Any small high powered tube poweramps that fit on pedalboards?

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  1. Gmork

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    Like the title says, does anyone know of a high-powered (at least 50w) small-ish tube poweramp that fits onto a pedalboard?
     
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    Have you considered putting a 1U rack on the underside of your board?
     
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    Fryette Power Station is the only thing I know of that would work here perhaps. I don't think you'll get far looking for a tube power amp that is small.
     
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    Edit- never mind I didn’t see ‘tube’

    Fryette Power Station and synergy syn5050 are the smallest tube power amps that I know of (at least 50 Watts).
     
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    I suppose its the transformers that really prevent a smaller size. Just checking as technology is crazy these days, thought perhaps id missed something out there.
     
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    Yes, it’s mostly the transformers, and cooling requirements. I guess it would be possible to use a switchmode power supply, which would likely be smaller/lighter, but you’d still need a sufficiently-sized output transformer and enough space around the power tubes to cool them. You’d also lose any kind of power supply sag, and would have to simulate that somehow.

    Sure would be interesting if someone tried that out.
     
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    No, because there isn't any.
     
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    You can fit a power station or syn 50 on your massive pedalboard. You can’t sctually lift it and carry it around though.
     
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    sweet jesus why didnt I think of this when I was doing pedal board rigs /// haha

    EDIT: Could have also mounted my ENGL E530 under there when I was using it with the Torpedo Cab > direct
     
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    Given that power tubes are at least 2.5" tall, there won't be a small power-amp that's pedalboard friendly.
     
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    what if you mounted them on their side.
     
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    No.
     
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    What's more important? Tube power, or fitting on a pedalboard? There are lots of small, high-power pedalboard amps, but they're not tubes.
     
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    Mooer makes a pretty small tube power amp. Or at least it looks small ( they don’t list dimensions). It may actually fit on a board
     
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    Poweramp under the pedalboard? It will overheat and possibly start a fire.
     
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    If you wrap it in foam or something, maybe. But as long as the fan can direct heat out the back, it'll be fine.

    Have you seen big amp racks? You can surround the amps with tons of stuff on the sides, including other amps around them, and as long as you have front to back airflow, you're good.

    Look at where they typically mount power supplies on pedal boards.

    obviously you wouldn't just throw it underneath anything, but mounting it between the side risers and ensuring there's enough clearance with airflow is not at all difficult.
     
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    Dude vacuum tubes aren’t bombs.
     
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    You can get away with it but to keep it at 1U you need might need narrow envelopes on the tubes and will need one hell of a fan, but Yes it can be done just have fun getting them out of there. Horizontal mounted 6l6s in a 2U, can get tight depending on tube.
     
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    Ya of course you can. Budda was just being ridiculous.
     
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    Sounds like it's not worth it :lol:

    Because I've never even looked it up, how many companies have actually made a side-mounted tube powered power amp?
     

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