Originally Posted by claytushaywood
for all the naysayers saying you absolutely cannot go up- SRV ran a 2ohm transformer with an 8 ohm speaker load in some of his amps. and he cranked them up. but of course diaz himself would change the tubes midshow with oven mitts.
and yes it's one 8 ohm speaker with a 4ohm transformer. sorry i should have been more clear
This is definitely a popular thing to do, on purpose, for a particular effect. and I am absolutely positive it wont kill MY amp... being a vintage fender. this is not a modern production crate or an amp that cant take some abuse. Tons of people do this, on purpose, for the effect.
I'm really not interested in the naysaying unless you actually have personal experience- not someone that brought you an amp that said this was broken and this is why.
I'm really looking for people that do this or have done this and know what the effect on tube life is, if any.
Thanks for the posts so far guys. and jefrs would 50% be a 4ohm tranny with a 6ohm load and 100% be a 4ohm 8ohm deal?
I've been running my '74 Deluxe Reverb that has a 4-ohm OT into a single 8-ohm speaker for the last two months, playing lound (master at "10", gain at 7) for a couple hours at a time and the tubes (old GE's) sound good still (as of yesterday.)