what was burning?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by johnnydenver, Jul 5, 2008.

  1. johnnydenver


    Apr 14, 2008
    hi folks - another amateurish question...

    played a show friday night, and pushed my svt-cl & two 1x15 cabs harder than ever - really loud club.

    i use a bass driver pedal on 1 song - had the levels set too high, and when we reached the chorus and i stepped on it, it really slammed the amp - i was running the svt w/ gain & masters both at 2:00...and then the pedal really put it over the top. after the tune ended, i smelled something burning. for the rest of the set, things seemed fine, but since i've never pushed the rig that hard (it's only my 5th show with it) i was uncertain if i was hearing "svt growl" or a speaker on its way out with a fried voice coil. i have not had a chance to investigate it yet because i don't have access to my rig.

    ya think i partially burnt up a voice coil, or (perish the thought) fried something in the amp?


  2. anderbass


    Dec 20, 2005
    Phoenix. Az.
    I'm guessing you'll still be able to detect a faint burning smell from one or the other.
  3. peterbright


    Jan 23, 2007
    On The Bayou
    As long as you had it set on 4 ohms there should be no problem.
  4. If it's a new amp there could still be dust etc. burning off inside.

    The great part about a tube amp is that you can slam it and overdrive it and it just keeps sounding awesome (rather than melting, as with some styles of amp that rhyme with rolid-mate ;))
  5. johnnydenver


    Apr 14, 2008
    i'm definitely conscious of proper impedance...

    i guess i'm just anticipating problems with my top 15 cab - chinese svt-cl. it's just lightweight and underpowered, but has a cool tone...thanks for the reassurance...
  6. Jerrold Tiers

    Jerrold Tiers

    Nov 14, 2003
    St Louis
    Is there a tweeter in your cab? With a control on it maybe?

    Slamming it hard puts out clipping harmonics and can fry tweeters and controls.
  7. Rick Auricchio

    Rick Auricchio Registered Bass Offender Supporting Member

    If you have the tweeter turned all the way down on the cab, it's possible to fry the L-Pad (tweeter pot). Eden recommends no less than about 20% to avoid this, or just disconnect the tweeter altogether.
  8. johnnydenver


    Apr 14, 2008

    yup - my lower 15 has a tweeter. i'll investigate. i kinda hope that's what it is....it is hissy...