#1
I just picked up a new Randall RG50TC. Whenever I play it gives off a strong burning odor, as if my hair was on fire. I presume this is normal for a tube?
#2
Haha, no dude, it's not... I'd get that checked out immediately.
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#3
This must be trolling?

Surely you can't really think that is normal?
#5
Do you put it on standby before turning it on?
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#6
its probably the oil on the tubes that is burning off.

it's fine, and will go away after you've given it a good play.
#7
my dads valve amps do.
but he uses em with his audio system.
not guitar.
#8
The reason I asked if it was normal was because I smelled the exact same odor in Sam Ash when someone was jamming on another amp. Maybe it has to do with new amps. I'll see if it eventually goes away.
#10
blown tubes.
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#11
did you have the amp shipped to you? did the tubes come in a plastic wrap that you may have forgotten to take off?

if not, then get it checked to a techie.
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#12
it could be burning dust....
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#13
Mine does too.
I wouldnt call it burning.
but kinda like melting plastic wrap.
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#14
Wow, a lot of uniformed responses and guessing going on in here.

Yes, it is normal, especially if the amp hasn't been played in a while or have been handled recently. The smell is a result of dust and grime that has collected on the tubes being burned off as they heat up. Perfectly normal and should go away shortly.
#15
I get that smell on most electrical things I buy - my amp does it too. Just make sure it doesn't get very strong and it should be fine.
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Mine does too.
I wouldnt call it burning.
but kinda like melting plastic wrap.


Yeah kind of. My Orange has a very special smell to it and since it's open on the top you feel it everytime you change the settings...
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#17
My last VK smelled like that for the first time I turned it on. I too thought it was dust or film on the tubes burning off and everything is fine. then *BLAM!* the thing blew up, smoke and all. I would get it checked out lol.

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