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Guitar News / Re: Biggest selling amp this year - Mustang Micro!
« Last post by Billythekid on November 27, 2021, 12:13:01 PM »
Kool little guitar amp. I love searching for pedals and equipment and finding something that gives you the sound your looking for. Scrapping old electronics for pedal building has become my newest hobby. Well it has a long haul finding parts exact for the pedal but it has gave me a better understanding of what happens inside the circuits of our favorite sound effects.
Guitar News / Biggest selling amp this year - Mustang Micro!
« Last post by joecool85 on November 23, 2021, 08:56:58 PM »
According to musicradar.com and reverb.com, the biggest selling amp of the year (in volume, not dollars profit) is the Mustang Micro.  Interestingly, DSP and solid state in general completely dominated the top 10.  Tube amplifiers only showed up in 4th, 5th, and 8th in the top 10 with 4th and 5th place being Orange's micro series amps that use tube preamp and solid state power amps.  Rock on SS gear!

Guitar News / EHX Howitzer - not sure how I missed this one!
« Last post by joecool85 on November 22, 2021, 11:42:40 AM »
Back in March, EHX released the 15w Howitzer pedal amp.  The difference with this and the older 5mm, 22 Cal, and 44 Magnum, is this has a full preamp in front!  3 Band EQ, normal and bright modes, gain, and master volume.  It also has an effects loop if you want to add some reverb or other inline effects.  Nice little class-d amp with reasonable preamp in front.
 I think that from the clips I've heard it sounds great clean and with light overdrive.  When you crank it into saturation it leaves a little to be desired.  With a street price currently at about $140 USD, it's still hard to beat though!


Amplifier Discussion / Re: Peavey Bandit as speaker cab
« Last post by Enzo on November 21, 2021, 01:16:22 AM »
The speaker wires are less than a foot long, so size doesn't much mater.  18ga, 20ga, sure either is fine.

Positive and negative do not apply to AC, no, but the speaker wires are a hot and a return.  You do want to maintain that.  Usually in PV amps th yellow is hot and the blue is return.  WHen you switch, you want the yellow connected onto the + terminal of the speaker, and likewise the yellow connects to the tip of the jack in the other setting.

I;d use a big old toggle, not so much for current but for sturdiness.   ^a switches are common, so are 15A or 20A.  All those are 125v ratings (or higher).  Your speaker won't come anywhere near that.  PLus those ratings are what it can SWITCH, not what it can carry.  I sure hop you do not plan to flip that switch while cranking the amp.

Yes, I forget the size, but I had a drawer full of the speaker terminal size crimp on connectors.   You can also just solder the wires to the speaker.
Amplifier Discussion / Re: Peavey Bandit as speaker cab
« Last post by weinstev on November 20, 2021, 09:02:19 PM »
I think we have a winner with regard to the design.  While the Cliff jack approach would work, I like the switch idea.  I have a few followup questions on that, though.

1) Is speaker wire 18 gauge?  I'll need to get some wire to connect the jack to the switch and the switch to the speaker.

2) Does it matter how I wire the speaker to the switch, the jack to the switch, and the Peavey power amp to the switch?  Since the wires going to the speaker carry AC voltage it seems like positive and negative aren't really meaningful in this context.

3) Some quick rough math says that if the amplifier puts 80W through an 8ohm speaker that it needs to be rated for a little more than 3A.

    P = I^2 * R
   80W = I^2 * 8ohm
    10 A^2 = I^2, => I = sqrt(10) ~= 3.1A

I think that I've seen DPDT switches online rated for 5A.

4) I measured the tabs on the speaker and the female connectors that go on the tabs, and they appear to be > 3/16" and less than 1/4".  A brief online search suggests that there is in fact a .205" size that is commonly used, which falls between the two.  I would think I could just go with 1/4" female connectors and squish them a bit to get them to fit.

Thanks everybody for your input above!
Amplifier Discussion / Re: Peavey Bandit as speaker cab
« Last post by phatt on November 19, 2021, 01:13:33 AM »
Here is one way to do the connection.
A DPDT switch is likely the best way , just make sure it is a quality switch.
Guitar News / Positive Grid - Spark Control wireless foot controller coming soon!
« Last post by joecool85 on November 18, 2021, 08:35:00 PM »
Positive Grid is releasing a wireless foot controller for their Spark amp.  Dubbed the Spark Control, the controller connects via bluetooth and allows the guitarist to "change presets, toggle effects, control backing tracks and a ton more".  Honestly, wireless control of an amp is something I never thought of, but now I don't know if I can live without!  What a great idea!

Price TBD

Amplifier Discussion / Re: Peavey Bandit as speaker cab
« Last post by Enzo on November 18, 2021, 05:04:29 PM »
Or mount a switch and a jack on a small panel.  Wire the speaker wires to the center posts of a DPDT switch.  Wire one end of the switch to the amp chassis, and the other end of the switch to the jack .   Now the switch selects th speaker to connect to either the amp or the jack.  NO possible way for the jack to connect to the amp.
Amplifier Discussion / Re: Peavey Bandit as speaker cab
« Last post by g1 on November 18, 2021, 02:03:26 PM »
Another option is using a closed in-line cable mount jack (like a Switchcraft 121) rather than an open jack & enclosure.  It would not need an enclosure and can be strapped to the inside of the cab.

Amplifier Discussion / Re: Peavey Bandit as speaker cab
« Last post by joecool85 on November 18, 2021, 11:25:59 AM »
I've seen it done before where the speaker goes to a female 1/4" jack, the amp has a female 1/4" output jack, and then when using it as a combo you use a short 6" speaker cable to tie them together.  Want to power a different speaker?  Just unplug the speaker and plug a longer cable from the amp output into another cab.  Want to use the Bandit speaker (like you do) as a cab for another amp?  Just unplug both ends of the 6" speaker cable and plug a longer cable into the Bandit from the amp serving as a head.  Clean and simple.
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