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EMB5490  
2 Mar 2009 08:40 | Quote
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hey i got a 1978 jmp combo 100 watt, could i switch it into a head and cab? is it just a few screws or a wireing problem?
les_paul  
2 Mar 2009 16:18 | Quote
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I don't know about splitting it in half, not sure about the wiring but you would have to build new boxes. If you just want more speakers I would look into an Extension Cab.
Phip  
2 Mar 2009 16:59 | Quote
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Elliott,
are we talking about seperating this unit?




Don't even think about it!
I'm not sure why you want to do this. what are you trying to accomplish? What's the problem?
As it stands with the little information I have right now, I would agree with les_paul, extension is the way to go, or if you can't hear yourself then a monitor speaker would be the way to go.
Can you explain please?
(this is what happens when you hang out in bar rooms)! LOL
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EMB5490  
2 Mar 2009 19:30 | Quote
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no its insanly heavy! i wana separate it to make it portable. the speakers and acctual amp is completely separate besides a cable that connects them. what im saying is just unscrew it and make it into the head. so im jsut talking out a couple of screws. would it work? id assume so right? im uploading a pic of the cable that connects it now. the resale wouldnt go down too much b/c its just screws?
EMB5490  
2 Mar 2009 19:43 | Quote
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the speakers and amp are completely separate and connected by that cable im holding, however that cable is directly connected to the speakers. and the amp is just connected by 4 screws on the body.
jcb3000  
2 Mar 2009 20:13 | Quote
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what about putting jockey wheels on the bottom of it?
EMB5490  
2 Mar 2009 20:15 | Quote
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i have some. very very fragile, and i have stairs, also very hard to carry it up onto the stage. and i cant roll it on tile or concrete b/c its not smooth. the amp prob weighs around 80lbs.
Phip  
2 Mar 2009 20:15 | Quote
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Yeah, ok that's reasonable. I don't see why you can't do that. Just remember to always plug that cable in before you fire that amp up. The only down side that I can see would be the screw holds getting sloppy after doing this a couple hundred times. only other solution is a nice padded hand truck like the kind beer distributors use except with padded bars. like this one but with pads. I have one that I use at work. big tires for easy rolling and doorways and a nice clean strap to hold it in place.




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EMB5490  
2 Mar 2009 20:24 | Quote
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lol thtd be sick. id be too scared going down stairs. lol.
goodtunes  
2 Mar 2009 22:08 | Quote
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Phip that is the funny the pic of the dolly. but once again you have given the most logical piece of advice that could have been given.

EMB scared going down stairs?? thats the kinda stuff dollys are used for. strap it down by wrapping around the amp and dolly so it cant slide off then your really cookin with crisco.
EMB5490  
2 Mar 2009 22:16 | Quote
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im scared of many things one is going down or up stairs with a 1700$ 80lb item that has thin glass fragile tubes in it. not sure how the dolly would work but wouldnt it receive some shock going on each step...
goodtunes  
2 Mar 2009 22:32 | Quote
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well anything is possible but your just has likely to slip or drop the amp by accident when carrying it by hand. just go slow walk backwards up the stairs and pull the wheels over each step. most important- strap it down so it doesnt slide off.

but i think its a good idea to try anyways. i think if you ever watch a documentry or behind the scenes look at a rock concert you will see thats what they use. and people who move big heavy objects like refrigerators use them all the time on stairs.
EMB5490  
2 Mar 2009 22:34 | Quote
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ill look into that. certainly cheaper.
goodtunes  
2 Mar 2009 22:37 | Quote
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maybe i should start a site called www.all-handtruck-uses.com lol
but i would have to pay phip royalties too :)
patleh  
2 Mar 2009 22:52 | Quote
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idk dude that's a pretty nice price of equitment you got there. I'd just lug it around and leave it as is.
BodomBeachTerror  
2 Mar 2009 23:21 | Quote
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hire some roadies lol
Guitarslinger124  
3 Mar 2009 05:32 | Quote
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keep your amp together! the thing is made of wood, which is organic, and is wholly affected by the surrounding environment. if you tear apart your amp you will change its tone completely, chances are for the worst too. get a dolly like phip suggested...but not as big.
EMB5490  
3 Mar 2009 06:42 | Quote
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lol yeh i need like 15 roadies for tht amp lol.

and yeh seems like splitting it wouldnt be such a good idea, but even if its just taking the screws out and screwing it onto another amp?
Phip  
3 Mar 2009 07:09 | Quote
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Also, pick up a nice quilted mover's blanket, that will protect it from accidental bumps and morons. there are other items one could use depending on how many steps you are going up and down and how much space you have in your vehicle, like 10' telescoping aluminum ramps. don't use bungee cords.
Here, I went shopping for you.......










I prefer the larger hand truck simply because it gives better leverage and makes your job easier. the less you struggle the less likely you are to make mistakes or mishaps.


Phip  
3 Mar 2009 07:16 | Quote
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these furniture dollies are also cheap and very handy.


EMB5490  
3 Mar 2009 07:20 | Quote
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and it wont fall going down stairs and will absorb impact? remember im talking about a 30 year old tube amp.
Phip  
3 Mar 2009 08:30 | Quote
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Elliott,
Of course the best solution is to have two people gently carry the thing. These items are what you would use if you don't have someone there with you. and yes, if you take your time you can roll slowly (with the hand truck) down a flight of stairs. I would recommend 10" wheels. the bigger the wheels (air filled) the better the ride.
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BodomBeachTerror  
3 Mar 2009 10:42 | Quote
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@Phip: i can never tell if youre joking or not!
Phip  
3 Mar 2009 10:56 | Quote
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BBT,
I can understand that (I have a rep), but in this case I'm being quite serious. He's got an expensive piece of equipment so he doesn't want to damage it transporting to gigs, i understand that, but taking it apart all the time is going to be a bad idea. So the best thing is to get someone to help him load it up, or second best is to use good tools to transport it if he has to do it alone. I use all of the stuff in the pictures above to transport expensive televisions on a regular basis. The trick is to take your time and be careful.
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Guitarslinger124  
3 Mar 2009 12:46 | Quote
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EMB5490 says:
but even if its just taking the screws out and screwing it onto another amp?


the vibrations run through the entire amp and those vibrations effect your tone. besides, the bigger the mass of the amp the thicker the sound.
patleh  
3 Mar 2009 13:13 | Quote
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my band mate has that same size, i just carry up the stairs myself. don't worry you'll get used to it after a while.
RA  
4 Mar 2009 20:59 | Quote
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yeah that would be easy to do. would just need to make new boxes and solder a jack to your speakers. however unless your tubes are rattling(they are) and you can hear it and don't like it, don't take it apart because it is heavy. it will change the sound. just look at the whole open back closed back amp debates. so in short suck it up and carry it.

that and there it spacial tubes


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