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  • Tell me everything you know about Power Attenuators

    Specifically the THD Hotplate, and how much does one go for? Im considering that being my next purchase after I buy my DSL. Or is there nothing to it besides it makes an amp get the cranked tone at low volumes?

    Thank you's

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    Re: Tell me everything you know about Power Attenuators

    to get the full tone from a tube amp it needs to be played close to full volume, but obviously thats impractical for home use so a power attenuator allows you to get the full tone from the amp at low volumes.

    I may be completely wrong, but I'm pretty sure thats how it works

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    • #3
      Re: Tell me everything you know about Power Attenuators

      To say that a THD will allow you to get cranked tone at low volumes is a bit of a stretch. You can get cranked tone at LOWER volumes, but it is generally still loud.

      I used my THD with a Fender Twin and it made it manageable in a townhouse. However, if you really decrease the volume that much with any attenuator, it does affect the tone. The fact is that you are not putting as much current to your speakers, so tone is affected.

      That being said, I HIGHLY recommend the THD. I used one and I really liked it. Just don't expect good tone at bedroom volumes with a 4x12!!!

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      • #4
        Re: Tell me everything you know about Power Attenuators

        http://www.amptone.com/

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        • #5
          Re: Tell me everything you know about Power Attenuators

          Umm, because the Powerbrake "is" crap?

          Hmm, check out th Palmer Boxes too!

          Also, if you can get a Marshall SE-100 (I think) attenuator, they are really decent also. Mine was pretty darn cool. Wish I'd never sold it...

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          • #6
            Re: Tell me everything you know about Power Attenuators

            MT, all your questions are answerd in that link I posted.
            And I am a huge fan of the Hotplate.

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            • #7
              Re: Tell me everything you know about Power Attenuators

              Just don't expect good tone at bedroom volumes with a 4x12!!!
              <font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">DOH! haha no I play in my bedroom all the time and I get some good tones, I just dont play at 'bedroom volumes' I aint affraid to wake up the damn neighborhood.

              Yeah you guys have basically answered my qts.

              One more qt, what makes the THD so better than the rest? Especially the Marshall all I hear is crap about the powerbrake.

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              • #8
                Re: Tell me everything you know about Power Attenuators

                Thank ye [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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