#1
Quick lowdown. I have a Crate Vintage Club 30 112. Plugged it in today and had no sound. Tried out different guitars, cables, etc, nothing. However, when I cranked up the gain, I could hear the hum, and when I shook it, the sound of the reverb springs came thru. When I plugged my guitar directly into the effects loop (This is the first amp I've seen where the effects loop is just one input), I got a signal (Although, with no control of tone/volume/etc). So, the problem is with either the input or the EQ?

Anyways, my question is, for this next gig, would I do any harm by just plugging my pedalboard and guitar into the loop, using my pedals to control the sound, and keeping it at a low volume? Or will this do harm to the amp?
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#2
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#3
yeah, it's safe. basically, what you're doing is running straight into the poweramp of the amplifier, and this leads me to believe there's something wrong in the preamp section, maybe just a couple bad tubes. running straight into the poweramp is totally fine
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#4
Alright. The sound is pretty bland, so I'll either mess around with my pedals to try and get a decent sound, or I'll just find another amp. All of the tubes are glowing, is there anything else I can check to troubleshoot, or do I just have to wait until a pro can see it?
Telecasters-->Dunlop Volume Pedal-T1M Pearl-AMT Japanese Girl Wah-Line 6 M9-Ibanez DE7-EHX Cathedral-->Mesa Boogie Nomad 4x10 combo