#1
I have two Raven RG20 amps I got on special cheap when I bought my first electric guitar (about 2-3 years ago). Both of them just shorted out stone dead five minutes ago.

I plugged the first amp into a wall outlet without any input attached. It must have been on while unplugged by accident, cause when I plugged in, it hummed like an input chord was only half pushed in and died. I fiddle with it for about ten minutes, got pissed off and kicked it weakly, and got the other amp.

The second amp I plugged into a different outlet but with a power surge (like I usually do) and when I turned the amp's power on it hummed and died as well.


I have little to no experience with actual amps. I hardly ever use an amp while playing anymore because I moved about a year ago and didn't have any space in my room to set up.

The first amp that died I actually have used periodically every two weeks or so on the weekends, including two weeks ago I believe. the second amp I tried has been sitting around like an end table since I moved in here a year ago.

Do solid state amps just fry if you don't use them often enough?

What's the deal here? I read somewhere that it may have been the main
capacitor in the power supply failing and that's what causes the hum right before death.

Thanks

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#2
Quote by BrekfastoChumps
I have two Raven RG20 amps ...

I think I found your problem...
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#3
But srsly, I've gone through two solid state amps, they don't last as long as you'd think.
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#4
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I think I found your problem...


How is that his problem? Perhaps you should enlighten us on this.
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#5
ollololol ravens R teh gheyz

Have you tried changing the fuses?

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Quote by Pyrax87
I think I found your problem...


Oh yes, I didn't think an $80 amp would go very far anyways.

Quote by Chrisiphone
Have you tried changing the fuses?


Haven't done a thing yet. Could you clarify please? I'm electronicsdumb. Too many books, not enough TV.


...Anyways I guess I have some new end tables.

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#7
Actually their clean sounds are quite stellar. Any kind of distortion sounds quite.... iffy... Though.
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#8
The user manual should be able to tell you were the fuse is. They are super easy to change and you can get them at Radio Shack for a dollar two forty seven. I seriously doubt it is any kind of capacitor. If a new fuse doens't fix 'em up then it is time for a new amp.

It is possible your house does not like ravens and is killing them.


PS: there are some solid state amps out there - Like the Roland Jazz Chorus that could easily out live you but yes, the Ravens are kind of cheap so this doesn't really surprise me.
#9
Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
The user manual should be able to tell you were the fuse is.

I just knew I'd have to go through that filing cabinet of junk at some point.

Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
They are super easy to change and you can get them at Radio Shack for a dollar two forty seven. I seriously doubt it is any kind of capacitor. If a new fuse doens't fix 'em up then it is time for a new amp.


Thanks for the help, bro.

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It is possible your house does not like ravens and is killing them.

... The neighbor's cat was sitting next to it this morning... growling.

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#10
it sounds to me like two completely separate suicide pacts honestly.

so not 2 amps 1 pact.
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Quote by gregs1020
it sounds to me like two completely separate suicide pacts honestly.

so not 2 amps 1 pact.


Thank you for that, I wouldn't have slept so easily tonight otherwise.

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Quote by BrekfastoChumps
I just knew I'd have to go through that filing cabinet of junk at some point.


Thanks for the help, bro.


... The neighbor's cat was sitting next to it this morning... growling.

Manual should be on-line

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#13
Quote by Pyrax87
But srsly, I've gone through two solid state amps, they don't last as long as you'd think.

That's funny you say that, I know plenty of Vettas, VH140Cs, Randall 100s, and Jazz Choruses that are still going strong after many, many years.
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... The neighbor's cat was sitting next to it this morning... growling.

thats my kind of cat!
#15
Two amps die within 5 minutes of plugging them into the same wall outlet? Coincidence? What are the chances? I'd be asking wtf is going on with this outlet?
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#16
I thought it might have been that outlet too, that's why I used a different outlet (same room tho) on the second amp.

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#17
Quote by BrekfastoChumps
I thought it might have been that outlet too, that's why I used a different outlet (same room tho) on the second amp.

Two outlets in the same room are likely on the same breaker. That's worth looking into.
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Two outlets in the same room are likely on the same breaker. That's worth looking into.


Thanks for the heads up. There's an entire TV/DVD setup plugged into one of the outlets I tried but they were okay.

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#20
It's aliens.
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#21
Quote by kyle62
Was your house built on the site of an ancient burial ground?


Quote by cathbard
It's aliens.


Lulz.


It was a blown fuse on both of them.

I pried 'em out yesterday and ordered new ones from a local electronics store.
When the order comes in I'll know for sure if my house is haunted by dead aliens who dislike rock music.

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#23
What kind of fuses were they? I'm having the same issue but the fuse doesn't have information on it that anyone is understanding.

It just says ST315L 250V. No one knows how many amps it is.
#24
^ Don't bump old threads bro

Next time, try sending someone a PM or just start your own thread. The chance of this guy seeing your post in here is slim.

A quick Google search suggested this site as a source of information:

http://www.findchips.com/avail/?part=st315&partner=18&utm_source=18&utm_medium=Link

It looks to me that it is .315 amps