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    flood is offline IGT Addict
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    what amp are you buying?

    check for pops and cracks while playing. also for any strange motorboating sounds. both are signs of bad filter capacitors in the power supply. these can be replaced though, and usually do need to be replaced after 10-20 years.

    a very obvious check is whether there is any smoke (!) coming from the amp, which means that the amp has a bigger problem and should not be bought unless you're skilled enough to repair it yourself.

    other than that, there isn't much. grounding is usually not an issue within the amp, a lot more depends on how your mains is grounded. if you REALLY want to be sure about the grounding WITHIN the amp, here is a simple test:

    1. set your digital multimeter to continuity test
    2. put one lead on the earthing pin on the power cable, the other lead on any exposed part of metal chassis of the amp, or perhaps the outer part of the input jack. it should beep.
    3. to be even more anal, set to ohms measurement and measure the resistance of the ground between those points. you should get a maximum of 0.3 ohms (note: to get this reading, you will need a good, expensive multimeter like a fluke or something - cheaper multimeters are very inaccurate when things go less than 10 ohms or so).

    other than that, can't really think of anything. make sure the speaker is plugged in or attached before starting the amp.

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    The amp decision really depends on your needs. If you are a live player in india, its worth putting all that money into the processor. If you are just a hobbyist who just needs a heavy distortion to play metal, there is no point in going for a processor. You wouldn't tap the full potential of the unit. A processor is all about the multiple effects. If you want to get anything remotely close to a rage of the machines sound - in other words you like to play around with tones - you have to go for a processor.

    Like i said if you just need a clean and dirty tone to play metallica you dont need the multitudes of effects on a proc, you can just buy an amp and a few pedals.
    "A signal chain is only as good as the weakest link."

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickkkyrich View Post
    @bcrich: tube amp..
    thats not my answer. i meant which tube amp?
    And then I walk away and I'm smiling, so...'Cause I know no one else can do that.'


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