#1
Hello
I bought my very first tube amp about an hour agoand it's pretty good!
It just sounds more real, breathing than my cube 30x.
Now I know tube amps also are alot more fragile than a solid state modeling (which you can throw out your window and then plug in and play) so I was wondering how do I properly use it to make it last long?

For example is it ok to put a tube a whole day on standby, or is it bad to turn it on with the powerswitch every now and then?

Thanks in advance
#2
Tube amps are not more fragile.

The circuits are much more robust, tubes may be made of glass but you can throw them at a wall without breaking them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-z_qNNcVz8

EDIT: however, having said that, you should avoid leaving it on Standby for long periods, as this can lead to cathode poisoning (too many electrons in part of the tube). Also, if you have a standby switch, leave it off for 30 seconds when powering on, this prevents against cathode stripping (the opposite of poisoning, electrons getting stolen).

That should do you.
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#3
Just make a habit of turning the power switch on 30 seconds before the stand-by, and also turning the stand-by switch off 5 seconds before the power when you're done. The power-up is to let your valves (tubes) warm up and the power down is just to avoid any nasty pops that aren't exactly damaging, just good habit.
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#4
yeah don't leave it on standby for ages as gordon said, that'll do more harm than good.
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I have a friend who swears against moving his whilst powered up. May be good advice too.
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Agreed.

Sorta like standby switches...
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#8
And how about standing in front of a wall, hence covering the ventilation? I guess that's dangerous since the amp produces a lot of heat?
#9
^ I haven't passed out yet standing next to a wall


seriously, though, yeah, ensuring they have some ventilation wouldn't hurt.

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Sorta like standby switches...


I swear I've seen standby switches before
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I swear I've seen standby switches before


I saw that I had left that opening, but figured that most of the folks that give advice here were mature enough to leave such an obvious target alone.

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*The technical assclown part of me argues that you've seen filament preheat switches inconveniently labeled as standby switches, since as has been shown they aren't particularly useful for 'standby' operations... /rant
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