anyone use fans to circulate air around your amps

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  1. merrill

    merrill New Member Silver Supporting Member

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    so my jvm410c gets hot, the combo configuration is kind of odd in terms of heat dissipation

    in the 410c the head is turned upside down and the tubes are below the chassis so there isn't a way for the heat to escape thru the top of the cabinet, just the rear grille.

    thoughts on using fans or will that cause other issues
     
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    trax1139 Well-Known Member

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    7 sets from 10:30pm to 5:30am @ Pop’s in Sauget, Il. Your tubes will love you for it!
     
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    merrill New Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Do you aim your fans at the amp or directly at the tubes?

    Thanks in advance
     
  4. JohnH

    JohnH Well-Known Member

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    My dsl401 got blisteringly hot, and fans helped, I use two 80mm mains fans wired to the mains switch. But I wire them in series so they each get half the supply volts and so run quietly . One blows to the tubes, one at the other end sucks out Both mounted inside the rear grill.

    This system has been in place and has worked reliably since 2006.
     
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    trax1139 Well-Known Member

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    I always used a small clip on plastic fan directed right at the tubes.
     
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    anitoli Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Any air circulation is better than none. It doesn't have to be pinpoint precise, just get outside air moving into the cabinet.
     
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    Marshall Boogie Well-Known Member

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    Mesa includes such fans in all their amps.....get a case fan for computers (aimed at the tubes in the pre-amp)
     
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    Geeze Well-Known Member

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    When I built my first and only combo the design required the knobs to be on top. This put the tubes on a 1987 amp pointed forward and devoid of any passive ventilation - no way I was going to cut vents in my bizarre masterpiece.

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    So went to the computer parts nerd store and picked up a 6 volt fan rated at 19dB as fan noise annoys me and rigged up a wire frame to hold it the bottom back plate angled at the power tubes. I drilled in some cool air intake ports. Sorry no pics of the fan.

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    One of these days - HAHAHA - I plan to wire it to the amp but for now since the amp chassis is living elsewhere I'll stick to the selectable wall wart if it ever goes back in.

    Russ
     
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    IOSEPHVS Well-Known Member

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    I have a little 6" clip-on fan attached to the back of my JCM602.
     
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    Edgar Frog Well-Known Member

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    I've used a little ( about 2") PC style fan on the back of some tube amps to evacuate air out and it works great. It's super quiet, efficient and never noticed any unwanted noise in the amp from them. I just attach it to the rear vent screen or air holes right on the back of the metal chassis (the best spot IMHO). I prefer to suck it out than blow it in, just seems to work better IMHO and it usually introduces less dust into the amp. I just use universal power supplies I got from Radio Shack back in the 90's to power the fan . I know on my Crate v33h I had benefited greatly from it since that thing ran really hot. It really doesn't take much to cool an amp down a decent amount.
     
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    My 1974 Traynor YBA-1A has a built in fan, cooling the tubes .
     
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    tmingle Well-Known Member

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    It was a required mod on the JCM2000 DSL combos.
     
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    TXOldRedRocker Well-Blown Member* Gold Supporting Member

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    I had a piece of furniture built to hold my home setup. I put fans that draw air from from front to back on the back wiring/vent slots. Draw the heat out and cooler air in. They're 3 speed.

    Fans Smaller.jpg AmpCabinetSmaller.jpg
     
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    I have two fans attached to the back of my JCM 2000 TSL combo amp; they're setup to exhaust the hot air from the tube area. At the time I made temperature measurements; I do recall that the temp results were good, although I don't recall the exact numbers.

    I have been through a lot of issues with this amp, but since adding the fans, it's been sweet.
     
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    Kutt Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I keep a fan pointed directly on me, not the amp. Something has to cool off all those hawt licks.
     
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