I've had Zs for a while but the Mini is new to me. I got it really just for home practice so I save tube life on my main Zs and for Worship where stage volume is the enemy (My maz18 w/ 3 clicks on an airbrake and MV at 12:00 was still getting looks!)
So 1st day...I did switch the pre-amp tube to the 12ay7 based on my research here. That did just what I expected...got me a little over a quarter turn more on the volume before i lost my cleans.
After a half an hour I just opened it up full blast. All was well. Then I wanted to see how it took to some pedals. I forget what I ran in front of it..either A KoT or a Dyna Red, but as soon as I clicked it on...Boom. Blew out. A few minutes of checking showed it to be the el84.
So I was wondering is this normal? It is just 5 watts and I had it maxed. Am I asking for trouble driving it more than that? Or was it just a weak tube and I can go back to blasting some gain if needed?
Post by club327 (aka Ben) on May 1, 2012 17:55:01 GMT -7
I see doc answered. What he said. I have run a fuzz and an ep booster everything at max volume for quite some time (family out of house) just to see what sounds i Could get. No problems. Knock on wood.
Yep, it is running fine with a spare EL84 in there. I was just worried that it was MY fault and I blew it up doing something it couldn't handle. It is good to hear that it should be able to take getting hit with an OD even maxed.
I am not sure what to look for on the fuse? I pulled it out and it looked normal. I guess if it was bad I would have seen something obvious.
rossco: the variable e.q bypass is great because while bypassed it you get the raw sound of the amp without the e.q and everything else attenuating the signal which sounds great and a because its variable on the foot switch you can dial in to taste, 1/2 way I like
Dec 19, 2019 19:02:01 GMT -7
rossco: you don't have to fully bypass the tone stack which is great because gives you room to dial in your sound, it certainly thickens up the sound and adds nice growl/midrange growl. I don't like pedals so this replaces everything for me
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easyed: It seems that the only time I clean off my workbench is when I need the space for something else. If I don't take a break, it's less than 5 minutes before that space is full again.
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