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When to change tubes and battery? And, is there a Mark III in the works?
by dtriley11 on 2013-03-24 13:11:26

I have a SV 112 Mark I. I bought it brand new when they first came out; I think it was 2007. I have never had any problems with the amp.  I have played about 150 gigs with it. I have never replaced the tubes. Also, I understand there is some type of battery in the amp to retain memory (of presets I presume).  The amp still sounds fine to me. The clean channels still sound good and clean to me. When should I replace the tubes and also the battery?  Also, should I consider a SV Mark II?  Although, I am concerned how much longer Line 6 will keep making SV amps.  My local Guitar Center told me they are not going to carry them anymore... they just don't sell. My local Sam Ash dealer no longer stocks them, nor does Ken Stanton Music, an Atlanta area music store with several locations. Might there be a Mark III on it's way, or possibly a discontinuation of the SV by Line 6?

Re: When to change tubes and battery? And, is there a Mark III in the works?
by esibanjack on 2013-03-25 14:04:44

When it comes to tubes (and just about everything else, for that matter…..), I subscribe to the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" point of view. If everything is sounding fine, why mess with it? As for the battery, that's a little trickier. If you had the MKII, I would tell you to make sure you have all of your presets backed-up on a computer and then just replace the battery when it dies. On the MKI, I would find out if the memory gets wiped as soon as you pull the battery, and if not, I might replace the battery every couple of years just to be safe, but I honestly don't know how long they are supposed to last. I can tell you that I have a few pieces of old rack gear from the mid-nineties that are still on their original batteries, and I haven't lost a single saved thing on any of them.

And as for the possibility of a SV MKIII, I think that ship has sailed. There hasn't been a single update to the SV line since right after the MKII's came out, and I'm sure that Line6 has moved on. On the bright side, the MKII's can be had on the cheap right now (saw the 100HD on sale at GC last weekend for under $650.00), which was already a heck of an amp at the original pricing.

Re: When to change tubes and battery? And, is there a Mark III in the works?
by mtnman82 on 2013-03-26 06:48:44

I replace my tubes depending on how much I gig during a given year.  If I'm up in the 200~300 hour range (practicing once a week and giggin a couple weekends a month regularly) I change them out.  Yep, have lots of good expensive/nice used tubes in a box in my garage.  The last thing I want is to have my amp go down during a show and this is insurance.

Battery???  I've had my MkI and MkII open quite a few times and have never seen a battery.  I believe they use flash memory, so no need for a battery.

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