Moving big/heavy amps

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  1. trxx

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    Just checking if any of you have come up with nice or clever ways for moving and loading/unloading big amps and speakers to make it less of a chore.
     
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    Furniture dollies/hand trucks are cheaper than roadies. That's about all I got.
     
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    Yea, I think a wide one with big soft wheels would be nice. Along with a strap of course. I remember back in the day toting heavy amps and cabs across a gravel parking lot, up some stairs into a club. We had more back strength and stubbornness than common sense I guess.

    And it seems like a good dolly would have a wide handlebar for helping to prevent the thing from tipping side to side.
     
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    Harbor Freight sells all kinds of casters you can attach to the bottom.
     
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    Professional grade movers dolly and knowing the tricks of the trade. I worked for a friend that owned a specialty moving company off and on. Dude was a master and showed me all the tricks. Hell I'm 60 and have no problem moving a 100 lbs. 412 so long as no stairs are involved. I Don't Do Stairs!
     
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    Yeah buy a hand cart. Depending on the distance of the load in I'll even put my Fender Mustang III V2 on one and wheel it along; and some folks consider that amp to be light. My bottom line is I like to saunter into a gig - not stagger into it. If a load in is particularly arduous then the Mustang will stay home and I'll take a Roland Cube 40XL....the sound guys can mike the damn thing!
     
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    When I've had to, rather than use handles that are placed on the top of the cabinets, I'd bend over and grab the amp or cab in a hug and carry it that way.
     
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    Get someone else to do it. They're called roadies:lol:

    My old band got back together 6 years ago. The only gig-worthy amp I had was my 70lb, 2x12 100W combo.
    I had it laying flat in the back of the car. I leaned over to lift it, bending my knees & keeping my back straight, as recommended...
    and tore my calf muscle. It felt like someone had kicked me in the back of my leg, but there was no-one there.
    I was in agony...and still had the gig to play. I then bought a 1x12 Fender combo & a couple of small lightweight amp heads.
    My huge combo has huge castors, but I still have to lift it in & out the car. So I hardly use it now.
    Try some of these:-
    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148343&icep_item=273915335794
     
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    Yup. Handles on any amp heavier than ~30lbs is useless. Even more so if the amp has extra depth, like a bass amp or PA cab. If it's less than 50lbs, hug it and lift with your legs. If it's heavier, put it on a dolly. It just ain't worth the pain and hassle.

    And casters only work on smooth, level ground. And carpet. Otherwise, USELESS. Get a dolly with big..... tires. :twisted:

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    I disagree. Casters come in all sizes.
    8 inch pneumatic, for example:

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    Casters on the flight cases and a folding hand cart/trolley for moving cabs and boxes of leads.

    These are so useful. Big wheels better for rough paths and grass if playing in marquees.

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    Casters do little to nothing for lifting or moving up/down stairs.

    And who would want to mount huge casters to their amp? Regular casters or road case is plenty for basic placement on a stage. Anything bigger would be both an eyesore and unnecessary modification.

    In any case, when moving heavy appliances, two wheels is often far more efficient and easy to maneuver than four. Once an amp is on stage, casters are there for placement. It's getting to the stage that is the issue.
     
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    Yea, me too. I just did that the other night with a newly acquired (used) Peavey Combo 115. I definitely wouldn't want to do it often though. It is big around and heavy (90 lbs. I think). And lucky me, it didn't have it's original handle, which long since broke. I think I'm going to put a pair of handles on it and maybe some wheels (not casters) if I can figure out a good scheme for it. I'm fine with moving around a 412, but casters suck when there is rough pavement, gravel, or stairs.
     
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    That is genius. I don't imagine it would be great in gravel, but the basic idea is nice. Do you know what it is called?
     
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    Stairs were not part of the original question.
    You objected to small casters, so here's big ones. I'd guess somebody that needed big ones would mount them.
    IME moving equipment from vehicles to stage - wheels are in the way in the vehicle and on stage. They are only handy when moving from point A to point B. They do need to be able to go over door thresholds fairly smoothly. And four wheels are definitely easier to move in tight quarters than two. Have you ever been backed against the wall while trying to turn a hand truck around? It sucks. On a four wheel furniture dolly you simply move to the other side and push in the new direction.
     
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    That is slick!
     
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    I keep a 750lb capacity dolly (and my vast heavy load knowledge from my beer delivery days), and a piano dolly. Both are hugely useful for many projects, AND cheaper than back repair.
     
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