I remember bangin' on the side of old tube TVs :D
I have read that it is not good to turn on a tube head with no cable running to the speaker cab.
I always have a cable plugged to the cab from the head.
What will happen, and will it hurt it every time if one forgets to have a cable in place?
It depends on amp wattage and how robustly an amp is built, but smoke followed by an expensive repair is the usual result of failing to plug a speaker load into the back of most gig-size tube amps. The speaker is part of the output circuit.
Originally Posted by CoreyT
When I was a little girl, car radios had tubes. You could crank them up and they'd distort like a guitar amp. One speaker in the middle of the dash, AM radio. The speakers were horrible sounding, and the combination of a crappy speaker and rock and roll song cranked to distortion? Perfection!
Originally Posted by Em7
I also used rotary dial telephones, and rode in cars without seatbelts.
But now I'm an old, crotchety man and I use standby switches because I dig traditions that died before the world was born.