last week i had to have my kemper repaired (blank display upon power-up, no powerat all whatsoever). got it back yesterday (yay!), and have since talked back and forth
with the uber-friendly technician @synthesizerservice (achim lenzge) about the reason for the defect. he told me that the culprit was
the power supply (as was to be somewhat presumed). upon asking him about the not-self-servicable fuse (which i thought must be hidden
somewhere inside the KPA, since it's nowhere to be seen at the back or front), he replied that there is no fuse, but that the power supply itself
has an electronical safeguard against overcharge.
i now ask you: what do you do if something like this happens directly before or even during the gig, on site?
that's not far fetched at all, has happened to me before, and was quickly remedied by simply replacing the fuse in question. easy enough.
but now, if you rely solely on your KPA, chances are that one of these days, you're going to be standing in the rain with no amp to use and no possibility of a quick,
self-servicable solution. i truly think that this is a major design-flaw, and that kemper should urgently consider to have the devices's design redone in the manner
which i have just described.
clarification: i still love my kemper madly, it's just that from now on, i will always enter stage with that naggin' feeling that it might break on me
JUST right before or even in the middle of the gig, with nothing that could be done about it other than replacing it with some other kind of gear (if you're lucky enough
to be able to borrow some on the fly or have some kind of replacement ready just in case). in short, as it is right now, the KPA is to be considered unreliable for live usage.
sorry to have to say it, but it's the truth (in my most humblest of opinions).
what do you guys think? discuss!