Friend of Leo's
- Dec 3, 2019
I mostly agree with you. My problem with the 2 watt amps is that they're still too loud to truly crank in my space. If I had a different living situation it would probably be different.
To be clear, my complaint isn't that low power amps aren't useful. It's that the micro amps aren't micro enough for my needs. I need one that is going to be another 10dB quieter, at least. Probably more.
Would this put you in the right territory if you knocked the plate voltage down on the output tubes a whole bunch? Or if you ran only one side of a 12AU7 (or whichever tube) instead of both? Single-ended EF80? You could even *gasp* build a hybrid with a tube pre and SS output.
I seem to recall this will change impedance and you'd have to look at different OTs, but if you want to crank something wide open so everything is cooking, it might be the way to go?
That said, my Black N Tweed barely breaks up at all when it's dimed. So I've got a few overdrive pedals added to the project list.