Best single amp tool?

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  1. King Fan

    King Fan Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    I love specialized amp tools. Seems like I end up buying quite a few every year and some for every new build. So why did it take me so dang long to get one of these?

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    It solves not one but two really frustrating amp problems, that is, mounting and dismounting speakers on studs, and the chassis on chassis bolts. I've done both the last few days, then realized I could get this. Forehead bruised from slapping.

    One thing: 11/32 is not included in many smaller deep socket sets, so look before you leap. Of course, big tool stores will likely have even this odd size as a single item, as does the internet...
     
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    Nice work! I always end up doing something more difficult with a wrench. I don't think I have a deep enough socket. I'm going to see about getting one tomorrow!
     
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    A good ratcheting screwdriver. I don't like using any power tools on equipment but those chassis screws are long suckers and the ratcheting screwdriver is really fast while remaining in control of the feel.
     
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    Fender or Marshall, makes a difference.
     
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    Wait for it........

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    Tho I don't think anyone on this forum is keen to get one of these tomorrow or ever...
     
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    All I've been seeing are the left-handed models...
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    Best single amp tool? Instruction Manual;)

    The only way to get a size socket like that in a set is to get a big complete set. So yes, get a individual one from a tool store that sells all those tools you wish you never knew about and overdrafted your credit card at.:rolleyes:
     
  8. King Fan

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    Well, yes, I guess a sheep castrator might come in handy sometime... :D I've seen that tool pictured in a thread, but I'm darned if I recall what it did.

    I actually did figure this is a Fender thing. Are Marshalls / Vox metric?

    Should mention that for both speaker studs and especially chassis bolts, a simple socket driver (looks like a screwdriver with a ¼" drive on the end) is the handle you need. A ratchet won't fit well (or at all?) and isn't needed here.
     
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    Single tool?, hmmm.

    Multimeter. No!, wait!, light bulb limiter!. Soldering iron!

    Mechanically, a ratcheting screwdriver handle with a selection of bits and a 1/4" ( or whatever the metric equivalent is ) adaptor saves time, frustration and manky wrists.
     
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    single best amp tool...yer ear/s
     
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    I'm still waiting for a decent right handed tape measure.
     
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    I use an 11/32 nutdriver.

    For everything else I refer to this chart

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  15. King Fan

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    Yes to that!!! Sadly though, I got one of those long before I figured out the deep socket thing.

    I guess strain relief pliers are an *obvious, screaming* need once you try without. Those 11/32 nuts are an area where I, at least, was able to 'make do' with the wrong tools.
     
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    Yep, me too. Been using one for at least a decade. Gawd I must have used it 100's of times by now. Usually on the cordless drill with a long 1/4 extension.
     
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    What I still need is something for Fender amp pilot light socket tightening... fortunately I dont do that often
     
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    The deep socket was pretty long ago, maybe in response to punching a hole in a cone with a stud.
    Of course the socket wouldn't prevent the hole punching, but it raises the speed and lowers the frustration which raises the precision and lowers the chance of punching.

    The other tool I chose was a big box o' T nuts to replace all those studs.
    I don't hate much but I do hate those pointy little studs.
    WRT Marshall/ Vox being metric, AFAIK they all use T nuts (though I haven't worked on Chinese amps), but Marshall chose very special screws called cheese head screws.
    They are only made in small batches in England, and are neither metric nor SAE, so you must buy expensive imperials if you lose one.
    Or if you bugger the cheese head.
    Restoring a 1970 1960b cab I actually drilled out all those T nut holes and installed bigger murican T nuts, and I've got boxes of 1" and 1 1/4" #10 24 oval head screws and washers for when they get lost, or I swap in a cast frame and need a longer screw.

    I think choosing to buy expendables in boxes of 100 was my smartest tool purchase!
    That and a tote to keep machine fasteners in...
     
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    That would be like every sixty years?
    I could see buying the right tool for that!

    Not amps but I do recall briefly considering fabbing up whatever the tool is for installing Tele jack cups, before scrapping that and tossing them all.
     
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    Mission amps used to sell the right tool for exactly this task. Couldn't find a functioning link though.

    The 4" offset needle-nose vise grip works well for the job as well (I don't do it that often either, 2x a year maybe)
     
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