#1
I always like to let my tubes warm up for 30 minutes. Why? I have done experiments in which I have recorded samples of tubes after warming up for 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 30 minutes. I have found that your amp really does sound better after giving it a lot of time to warm up. I just turn my amp on standby, do something for a 20-30 minutes and come back and play.

Does this hurt your tubes? (make them wear down faster)
Has anyone else done this?
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#2
they onli need like 5 mins not 30 thy warm up as you play anyway
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I always like to let my tubes warm up for 30 minutes. Why? I have done experiments in which I have recorded samples of tubes after warming up for 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and 30 minutes. I have found that your amp really does sound better after giving it a lot of time to warm up. I just turn my amp on standby, do something for a 20-30 minutes and come back and play.

Does this hurt your tubes? (make them wear down faster)
Has anyone else done this?


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Use the standby switch when powering up and powering down. The standby switch allows the amp to sort of "warm up" and allows the tubes to settle into a sort of equilibrium state before it gets slammed with high voltage. If you generally let the amp warm up or down in standby for about 30 to 60 seconds when powering up or down, you'll find that the tubes last longer.

Look at it this way if your amp is on the tubes are taking wear. So 30 minutes is really excessive...
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#4
you dont actually neeed to warm them up at all, it just lengthens tube life
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#5
Yeah, but no one is answering the guy's question. He is asking if it hurts do do it for a longer period of time, because he feels it sounds better, not if he has to warm them up at all.

I don't know, though.
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#6
i warm them up for a while as well. Usually 5-15 minutes for my amp. It think it sounds better the longer they warm up (and my amp does not have a standby)
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Yeah, but no one is answering the guy's question. He is asking if it hurts do do it for a longer period of time, because he feels it sounds better, not if he has to warm them up at all.

I don't know, though.



Im pretty sure we answered him saying it shortens tube life... Is it bad for the amp no is it bad for the tubes no... Is it a waste of time and killing the longevity of his tubes YES! Because he could be playing during those 30 minutes. Think of it this way 30 minutes warm up times 356 days. Thats 7.4 days of time wasted off your tubes in a year... Thats full days wasted.. So if he plays for 30 minutes and 30 minutes of warm up time thats cutting your tubes life by half.. These are just examples...
#8
tubes naturally sound better the longer they've been running, up to a point. that being said, i wouldn't waste valuable tube life by waiting for the indeterminate 'peak of performance'.