#1
I have a pretty low end Randall rg-35. Even though I know it's not the nicest amp I love the tone I get out of it. The only problem I'm having is I'm not getting enough volume and to remedy that I'd like to cut up the amp as well as another amp, build a 2x12 cabinet and have each amp power one of the speakers. I guess what I'm asking is, does anyone have experience chaining two smaller amps together? Via the inputs or the signal out on the back of the amp? Any advice? I'm not looking for a new amp all together because this is really producing the sound I want right now just not as loud as it needs to be.
#2
they sell power amp and speaker setups specifically for what you want to do. your amp also has a 'signal out' jack on the back of it for specifically what you want to do.



this never works out this way, usually there is almost always some kinda hangup that keeps the solution from being simple.

my advice is not to 'cut up' any amps, just get something like a sansamp power engine and plug the 'signal out' from the randall into it.
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^This. 4,573 times easier, and does the same exact thing.
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#4
What exactly is a sansamp? Is it sort of like that .44 magnum pedal/head? I really want to start my tone searching adventure, and I was thinking the whole cutting and blending of two amps would be a good start. Especially if they aren't worth much to anyone but me. But thanks for the advice and high five!
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Quote by DanteGuzzardi
What exactly is a sansamp? Is it sort of like that .44 magnum pedal/head?


sansamp is a company that specializes in preamps, specifically they emulate other popular amplifiers.

that particular product i referenced is just a power amp and speaker though, it has no preamp at all. it is designed be a power amp for their (or anyones) preamp. you would just run your signal out directly into it and bam, your rg35 is louder.

http://tech21nyc.com/products/powerengine/powerengine60.html

i gave this advice because it seemed like all you wanted to do was make the rg35 louder.

Quote by DanteGuzzardi
I really want to start my tone searching adventure, and I was thinking the whole cutting and blending of two amps would be a good start. Especially if they aren't worth much to anyone but me.


if you want to use multiple amps you wouldn't really 'chain' them together. running two amps in series is a complicated and potentially damaging idea. usually chaining one amp into the other will not provide desired results.

if you want to safely run two different amps playing at the same time you would run them in parallel or in stereo. you would split the signal before it ever got to the amp with something like an A/B/Y box.

of course even running a stereo setup would not require 'cutting'. maybe i am misunderstanding what cutting means. do you mean to actually unhouse the amplifiers and remount them in bigger box together? i don't really see the purpose of doing that, i actually like to spatially separate my amplifiers when i ran a stereo setup in order to exaggerate the stereo effect.
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The stereo concept is a neat idea. I didn't think about it that way, I was just thinking of one tone coming from one amp, but it just happens to be two amps. I guess I have to think a little harder about what I want out of this. But an A/B/Y box doesn't diminish the sound? Doesn't a Y cable split the sgnal and decrease it a little?
#7
And the concept of cutting is mostly just for aesthetics. If it's going to be my amp it has to look like my amp doesn't it?
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Quote by DanteGuzzardi
The stereo concept is a neat idea. I didn't think about it that way, I was just thinking of one tone coming from one amp, but it just happens to be two amps. I guess I have to think a little harder about what I want out of this. But an A/B/Y box doesn't diminish the sound? Doesn't a Y cable split the sgnal and decrease it a little?


i never noticed an issue with my A/B/Y, i ran a stereo (even 3 way) amp setup for a long time and never noticed a weak signal problem.

if you are really concerned you can get a buffered A/B/Y box

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifiers-effects/radial-engineering-bones-r800-7115-twin-city-a-b-y-footswitch

Quote by DanteGuzzardi
And the concept of cutting is mostly just for aesthetics. If it's going to be my amp it has to look like my amp doesn't it?


sure, it is something that can be done.

it can also get in the way though, like if you do want to do a stereo setup then if it is all in one box then you'd have a problem separating the speakers to create an effective stereo field. plus it's quite a bit of work remounting all of it, i just ran the amps in their original boxes.
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i use A/B/Y quite a bit. i just use the radial engineering big shot ($60ish last time i checked) A/B/Y . never had a problem. works great. just not the features of the model gumbi pointed out.

they are very easy to build,althogh i rarely have time for that and i have three amps of mine that are awaiting the bench.
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#10
I've got my head stuck in a cupboard and my brain hurts.

Just buy one decent amp, man. Seriously, what is all this bullshit?
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Quote by Cathbard
I've got my head stuck in a cupboard and my brain hurts.

Just buy one decent amp, man. Seriously, what is all this bullshit?



This, I've tried some crazy things in my time, but trying to cut up two cheap SS amps and splice them together to somehow create a louder, more powerful, dual power amp/preamp whatever is kinda out there.

In theory it could work, but it'll most likely turn into a fireball and engulf your room in fire.