#1
What would be the cheapest way to run 2 amps at the same time?

I am getting the Blackheart halfstack and was thinking I should hook them up in stereo and make a full stack looking amp that is actually running 10 watts.

I know and A/B switch will do it but I dont want to spend that much

could I use something like this

http://cgi.ebay.com/4-Splitter-Cables-Female-1-4-to-2-Male-1-4-Connector-Y_W0QQitemZ120230398523QQihZ002QQcategoryZ23783QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Or can I use the other (mixer) output from my Bad Monkey?

Advice?
#3
This exact topic was brought up a while ago.

Your better of going for a a/b/y pedal imo.
#5
A lot of the time when running 2 amps with a ‘Y’ cord or an A/B device you’ll get ground loops occurring between the amps that’ll produce a low freq hum.

This device from Voodoo Labs: http://www.voodoolab.com/ampselector.htm has a ground lift switch that helps eliminate ground loops caused by running two or more amps at a time.

I run 4 amps in my rig.
Trav
#6
Quote by Traveler 45C
A lot of the time when running 2 amps with a ‘Y’ cord or an A/B device you’ll get ground loops occurring between the amps that’ll produce a low freq hum.



As do cheap ABY boxes, such as the George Lynch Tripler and Morely AB box. I have used both of them, and returned both of them. They blow beyond all recognition. Another problem with Y cables is that they split your guitar signal among two amps, which gives each amp less signal, which is bad.

The tonebone switchbone is another popular AB box.
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#7
Quote by MESAexplorer
Another problem with Y cables is that they split your guitar signal among two amps, which gives each amp less signal, which is bad.


Agreed. Tone will suffer unless properly buffered. The following discusses ground loops and isolation methods: http://www.voodoolab.com/manuals/as_manual.pdf
Trav
Last edited by Traveler 45C at Mar 12, 2008,
#8
Seems like a problem with just about any amp switcher. Really sucks, some of them don't come cheap.

The best way IMO would be the GCX amp controller and some sort of midi switcher. Not only can you control multiple amps channels, but you can effectively send your guitar signal to multiple amps.
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