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Amp storage ideas?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by clintj, Nov 18, 2017.

  1. clintj

    clintj Friend of Leo's

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    Ah, there we go. Downloaded Photo Editor for Android.

    30 bucks from Target, and each shelf is rated to 25lbs. Gives me a better place to store my music library, too. I can store the 18W head on the 1x12 cab for now. IMG_20171119_123357.jpg
     
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    I like the adjustable metal shelving in @keithb7 and @Frodebro pics.
    Those are strong and stable for probably the best price compared to other versatile options. They are designed for institutional kitchens and deep so less likely to tip forward.
    At home though I put cabs on wheeled dolly's and stack heads above, because I don't have a single dedicated music room, so amps are all over the house including a Marshall half stack in the living room.
    For dollies I use the Ernie Ball caster sets as cheap and great quality, removable for combos too, but i don't drill a vintage cab, instead cutting a suitable sized piece of 3/4" plywood and doubling it at the ends.
    Sadly some of my amps live unused in the garage, and others are setup ready to play in the basement.
    Seems I'm not as amp rich as @BryMelvin though, down to a tractor trailer size shipping container full of amps?
    Stacked how high?

    Speaking of high stacking, back in the '80s I worked in a furniture shop and we had old stock shelving in a row all connected at the top, but not connected to a wall.
    One day the foreman was in between the rows and the whole line of shelves fell as a unit with him left half standing in the dust cloud, uninjured.
    A well learned lesson in shelving stability.
     
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    its a key transposition chart , plus it doubles to tell me the notes of a chord as well, really usefull at a glance , want to play a I-IV-V in F# there it is
     
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    And the guitars are all backwards :eek:

    On the project list is redoing my practice room and I'm planning on something like this (I'll build it sized for some amps, large at the bottom and small at the top).

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    This is interesting (need larger shelves)

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    IKEA has some wall and corner shelves too.
     
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    Clint, I would be concerned about ventilation there....unless the back is open...or you can put some opening/s in it.
     
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    Drool... Heads work great on shelves like these thanks to good airflow. How do you get the cabs to not sound funky? Mine tend to only sound "normal" sitting on the floor tipped slightly back.
     
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    To be honest, the gear on those racks doesn't get a lot of use anymore, I use my Kemper 99% of the time and only fire up the tube amps periodically to keep the capacitors healthy. For those times when I do get the itch to play one of the tube amps for a while I'll take it off the shelf and pair it up with a cab on the floor (I also have a few 1x12s). Currently the 4x12 is connected to the (powered) Kemper, and it sounds really good even though it's not coupled to the floor.
     
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    Oh, they're just stored there. I plan on pulling them out for use, along with pulling the speaker cab away from the wall. I don't want that natural bass boost that being that close to a wall brings. I just wanted some way to organize them rather than have them perched on top of various flat objects around the room.
     
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    Stack them, put them next to each other, put 'em on racks, turn them on end...

    But if they're tube amps get them away from those *@&Y$%$ walls! And don't back them up to each other.

    Unless you have ventilation fans blowing into tight spaces behind them you stand serious chance of overheating tubes and filter caps - plus circuit board in PCB amps with board-mounted tubes - which can cook off transformers, which emit some really lovely smoke.

    Leave at least 3-4 inches clearance if they are on the floor, and 6" or more if you're stacking them or using racks. The more you place near each other the more ventilation you need because you are reducing air movement. And if you turn multiple ones on, the top ones will get the worst of the heat. With lots of amps in the same place fans fans should be placed at both sides blowing in.

    And enclosed shelves are a bad place, period.
     
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    Ok, I'll try this again. I was looking for ideas for STORAGE. They do not get left arranged like that when being played, they get moved out into the room where they can breathe and sound better. Then put back when I'm done with them. I don't have the room space to leave them out in the room when they're not being used.
     
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    Point taken. In my case, cabs and combos take up the most real estate. I would suggest low, wide, deep shelves. This way you can lay the combos and cabinets on their backs, handles out and slide them into the shelf for more compact storage. Alternatively, you could stand them on end handles out in tall, narrow, deep shelves. In either orientation, cover the bottom of the shelving with something soft and smooth to protect the tolex when sliding them in/out.
     
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    For storage I may be in better shape than some, with 9' wide closets in 2 rooms and a 7-footer in an entryway. But even out in a room I'd go side-by side or in front of each other as much as possible. I'd only stack them if they are secure - a rack would be out of the question unless it was attached to the wall and the amps had straps across the front.

    Combos tend to be top-heavy and it's a bad idea to have them "unguarded" or with only a small bottom lip keeping them in place. I only stack them to play or in one of the closets where they can't fall forward.
     
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    The old idea that gear goes in a special room has got to end.
    Get rid of unimportant stuff like TV, couches, dining room set, and replace them with drums, amps, mics and PA.
    The only real problem with this is deaf pets and maybe divorce.
     
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    Or we could just repurpose the PA gear for a killer surround sound system between gigs. :D
     
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    A pair of Crowns and some voice of the theater folded horns?

    My better stereo amp is an old tube Scott 222, but I'm scared of what might happen if I connect it to the plastic TV.
     
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    I was thinking a few power amps, seven 12" main/monitor cabs and an 18" sub. Dolby 7.1 with that much speaker power would probably get the cops called for sure. It'd certainly dwarf my 7x125W receiver and bookshelf sized satellites.
     
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    In my office I built some cabinets that hold a couple maps a piece. I also have a storage room that they're just thrown in - so I'm interested in solutions as well.

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    I'm divorced. You should see my living room. ;)
     
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    We should change this thread to amp porn
     
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    At my house - Duh!
     
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