Who makes a good attenuator for guiar amp?

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  1. Big John Studd

    Big John Studd Friend of Leo's

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    No, I was teaming with some PNNL engineers on a DOD project for a couple of years and would get out there several times a year for design reviews and so forth. It is one of the all time coolest electronics shops! And Bernie has some cool stories too.
     
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    I just compared a recording of my Marshall class 5 with and without my Weber Mass.

    You can hear a difference. The Weber tone was not as bright and spikey. I actually preferred the sound with the Weber Mass 50. The difference would probably not even be audible to a non musician. The fact that it effects the sound slightly does not bother me. I look at an attenuator as another piece of gear that will effect the sound.

    The difference between the sounds that I recorded are nonexistent compared to say the differences between speakers so it's a little strange to me when people say attenuators effect the sound too much. They don't effect the sound nearly as much as your big muff distortion box, and delay peddle and chorus and octopus and on and on does.
     
  3. Davo17

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    Ive never needed to use my mini mass with my class 5, but I will try it.
    When I was still in an apartment I ran the speaker into the headphone out to cut the output to around .5 watts.
     
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    Anyone ever tried building one of the resistive types?
     
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    Yes I built one a few weeks ago to use on my JCM800.
    It is easy and fun!
    I leave it on 3 and add a little PPIMV too - result is a 50w living room amp:p

    I didn't build the rheostat version as I have the PPIMV.

    Try it, it's like the Brake Lite but MUCH cheaper:p

    http://ampgarage.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8733
     
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    I am using a hand wired 18 watt AFD built by Brian at BFG amplification, talk about a smoking lead amp wow, but for small gigs miced its a little strong.
     
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    Slight hijack maybe. Have you used the Reignmaker? If so, how do you like it at different levels of attenuation. I'm considering one for an amp build, but didn't know how good the quality is unattenuated.
     
  8. BluezyBruce

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    I just picked up a Dr Z Brake lite but haven't had a chance to try it yet. Will get back to everyone about it.
     
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    Jet city is making one now has anyone tried it yet.
     
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    My old 50 watt Mesa Boogie has never had any audio taper in the master Volume below 2. The amp is either loud or off. It is a goofy design flaw with the DC-5 (I think it is a flaw).

    I am looking at Weber power attenuators. Additional options include a XLR line out. It is only $15 for the XLR line out but I don't see any purpose in it. I just want to be able to have the amp on 3 or 4 and not be running stage levels that are too hot.

    Anyone see a use in a XLR output on an attenuator?
     
  11. Frodebro

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    Yep. If you're using the amp to record with and have cab impulses available, it is a DI into your interface that captures both the preamp and power amp of your rig.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    Been using the Palmer PGA-04... great unit
     
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    The Unleash is really a great tool! I've had one for a month now and it is proving to be one of the most useful pieces of gear I have. All the pluses you listed, Larry, but the one that sold me was the effects loop for running all of those effects that sound best after distortion, and in this case, after even power amp distortion which amp effects loops can't even do! Expensive, though. But it does such a good job it may just be worth it. Now the real problem is that it has opened up a whole new range of amps...that I can't afford :lol:
     
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    Loss of articulation at low volume probably a speaker that won't move without enough power, try a lower wattage speaker all attenuators suck tone I personally wouldn't go that route.
     
  16. wrxmania

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    THD Hotplate for me. Works brilliantly in a professional or studio context, good features and I find one main feature ideal - if I am playing in a venue where the amp sounds dull or lacks bottom end - I have a bright and a deep switch - both have a subtle but great effect.

    Invaluable for my Mesa Mark IV and my Fender Concert II.
     
  17. wrxmania

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    The one major feature I don't think anyone has mentioned here - this allow your amp an valves to run a lot hotter and get great power tune distortion and tone, not just preamp.
     
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