There’s quite a lot to think about when running an amp, so the challenges don’t stop after purchase. This part of the guide will discuss some of the major things you ought to think about after purchase, and give you some advice as to how to get the best out of your amp.
Since amplifiers can be expensive, there is a significant amount of amp repair out there. Many music shops, particularly the independent ones, will offer to repair your amp, often for a smaller fee than you might expect. There are also specialist amplifier repair centres such as The Amp Doctor, who will repair all major brands and even replace parts if necessary.
There are a number of things you can do to make sure that you really look after your amp, make it last as long as possible and get the most out of the money you’ve spent. Firstly, you should use the ‘standby’ feature of your amp. It is not always better to turn it off completely if you are going to use it again in the near future. You should put the amp on standby for a minute or two before and after playing, to allow the machine to warm up properly. Secondly, you should make you never get your amp wet. This is an obvious point with all electrics, but the amp will suffer severe damage if water gets inside it, so make sure you never leave drinks on it and don’t leave it outside. Further, it’s a bad idea to get the amplifier too cold. Sometimes you may want to play outside, but you should be aware that this may have detrimental effects on the amp. Cold air contains water vapour which can be dangerous for the amp, and the amp also responds badly to temperature change. If your amp does not have a speaker attached, you need to make sure the amp is connected to a speaker at all times when the power is on. This is because it is always sending signals to the speaker and if there is nowhere for it to send the signals too then the amp wiring will become damaged. Take care of all these things and you will be able to get the most out of your amplifier, making it last longer, function to a higher level and saving you money on repairs and replacements. Needless to say, the more expensive your amp is, the more you really need to look after it.