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ejm

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Jan 23rd, 2018 08:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

Somewhere in the past I heard about doing this. In light of recent events I wondered if anyone does this.

By rotating I don't mean switching cabinets or positions in a multiple speaker cabinet.

I mean rotating (for example) a single speaker either CW or CCW. The thinking is (or may be) that over time gravity and/or vibration may cause the components to tilt or shift off axis. Rotating the speaker may lessen or counteract this.

Anybody ever heard of or do this? (I said it was obsessive, remember?)


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Jan 23rd, 2018 09:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

I never heard of this.

Te 52

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Jan 23rd, 2018 09:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hey, it is said that the stained glass windows in 800-year-old medieval cathedrals are thicker at the bottom than at the top, because glass is an amorphous solid and gradually flows downward under the influence of gravity. That should convince anyone that this is a real issue worthy of serious consideration.

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Jan 23rd, 2018 10:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

Maybe we should rotate the speakers in about 400 years? ;o)

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Jan 23rd, 2018 11:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just turn your amp on it's side.

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Jan 23rd, 2018 12:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

This thread (question) has definitely taken internet guitar geek obsession to the nth degree...

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Jan 23rd, 2018 07:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Of course we've heard about it! This heres the FDP! Nothing gets by this highly talented, highly gifted, motivated all knowing crew, nothing!

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Jan 23rd, 2018 07:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's wasted effort. The forces in the voice coil and cone are thousands of times more powerful than gravity.

If a speaker could be damaged by gravity, it would sustain damage just by lifting the amp and setting it down. Which it doesn't.

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Jan 23rd, 2018 07:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's wasted effort. The forces in the voice coil and cone are thousands of times more powerful than gravity.

If a speaker could be damaged by gravity, it would sustain damage just by lifting the amp and setting it down. Which it doesn't.

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juneau ak.

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Jan 23rd, 2018 09:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for your insight Peegoo. In all seriousness I had also heard of something along these lines before, such as the coil sagging and causing it to rub and get scratchy sounding. Yeah, well I filed it in the hum, I don't think so dept.

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Jan 24th, 2018 03:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo feels *so* strongly about this...

he said it twice!


I remember hearing this myth many years ago and I'm quite sure I dismissed it then.

JohnS

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Jan 24th, 2018 07:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

Tires yes, speakers no.

Peegoo
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Jan 24th, 2018 07:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

No idea how that happened!

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Jan 24th, 2018 07:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

Weirdness abounds...

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 09:22 AM, Jan 24th, 2018)

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Jan 24th, 2018 08:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

Shoes for the win.

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Jan 24th, 2018 09:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

Turn your amp on its side. Become famous. Give an interview with a guitar mag where you say "Oh, yeah, man, turning the amp on its side really gives my tone a kind of prismatic lumination you can't get any other way."

Before you know it, wankers everywhere are turning their amps on their sides.

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Jan 24th, 2018 12:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

No, but I do change the direction they face weekly. That way the magnetic pull of the earth doesn't wear down one side of the speaker magnet faster than the other side.

gdw3

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Jan 24th, 2018 01:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Surely, the pull of the moon counteracts some of this?!? The difference between playing during a full moon and a new moon is staggering!!!

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Jan 24th, 2018 08:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

And don't forget to set your vibrato springs in a V shape.

It's the secret to the Jimmy Hendricks tone!

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 10:07 PM, Jan 24th, 2018)

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Jan 25th, 2018 07:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

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