Originally Posted by Ricci
How about "The Muse" or "The Scoria"?
Care to elaborate on the 7 month debacle with the AA V5001?
It goes something like this:
Sherv receives the amp which has no plug on the cord. He buys a 15A plug and installs it and runs a sweep or two and plays some movies etc.
He sits on it for a few months before handing it off to Chas, but leaves the 15A plug on it. I believe Chas thinks that the plug came with the amp (not positive about that) and begins testing using the installed plug.
Chas gets to 1650WPC into 2 ohms and something cooks. He sends it back for repair and waits however long to get it back.
When the repaired amp is shipped back, they again ship it to Sherv, who again sits on it (or is busy, or out of town, or whatever) for some time and then notifies Chas that he has it.
Chas gets the repaired amp and by now realizes that the 15A plug is a no-no for a 4500W amp, so he installs a 50A breaker and direct wires the cord. The amp sees no further testing as it craps out immediately (again, I have no idea what exactly is wrong with the amp).
Chas sends the amp back a second time. They repair the amp and ship it...yes, you guessed it...to Sherv again.
Chas says he doesn't want to mess with the amp and Sherv e-mails me to arrange to ship it to me, which I promptly do.
After this 5 months long saga, the amp arrives here. I open the box and see that one rack ear is bent, the front panel is kicked in and has abrasions in the aluminum front panel.
There is a 8 1/2" X 11" paper in with the amp that has a huge font printed note attached to a baggie that has the 15A plug in it (which Chas apparently left on the cord when he shipped it back for repair) that says: WARNING: THIS 15A PLUG IS NOT SUITABLE TO BE USED WITH THIS AMPLIFIER. A 50A TWIST LOCK PLUG IS REQUIRED FOR PROPER OPERATION!!
I call them and let them know that the amp is damaged. I e-mail the proper person with all pertinent info and pictures of the damage. I never plugged the unit in, so I don't know if it ever was properly repaired.
They issue a call tag and I ship the amp back. After waiting a couple of weeks with no communication from the them, I send an e-mail with a letter attached, CC: to various agencies and basically let them know that I am now officially fuming out of every opening in my person, blah, blah.
3 days later, the new amp arrives in perfect condition.
I install a high quality 30A twist lock plug to mate with the twist lock 30A receptacle, install the amp in my rack, set all of the dip switches to their proper settings and now I'm set to let 'er rip.
As I've said, I've used 3 of the AA 4001 amps just before and during this ordeal, and all of them have worked without a hitch, so I don't anticipate any problems, but if there are, I'll report them here and book a flight to where it came from.
BTW, I'm using 30A juice/hardware because I bought the amp for its 3KW rating into 8 ohms, which is what my dual driver, each with 2 ohm DVC subs are wired to, so 30A should be more than enough for my needs.