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#401
I found a serial breakdown for Splawns, and mine was built in 2008. When was the volume loop introduced?
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#403
Damn that was a quick reply


Mine doesn't have it, so I'm curious. It's number 755, I guess it's an earlier '08 then since no loop volume
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#405
The 755 was the last 3 numbers haha, the full serial is 108755. Making it a 2008 model without the loop volume.
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#409
I hate every one of you guys.

I've been waiting for a Splawn to show up used in my area. I got tired of waiting and purchased another amp... and boom... a Quick Rod shows up 30 minutes from me for the price I was hoping to find one.

Last edited by cheesefries at Feb 10, 2014,
#410
Quote by cheesefries
I hate every one of you guys.

I've been waiting for a Splawn to show up used in my area. I got tired of waiting and purchased another amp... and boom... a Quick Rod shows up 30 minutes from me for the price I was hoping to find one.


You got a ?
#414
Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
New Nitro?



That is cool but I'd rather a 50 watt version
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#416
Holy crap it's been a long time since I've been here! Good to see this thread back on the first page.

Well, my QR is down at the moment unfortunately. It fried a couple power tubes on me. I haven't biased it in a long time, but when I did it was set to the recommended 30-31 mA and worked fine for a long time. Recently I had some electrical issues in the shop I practiced in, and I'm afraid that may have caused some damage to the amp.

Looks like a call to Splawn is in order. I don't know of anyone here in Arkansas who can work on these things.

End of sob story. Glad to be back!
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#417
^ good to see ya

sorry to hear about your Splawn

Did you buy it new? If so, you may be able to take it to an authorized dealer. There are none in Arkansas though.

If you bought it used, then it doesn't matter. Just take to a reputable tech and find out what is wrong. If I had to guess, I'd say it is a blown resistor or fuse. Fuses are easy to replace. Get a handful of spare fuses and some extra power tubes. You need those laying around anyway.

Good luck mang!
Last edited by 311ZOSOVHJH at Sep 2, 2015,
#418
I bought it new from Blues City Music in Memphis. They are a dealer (or at least were back then, it's been about 6 years ago).

I'll give the fuses a look, hadn't thought about that yet. Thanks for the pointer.
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#419
^ I don't see them on the Splawn dealer page but that doesn't mean they don't still support them.

http://splawnguitars.com/dealers.htm

Sucks that you may have to ship it somewhere though. I'd be happy to try to help troubleshoot it with you but keep in mind I am not a tech and I am not an EE. Just a basement warrior who's picked up some pointers over the years.

First of all - I have a biasing blog in my profile that has some safety tips
Did the tubes die while you were playing the amp?
How do you know the tubes died? Did they die in pairs? How many?
Locate the mains fuse on the back of the amp. Jot that model down and go get some from Radio Shack or whatever.
See if mains fuse is blown. If not, move on to power tubes. Feel free to replace fuse anyway.
If mains fuse is blown then take all the power tubes out and put a new fuse in.
Power up and see what happens to fuse.
Put two known good power tubes in the middle two positions and set amp to half power.
Drop your ohms in half. Half of what you normally would set it at.
Power up and see what happens.

If at this point you have no success then the next steps (more dangerous steps) is to take the amp chassis out of the headshell.

Now you will be looking for any high tension fuses near the power supply side of the amp. Take them out and inspect them. Jot down the model and get some more of those as well. Replace as needed.

Inspect the internal side of the amp carefully.

Put one hand in your pocket.
Get a chop stick, pencil, wooden spoon, etc.
You are now looking for any blown resistors, scarring, black residue, burnt wires, etc. Start on the power supply side - moving toward the filter caps, screen grid resistors, preamp, output transformer etc.

If you are still at a loss by this point and the amp still makes no sound - then ship it off to Scott.

You shouldn't void your warranty by doing some preliminary investigative work. Obviously call Scott first. He can be hard to get a hold of lately. Try early in the morning or later at night. He may tell you to do nothing and ship it to him immediately

Hope that helps.
#421
Like any other amp brand - they will have issues every now and then.

Most of the stuff I see is over on the Splawn proboards (which is very quiet these days).

Usually it has something to do with the stock tubes. No offense to Sino and Ruby but he does use those a lot. If you have a warranty then you get good support if not great support but you will be without your Splawn for awhile. Luckily RedBaron here has some other amps to use
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#423
311, thanks for that info. That site is very helpful.

Ok, so here's a little rundown on what happened. A few months ago, I was in band practice, about to fire the QR up and start playing. Amp is on standby. As soon as I flip the standby switch to on I hear a very loud pop followed immediately by a loud hum. At the same time I saw a bright flash in one of the power tubes (the amp was in front of a mirror), and I think it immediately redplated. It was one of the middle tubes. I quickly shut the amp down and retired it for the night.

Fast forward a couple months where I didn't play the amp at all, it just sat in the floor. Thinking that what happened was just an old tube going bad - they were those cheap Chinese Valve Arts tubes - I replaced all 4 power tubes with another set I had bought from Splawn and got the amp ready to jam with a friend. IIRC that set was the same rating from Splawn as the other set. I played it for about 30 minutes with no issues, then shut it off til jam time. I fired it up again and got maybe 10 minutes of play time on it until I started to hear a loud hum and began to smell a burning smell. I shut the amp down, opened the back panel and pulled the power tubes; the 2nd one from the left was burned pretty good inside the tube.

So that brings me to now. I've had other projects and stuff to do and no gigs to worry about, so this has been on the back burner for a while. I checked the two fuses on the back panel yesterday, both were ok. I think I'm gonna go ahead and open the amp up and look inside. We'll see how it goes from there. Once again thanks for the help!
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#424
Oh wow. OK. Yeah. Def tech time.

If you saw red-plating and smelled smoke then that's that. Take it to a qualified technician under your warranty guidelines (Scott like you said). Just trying to give you some alternatives. If I had to guess, a crap tube messed up the bias, blew a tube, and took a screen grid resistor with it.

Now the question becomes, did you explain what happened to Scott or did you just buy a new quad from him.

Pro tip - don't buy tubes from him. He's a great guy and he's been super helpful to me over the years but there are other places you can buy tubes. I don't think he uses the greatest tubes either. Valve Art? Really? For instance, you can get JJ's at www.eurotubes.com. Just ask for a matched quad in the 30-35 mA range. Same for Doug at www.dougstubes.com. I trust Doug a lot and he has a good selection. Likewise, Laura at www.thevalvequeen.com. Laura has her own tester now and matches tubes in conjunction with her Splawn Nitro; although, she doesn't have quite the selection. There are others out there too.

If I had a tube red-plate I would be super paranoid that something else blew and I would be very hesitant to put any more tubes in without diving in a bit deeper. Tubes usually do not blow like that without a reason. Now, if you explained all of that to Scott - then that's another story. But still...

Good luck. Again, I'm not a tech so Scott may tell you that I'm full of crap

Keep us posted and feel free to PM me. Also, I don't live too far from you FYI.
Last edited by 311ZOSOVHJH at Sep 3, 2015,
#425
I haven't called Scott about this issue yet. I bought those tubes from him a long time before any of this developed. Before all this came up I was planning to buy a matched quad of JJs and a matched quad of Winged Cs and try them both but I never got around to it.

I'll definitely keep everyone posted on how this turns out. I'm working slow so it will probably be after labor day before I try to call Splawn.

Where do you live 311?
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#426
I have =C= in my Splawn now. They are too expensive these days though for me to consider getting them again. I will probably go for JJ EL34Ls next as I've heard good things about them. All of my 6L6 power tubes are JJ (Mesa and Vypyr). I had Mullards in the Splawn as well. Laura recommends Ruby STRs a lot.

Also, I run my amp at 50 watts. I used to have a cheap bias probe from Eurotubes but have since replaced it with a Weber probe. Highly recommend those kits. Not sure if maybe you and I have already talked about that.
Last edited by 311ZOSOVHJH at Jan 23, 2016,
#427
Apparently SED quit making tubes February of last year. Shows how long I've been out of the tube game! I don't know whether to grab a quad now before they go even higher or not...

My QR came with the Russian Mullards. They're actually not bad tubes. Definitely not a British Mullard, but not bad nonetheless. I have a pair of JJ E34Ls and 6CA7s that I swap out in my Stiletto. Both sound very nice.

As for bias probes, I have one of Eurotubes' probe/meters. I don't think it worked quite right in the first place. I've looked at the Weber kit, it's something else I planned to buy but never got around to it. Might be time to grab one.
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#428
UPDATE!!!

Ok so it's not really much of an update. I pulled the amp out of the shell, flipped it over and started looking. Nothing seemed out of place: no leads or wires looked burned, no caps or resistors looked damaged, nothing. The only thing was that the tube sockets looked slightly browned, like you would expect from a few years of use. I checked the fuses on the back panel, both were ok. Bought some replacements anyway, just in case. I didn't see any other fuses inside the amp anywhere, so I guess the ones on the back are the only ones, unless there are some tucked away on the back side of one of those circuit boards inside.

I still have yet to call Splawn; I'm lazy and I keep putting this off partly b/c I don't want to know what kind of financial damage this'll do. I need that cash for other stuff at the moment. I'll get around to it eventually, promise.

Anyways, just wanted to keep y'all in the loop. Thanks for your help so far.
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#429
So the tube sockets looked 'more' brown than before at some other point in time? I can't remember if mine are pure white or not. I think not. I also can't remember if there were any other fuses in there or not. I would get the request process started with Scott as that could take a while. Shouldn't cost too much at all - under warranty. Good luck man...I'm pulling for you.
#430
Try cleaning the tube sockets first. You know how to do that, don't you?
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#431
311, I don't really have a point of reference for the sockets. They didn't really look like they had been burned, just normal wear and tear the best I could tell.

Cath, each time I change a tube I spray contact cleaner on the pins and work the tube in and out of the socket a few times. Is that what you mean?
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#432
Yes it is.
Check the screen resistors.
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#435
So I'm browsing around in the Splawn forums and I see a couple of new threads under the 'Newborn' section which is basically where people post their new Splawns. There are two threads there by a guy with a username of tree. He posts this with no other information:


(mini Nitro)


and then this:




Again, with no info and the Splawn logo at the bottom of the picture. This first one is a Nitro 'Mini' and the second one is a rack they make now. So I figured it must be someone who works at Splawn right? Then I just happen to pop into the 'Clips' section and I see thread from the same tree guy. I follow the link and I'm shocked to find out that it was Scott Splawn all along. Check out his playing here below. He's on the guitarist on the right (stage left) with the red Charvel guitar. Just so happens the bass player plays a Splawn Quick Rod too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StFD9MH5P38

Damn that is tasty
Last edited by 311ZOSOVHJH at Jan 23, 2016,