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Who Do I Blame?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by SJan3, May 23, 2020.


  1. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    So, I've been using my MarkBass LM3 the most lately. Yesterday, I decided to switch to my Aguilar Tonehammer 500. Hooked it up to a MB 102p cabinet, powered it up but there was a loud crackling sound when I turned up the Master volume which was on zero. Now, the teeeter won't work. Who do I blame, the amp or the cabinet?
     
  2. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Benz
    Does the speaker still work fine with the other amp?

    Does the TH amp work fine otherwise? Or, is there distortion with the TH amp?

    There may now be two problems.
     
  3. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    I haven't hooked the Markbass head back up yet. I will and report back. Thank you.
     
  4. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    Glad you suggested it. The tweeter seems fine w/ the Markbass head. Afterward, I hooked the Aguilar back up and the tweeter seems to be working as well. Maybe I'm just used to the extended high end of the LittleMark3 vs the Tonehammer.
     
    Last edited: May 23, 2020
  5. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Benz
    The question now is... how did the loud noise occur?
     
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  6. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
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    That, I don't know. I had that head in plastic. I thought that would keep the dust out?
     
  7. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Benz
    Ummm, there's fan cooling on the head, it can not be operated inside a plastic bag. It needs ventilation. This may or may not be related to your problem.
     
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  8. HOOLIGAN

    HOOLIGAN

    Dec 21, 2007
    Cowtown, USA
    Now I’ve seen everything- A rig condom?!?!?!!!
     
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  9. sears

    sears Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2005
    ec, md
    we can eliminate the bass rig as the vector
     
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  10. Bassdirty

    Bassdirty Supporting Member

    Jul 23, 2010
    CT
    Just a guess, but I was thinking that he takes the plastic off when he uses it?..
     
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  11. Samatza

    Samatza

    Apr 15, 2019
    It may have a self resetting fuse for the tweeter. You may have had some moisture build up in the amp causing the crackling sound, this could trip the tweeter fuse and if it's the self resetting type it will come back to normal after a while.

    I can't really find enough info on MB products to tell for sure but I have seen these fuses in use from time to time.
     
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  12. ElMartillo

    ElMartillo

    Nov 23, 2018
    It's always good to assume someone isn't a complete jackass :thumbsup:, besides; there is no hole in the bag at the input jack. That is an indicator the OP isn't powering this up and using it with the plastic on o_O.
     
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  13. Redbrangus

    Redbrangus Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2018
    Under The X In Texas
    Who does one blame? Blame it on the bossa-nova!
     
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  14. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    I don't know if the law applies to bass amp heads but... just sayin ...

    "A man who suffocated his girlfriend by putting a plastic bag over her head has been jailed for 10 years."
     
  15. Popps

    Popps

    Nov 26, 2009
    Never say never...
     
  16. chadds

    chadds

    Mar 18, 2000
    You went there. :)
     
  17. seamonkey

    seamonkey

    Aug 6, 2004
    I have to give you an award for dust avoidance innovation. :)

    I positive the manual has some warnings about ventilation. i.e. don't block the vents, allow enough space for ventilation. etc. but maybe some thermal circuit kicked in before major damage.
     
  18. blame it on the bOOgie!
    The tweeters in those cabinets are very vulnerable to distortion, I blew mine in seconds.
     
  19. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Wikipedia often mistakes my opinions for fact Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    Bay Area, CA
    A second vote on the frailty of the MB tweeters. I had two different MB cabs with tweeter failure within a few months of each other. Neither was stressed at all sonically or physically.

    edit to disambiguate: MB = MarkBass
     
    Last edited: May 26, 2020
  20. Paulabass

    Paulabass

    Sep 18, 2017
    Everybody is a bit OCD, but the wrap suggests it stays on all the time cause there's dust at gigs.
     

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