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I may be moving soon and space will be an issue. What are people's thoughts on storing cabs in a garage? They have heavy duty covers and would be off the ground slightly. I have too many to keep in the house and would rather the limited space was reserved for my basses / heads. Any thoughts or experiences?

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get a dehumidifier. I had mine in the garage and after the first winter the covers were showing some signs of mould. Bought a cheap dehumidifier and haven't had a problem since.

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A few years ago I looked at a cab someone was selling. They kept it in an unheated garage and it smelt musty. I didn't buy it.

Damp or condensation for any gear is not a good thing.

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I have a ‘mancave’ which I store my gear in. Initially it was suffering damp ingress so lots of gear got ruined.

 

I’ve since had it tanked but it’s still having issues with condensation hence mould and mildew, so next step is a dehumidifier. 
 

One issue (documented elsewhere on here) is that my amp doesn’t like being brought in from the cold so has to be ‘prewarmed’ before use, otherwise it cuts out.
 

I think that goes the same for lots of electronics - if they’re taken into a warm room from very cold you can get condensation which can cause shorts - I used to play with a keys player who stored his keyboard in his car and it died at a gig for precisely that reason.  

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9 minutes ago, Jakester said:

condensation which can cause shorts

I would think this is a point to ponder with 'modern' kit, I used hefty valve amps for years without issue, but I don't think I'd store anything chip-driven where it might suffer from a damp pcb..........

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Initially wanted to always keep my gear indoors but for the last few years I've kept my 4 SWR speaker cabs in the garage. All OK except for the one I spilt cider over. Ever since then patches of mould grow within a week but this is easily brushed off the carpet covering. No deterioration in the cone as far as I can hear or see.

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Garage storage works for me. Off the ground and well covered.

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1 hour ago, [email protected] said:

Initially wanted to always keep my gear indoors but for the last few years I've kept my 4 SWR speaker cabs in the garage. All OK except for the one I spilt cider over. Ever since then patches of mould grow within a week but this is easily brushed off the carpet covering. No deterioration in the cone as far as I can hear or see.

If it’s tolex, wiping down with antibacterial spray helps to prevent it coming back. 

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In a band I was in a few years back the guitarist kept all his amps/cabs and PA gear in his garage. I suppose it depends in the garage in question, his was dry and in decent condition.

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I would be more worried about the equipment that was left in the car and someone decides to make a "loan".

When the cab is brought inside to warm temperature, the cold parts get a cover of moisture. Slow warming up prevents this to happen. So take it easy and there's no need to worry.

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As the owner of a pest control business I should probably point out that we have never seen so many field mice as we have this year. We have been inundated with calls from people who are finding mice in garages, lofts, outbuildings etc. I'd be wary about keeping expensive gear anywhere where mice can get to it. They do love a good chew.

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Thanks for all the replies. I'm leaning towards keeping my cabs in the house having read all your comments. 

Luckily I have a couple of step kids that I can put in the garage instead. Problem solved! 😼

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I've kept my Marshall MBC410 in the garage now for over a decade without detriment. Only detriment to it has been at gigs! 😋

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