Valve amps are better for your figure

Conclusive proof comes from this auction for a solid-state AC30:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Vox-ac30-top-boost_W0QQitemZ130196009898QQihZ003QQcategoryZ10171QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Now I don't feel so bad about lugging my 4xEL34 heads around the place.

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I also heard on a VOX amps website, the best way to preserve an amps valves is to put on the main swicch, leave for 1 minute before switching on the standby , but to switch off you turn the power off first to bleed the voltage for 30 secs then turn off the standby, one thing ive always done is after switching off not to move the amp til the last possible moment, the valves are very delicate when hot.

Yes, the standby is only for switch on. If you have a beer break, just turn down the vols and leave it running; don't go into standby. I also switch off the mains (and strum a chord for that frazzle-azzle-pfft thing), then flick the standby back into position for when I'll next use it.

The idea behind this is to drain the capacitors of their stored charge. Opinions are mixed on whether moving the amp while still warm is more likely to damage the valves, but it doesn't hurt to get paid and finish your beer before tering down :)

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