Power Tubes = Light Bulb??

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Re: Power Tubes = Light Bulb??

Post by KenMoon »

I don't see any reason for a Standby switch, and haven't built any amps with them in years.

I just turn the volume down on the guitar during breaks, or stomp on my tuner, which mutes the output to the amp.

I wouldn't want to use any amp that's so unreliable that it would fail just by idling during breaks between sets, or that hums loudly with no input.

There's been a lot of discussion on many amp builder forums about Standby switches, and the main reason they are put on amps by most builders is that customers have become used to them, but they don't have any real technical usefulness, despite myths about extending tube life etc.

Here's a pic of one of my amps with no Standby switch:

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