Moving big/heavy amps

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    For cabs, I think this is a good design. But it would be better with big tires. But I suppose a dolly is a better all around tool. And that rotating 3-wheel per side assembly above is very cool.

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    Searching amazon for 'dolly for stairs' brought up some results for that thing. They show up named as 'stair climbing trolley' or 'stair climbing cart'.
     
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    I put casters on all my amps , and cabs no mucking about here , safety first 2 people on all pa cabs while stacking and if stacking units with wheels I built these to stablize the top cabs in place.

    No gig is worth a slipped disc.


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    that is the arrangement I put on my Iso cab to move it, works realy well..


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    I read a comment there where someone said that if the stairs are openback or have protruding lip, these things don't work so great. Maybe a dolly with big wheels would be the most practical way to go.
     
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    This looks to be plenty more awkward than moving any amp or cab I have ever dealt with. Big wheels + skid rails.

     
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    I wish.

    Still thinking on loading/unloading. When I was a kid I worked for a guy tearing down engines. He would go pick them up (alone) using a little swing arm crane with a 12 volt winch mounted in his flatbed and drop them back at the yard using the same. That thing worked great. But I'm probably overthinking it. Most cabs are easily loaded/unloaded by two people. But I have been stuck on occasion doing it alone, and that definitely does suck.
     
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    I get that people have bad backs and old age happens. But when I see some younger dude whining about the weight of a Twin Reverb or whatever I think girlyman. (Hans and Frans refrance) Don't people work anymore?
    Get off my lawn!
    I'm 55 and fortunately can still lug my amps but eventually I'll need a dolly of some sort. When I get one it'll have pneumatic tires so it's not shaking the tubes out of an amp on gravel. Even a paved parking lot is never very smooth.
     
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    I'm in my 40's and have lugged more gear than I can remember. If I had been smarter I would have used a dolly. I like playing music, not so much playing hard-working roady.
     
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    The best way to move a big amp is on Craig's List, then let the new owner cart it! :lol:

    But seriously, hand carts are a PITA. Gravel lots, curbs, door thresholds, storing the cart, banging your equipment with the cart in the van... amp heads falling off the stack, even with a bungie around it.. I could go on and on.
    I have damaged far more equipment using a hand cart than any other way.

    Big stuff? Two people with your hands.
     
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    I have a '93 Hot Rod De Ville 4x10 and a '65 DRRI as my tube amps. Neither is a joy to move around!
     
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