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  • Do solid state amps need maintenance?

    I have a peavey vypyr vip 3 solid state amp does it need maintenance like a tube amp? i know removing dust is one thing lol but anything else i need to know? like should i replace the speaker every year? etc... thank you

  • #2
    Re: Do solid state amps need maintenance?

    Not regular maintenance or health checks like a tube amp.

    The 1/4" jacks should be cleaned every year or two with De-oxit or similar electronic connector cleaner -or Isopropyl alcohol and maybe the fuse swapped after many years, but unless it's making noise from aging caps etc, I'd say there's not much to do -maybe clean the grill cloth, maybe gently clear the speaker of dust build up after years, check the speaker connections. I don't believe their are any analog pots on the face either, just digital controllers -so no pots to clean either.
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    • #3
      Re: Do solid state amps need maintenance?

      Hell yeah.

      Checking / changing crackling pots, switches, jack slots, suspicious condensers and cracks on the mainboard e.t.c. They are less of a headache and break less frequently in my experience but still require some care to run long and happy.
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      • #4
        Re: Do solid state amps need maintenance?

        I'd say that they would need slightly more care than a pedal. Just make sure it is clean, the pots aren't scratchy, and the speaker doesn't rot out.
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        • #5
          Re: Do solid state amps need maintenance?

          They Only need maintenance after I use em....
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          • #6
            Re: Do solid state amps need maintenance?

            For the record, your amp would be considered digital, not solid state.
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            • #7
              Re: Do solid state amps need maintenance?

              I always view amp scheduled maintenance like this. A solid state amp is like a clock-radio. A tube amp is like an automobile.
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              • #8
                Re: Do solid state amps need maintenance?

                The shared parts between tube and solid state amps can have the same problems on both types. Obviously tube amps have parts that solid state amps do not have, and these parts need periodic replacement; that doesn't really exist in solid state amps. But you do still have to worry about standard upkeep of the components of the amp. E.g. jacks, pots, etc. That stuff can crap out on any type of "actual" (i.e. not "virtual") amp.
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                • #9
                  Re: Do solid state amps need maintenance?

                  Dusting off?
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                  • #10
                    Re: Do solid state amps need maintenance?

                    OP, People are overthinking this becuase they aren't realizing the amp you have. It's a composite digital/solid state amp -the knobs are encoder knobs not audio pots -so refer to my original post. Literally the only maintenance until something fails or the amp is getting noisy is cleaning the grill cloth and exterior tolex and cleaning the 1/4" jacks with isopropyl alcohol or de-oxit once a year

                    trust me -that's it -for what you have. no worries!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Do solid state amps need maintenance?

                      well, the other thing is to regularly check for firmware updates.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Do solid state amps need maintenance?

                        Unplug it during storms
                        It could be damaged by lightning and such
                        It could be damaged by low voltage as well like brown outs

                        The speaker is designed for a modeling amp
                        And swapping the speaker may not have the desired effect

                        Dont hose it down like you would an automobile

                        Take care.when riding it down wheelchair ramps on its casters

                        Ok I'm just trying to think of all the ways I've seen solid state amps fail
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                        • #13
                          Re: Do solid state amps need maintenance?

                          Originally posted by Mincer View Post
                          well, the other thing is to regularly check for firmware updates.
                          This is pretty damn good point.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Do solid state amps need maintenance?

                            I bought a Peavey Bandit 75 brand new in 1987, it was my first amp. I've never done one thing to it despite years of total abuse. It's been loaned out countless times. One time I found out a guy used it for a bass amp at a gig because his amp blew, I was pissed. But it still sounds just like it did 32 year's ago.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Do solid state amps need maintenance?

                              Originally posted by smitty302 View Post
                              I bought a Peavey Bandit 75 brand new in 1987, it was my first amp. I've never done one thing to it despite years of total abuse. It's been loaned out countless times. One time I found out a guy used it for a bass amp at a gig because his amp blew, I was pissed. But it still sounds just like it did 32 year's ago.
                              +1

                              Unless it breaks, leave it alone. You're more likely to break it doing "maintenance" than actually help anything.

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