Can I Store a Tube Amp on its Side?

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  1. MilwMark

    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Man. Y’all worry about some weird ****.

    It’ll be fine. How do you think amps get from the factory to stores? Teleportation?

    Have you ever looked inside a tour bus or van? It’s like Tetris in there.

    And on tour there is no way to keep gear in carefully air conditioned pristine indoor conditions.

    It’s robust gear that survives robust conditions just fine.
     
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    magicfingers99 Friend of Leo's

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    Nope, all the electricity will leak out, if you have a reverb tank and its not sealed, all the reverb will leak out. All the magnetism on the speakers go to one side and then your speaker will be out of phase.

    pluse any cockroaches or other vermin will be disoriented and likely to complain...
     
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    Bands ship their gear in tractor trailers. Yes it gets hot, but not enough to be a problem.
     
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    Anyone remember that old Vox commercial, where they kick one down a flight of stairs, (I think it was an AC15), and plug into it right after, and it worked just great? I think most tube amps are actually pretty rugged...
     
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  5. magicfingers99

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    you could break a toe doing that...
     
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    you must work for one of those audiophile cable companies... you got all the science
     
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    Anything that can't handle 85C doesn't belong in a tube amp.
     
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    I did this once. All the mojo leaked out. Would not recommend.
     
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    I wouldn't be concerned with the tubes at all. They've been used in all sort of planes, trains & automobiles in the past mounted upright, upside down & sideways. Just check them when you arrive.

    However, my concern when transporting an amp is the speaker & the baffle. I always place it face down so the weight of the speaker isn't putting strain on the baffle or the screws holding it in place. Potholes are everywhere here & while I'm sure the little amount of time my amps are actually in a car isn't much to be worry about, why risk it. It's cheaper and easier to replace a tube that might slip out & break when the jolt that could cause that to happen could just as easily damage a speaker & baffle.
     
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    wrap it in plastic real good, and stick it in a shipping container full of lime jello. if it gets damaged in transit, you can still enjoy the lime jello.
     
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    It's not really advised, something about the freon in the compressor and cooling tubes getting screwed up.
     
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    That is excellent advice.
     
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    Store yes, play no. I was always told the plates don't get rid of their heat properly when running on the side.
     
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    On the other hand, one could think it was the opposite. Heat travels upwards, and the largest surface area would face upwards with the tube on the side. Hanging would be worst in that regard.
     
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