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Permalink Can a loud reverb crash damage the amp/speaker?

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I'm just curious if a very loud crash can do any damage. Probably not to the amp, but what about the speaker? The crash was so loud I felt fear in my whole body. But then again, it's a 300w JBL 15 incher, so it probably ok. I just started to imagine things, like it was sounding a tiny bit different. Probably my eara where the only thing that took damage and made me perceive the sound as different. I don't know, am I crazy?

In the beginning was reverb

You bet it can. In the mid sixties I made the mistake of trying to move my original blackface Super Reverb amp while it was on and the reverb was active. The resulting crash took out four speakers. They didn't burn out, but the voice coils deformed and began that slow rub/buzz that leads to voice coil failure. Fender replaced them but probably wasn't all that pleased to do so..... That Super Reverb gobbled up eight of the very early 10" speakers. Ultimately they switched to either Capton or aluminum voice coil formers and the speakers became much more rugged. The last four (of the improved) speakers were still doing fine when I traded the Super in several years later for my first Twin Reverb amp.

I never kick my tanks either...........


Traditional........speak softly and play through a big blonde amp. Did I mention that I still like big blonde amps?

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