#1
I'm moving tomorrow and the journey includes several hours of driving as well as a 2 hour ferry trip, so I was wondering if it would be a bad idea to leave the tubes in my fender blues junior
How difficult is it to remove and replace the tubes, and do you think it's necessary to protect them?
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#2
As long as the amp isn't gonna fly around inside the car it should be fine, just sercure it to something. The ferry should be no problem unless it runs into something, but if that happens you've got bigger issues.
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#4
Yea, if i remember the things i've read correctly, the amp moving around a bit isnt a huge deal unless the tubes are still warm from use. You dont want them to shake around to much, but it can handle some movement. I carry around my tube amp in a car to jams and shows and stuff all the time and it hasn't hurt it yet.
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#5
You're fine if you leave them in the amp during transport. And for the future, you will have to replace the tubes but it is very simple. Just pull them out of their sockets gently but firmly and replace them with the new ones. You will need to be gentle so as not to bend the pins, just feel around and find the right slots and your new tubes will slide right in without a problem.
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#7
ok dont touch them with your bare hands if you remove them. the oils in your hands are bad for it .

since last time i told some one this some people had a fit ill just post backup the first time.
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#8
Unless the amp is gonna be bumping around a lot (which it won't really) it's not gonna' be a big problem.
But you could do it just incase.
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ok dont touch them with your bare hands if you remove them. the oils in your hands are bad for it .


that really sounds bogus. as long as you only touch the glass, there's no reason it would harm them. i touch windows all the time, and they never shatter or anything...
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#10
Hmm, well window glass is completely different then the glass in tubes. And no where did he say they would shatter, but it would affect them badly. I personally have never heard that you shouldnt, but it would make sense. Anyone else support the "DOnt touch with bare hands theory"?
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Hmm, well window glass is completely different then the glass in tubes. And no where did he say they would shatter, but it would affect them badly. I personally have never heard that you shouldnt, but it would make sense. Anyone else support the "DOnt touch with bare hands theory"?


Yes I can support it. When you touch the glass with your bare hands, it leaves spots of oil from your fingers on the glass where your fingers were. These oils create "hot spots" on the tubes when they are plugged in and cooking, making it more likely that they will burn out in those particular spots. If you need to touch the tubes, you just need to be sure to wipe them down afterwards.
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Hmm, well window glass is completely different then the glass in tubes. And no where did he say they would shatter, but it would affect them badly. I personally have never heard that you shouldnt, but it would make sense. Anyone else support the "DOnt touch with bare hands theory"?



I do, I've read it in multiple places that touching the tubes with bare hands isn't good for them.
#13
You never know...I once touched the windows, and it exploded and I got shards stuck everywhere in my body, maybe it's just my explosive cum though..
#15
^ yea but that is like 95% of the members here.

And yes also go along with not touching he glass. I worked as a mechanic for years and when you are replacing Halogen headlights if you touch the glass it ruins the bulb. The oil from your hands "can" also cause the bulb to burst
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When you touch the glass with your bare hands, it leaves spots of oil from your fingers on the glass where your fingers were. These oils create "hot spots" on the tubes when they are plugged in and cooking, making it more likely that they will burn out in those particular spots.


Technically, the glass in the tubes will crack in that location... It's the same reason you're told never to handle a halogen light bulb by the glass or to touch it with your bare hands. The oils left behind will cause a hot spot at that location which can potentially cause the glass to crack.

Remember, once a tube cracks, it's gone. A tube dying like that can potentially damage other components in the amp itself. Tube amps don't like operating without all its components intact.
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