What Kind of Covers Do You Use?

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  1. vashondan

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    For an amp that pretty much stays at home what kind of cover, if any, do you use. In the past I've bought ones from places like Tuki (and they're great) but as I await a PRRI I'm wondering if the regular Fender cover for the amp is sufficient. I worry most about dampness living in the NW.
     
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    Unless you're storing the amp in a sealed container with silica gel packs, ambient humidity will permeate it--no matter whether you use a $200 custom amp cover or the Fender cover. I wouldn't worry about it. Mobile AL gets way more rain than the PNW and nobody down there is taking extreme measures to protect their amps from humidity.

    If you're storing your stuff in a damp basement, that's a whole 'nuther thing, and that is a no-no for any electronics in general.

    For an amp that stays at home, all you need is a dust cover. You can even make your own. A sewing machine is like any other power tool: once you learn how to operate one, you can make all sorts of cool things...like a hat, or a brooch, or a pterodactyl Awwk! Awwk!
     
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    Notwithstanding the sewing machine point you're probably right. i have had tools stored in a plastic container rust on me. They were cheap tools though.
     
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    Down here in Schizophrenic Weather Texas (Hot-Dry-Cold-Wet-Humid-Arid, all in one week), I’ve used a simple Fender cover for 20+ years with no ill effects.
     
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    An amp with a cover isn't getting played enough.

    Moisture? Dampness? Hot tubes take care of that.
     
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    In my defense i only cover them when I'm done for the evening. I tuck them in so to speak :)
     
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    D2F are nice covers, I prefer Studio Slips covers but they are a few more dollars. For an amp that stays home you shouldn't need anything more than a factory dust cover or an old t-shirt.
     
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    Never kept an amp covered. I even got a cover with my SCXD; don't even know what happened to it.
     
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    I generally used covers when I took an amp out. Helps protect from bumps and scrapes when transporting. Of course when I bring them home, they often stay in the cover when stored unless I take it out to play.
    I was very blessed for many years because my mother was a talented seamstress. I would get material and cut it for size, then she would sew the seams for me. Usually used heavy vinyl....once used a Jeep convertible top that wasn't needed. Most of my current amps don't have covers, so I don't use them anymore.
     
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    Sadly the owner of D2F (Tom Palmer) died a couple of years ago and the business no longer exists.

    That being said, I'm of the school of thought that an amp that stays at home doesn't need a cover. I cover them to keep them from getting scuffed up in transit but that's it.
     
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    If you have a tweed amp and a cat (or cats), a cover is probably a good idea. If you know what I'm saying.

    Hell, even is it's a Tolex-covered amp you should have a cover. I cannot count the number of amps I've worked on that a cat has pissed in at some point in its lifetime.
     
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    I never covered my amps until I got a Vox AV60, which has the tube grates on the top of the amp. I cover it to keep dust out of it. I use a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe cover on it, BTW... Fits perfectly.
     
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    Sorry to hear that.
    In Arizona it's dusty and I like to keep covers on them when I can. anything that goes to gigs has a padded cover.
     
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    For home use, I just put a towel over it when not in use. It keeps the dust off, (and keeps dust out of the pots). it comes off in seconds, and is really easy to launder, and put back over the amp. I've been doing this for many years, and my amps always look almost new, because the tolex and control layout are always clean.
     
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    The stock Fender cover suits me fine. My PRRI and DRRI get bumped around my shop and church with short rides on a hand truck. The cover keeps the dust off them when I'm not playing and protects the tolex from scuffs during transport. They're not padded but coated and deflect spills and splashes well enough. I think you're going to love the PRRI BTW.
     
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    Regular plain old stock Fender covers since the ‘60s.
     
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    I make my own but I have an upholstery business thus the materials and equipment. Besides dust, there are other issues, like cats that think grill cloth is a scratching post, and little kids, when my boys were small they put a bunch of small round LEGO bits in the input jacks of my Deluxe Reverb, good thing it was plastic!
    I only found out when I pulled the chassis later.
    I would never store an amp in a damp environment, cover or not.
    To answer the OP question, most any cover should work for your needs.
     
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