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Do tube amps get louder as they warm up?
Short answer to your original question: No, you shouldn’t be hearing any significant volume increase. The sound may “change” a little when the tubes fully warm up, but they shouldn’t sound any louder.
Should tube amps be loud?
No. However they do SOUND louder. A solid state amplifier of the same power as a tube amp may distort at the same signal level as the tube amp, but the distortions are not subtle, and we hear them as distortion, not as a slightly louder sound.
Does amp volume affect tone?
If you’re using a guitar amp, the volume is how loud you set the amp. If you’re in your car, the volume is how loud you turn your music up on your speakers. Pretty simple, right? Here’s the important thing: The volume does not change the tone of the sound.
How do I get rid of the humming sound on my amp?
How to find and fix hum in 3 easy steps
- Turn the volume control up and down. Does the hum in your speakers go up and down with volume?
- Select different inputs. Does the hum go away?
- Disconnect all inputs. Remove the cables connecting the receiver, power amplifier, or device powering your speakers.
- Examine your answers.
Should I leave my tube amp on all the time?
Long story short, unless you plan on using your amp a lot throughout the day, you should turn off your tube amp when you are done using it. Here’s why: Tubes deteriorate with use, so leaving a tube amp on shortens tube life. Tube amps can be hazardous when left on and unattended.
How long should you let tubes warm up?
20 to 30 minutes
As a rule of thumb, your tube amp needs to be warmed up for 20 to 30 minutes at least before you can start playing your guitar. Most of the time, tube amps have warm up specifications included in their instructions for use.
What makes a tube amp hum?
More often than not, when your amp is making a humming sound, it’s caused by dirty power, a bad ground connection, or fluorescent lighting.
Why are tube amps so much louder?
A further increase in power also drives the tube further into distortion, but the power at which the distortion becomes ugly and and the amp sound really dirty is much higher than transistor amp with the same maximum power. Therefore, a tube amp with the same power is louder than a transistor amp.
What does Master volume on AMP do?
This refers to a feature sound on many modern tube amplifiers (and some solid-state and modeled amps, as well). Essentially, it allows guitarists to turn the volume control up to overdrive the preamps, producing a sweet compressed sustain, but without the high output normally required on stage.
What settings should I put my amp on?
Getting a Good Clean Tone
- Select your clean channel or turn the gain down if you don’t have multiple channels.
- Turn off all amp effects and effect pedals.
- Bring the bass, mid & treble knobs all to 12 o’clock.
- Keep the gain fairly low and adjust the volume to a suitable level.
- Jam for a while to get a feel for the tone.