racked with other equipment and free air circulation is reduced, run the fan on high. The switch for the fan you will find on the back of the amp. I mean its a bit obvious what I stated but I thought that if its in the manual maybe the heat problem, providing the fan is on, is ok.
  6. Big String

    Big String Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2000
    Northwest Indiana

    Your SKB is fine. I have the exact same case and my 400+ sit on the bottom also. Here is what you do. Take everything out of the case and make sure you know which side the fan of the amp is on. Take out the handle assembly from that side it come apart. Take the plastic dish part where your hand fits in around the handle. That dish or bowl part sits right next to the fan. Take a 1/4" drill and start drilling holes in the flat section only about a half inch apart. The next row drill in between those holes. The next row go back to the original pattern and you see a X type pattern of like the five on a dice. Clean out any loose plastic shaving from the holes and case so not to get sucked in the amp.

    This works great for mine. The only draw back is if it is raining or snowing be careful not to let any wettness get inside the amp via the vent holes. You can slip some thin cardboard or something during transport if you like. It has never been a problem for me and I live in NW Indiana were there is an abundance of snow rain and pollution... even spilled beer. I never put drinks on my rig...ever.
  7. tonrutoo


    Apr 18, 2003
    thanks guys,and thanks a million Big String.
    just wanted to let y'all know i've finally got my rig to functional status.here she is:
    Ric 4003 jetglo lefty
    Mesa/Boogie 400+
    and finally...
    Epifani T-115.
    it's taken me a while to get this rig(my first)together,but i wanted to get all my elements in alignment.now it's up to me as a player.
    this board has been invaluable.-:)