#1
ok well heres my question. im a little new to the whole tube amp thing but i know that they have better tone the louder you turn them up. i was wondering if theres a way to quiet like say a combo amp so that your amp itself is running at a higher volume than the volume you hear. i was thinking about putting my amp in a plywood box with carpeting glued to the inside of the box to sort of muffle the sound and thus i could turn the amp up louder on the dial but the sound i would hear wouldnt be as loud. anybody know if this works? or something similar i could do... even electronically?
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#2
A device that will do that electronically is an attenuator. It goes between the head and the cab (speakers).

I have heard of isolation boxes for recording (you put the mic in with the cab), but not for general playing. I think you'd lose a lot of high-end that way. Personally I don't think it'd be worth the time and trouble, but if you want to try it, go ahead!!
#5
haha ummm you can put an overdrive in front of it to simulate it, you can play on a smaller amp, ive put a loop pedal and put the volume up all the way on that and got overdrive....but god please dont put your amp in a plywood box haha
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#6
It can be done by sacrificing your tone. I think that if you cover the amp with something you will lost the highs.

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#7
It can be done, if you google 'speaker isolation cabinet', you'll get plenty of results. However, if you get a power attenuator, you can bring the volume up as necessary if you get into a band situation.
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#8
I have an iso box, 3/4 plywood and a bunch of egg crate foam. It works very good for recording but if you turn it up loud the low end sound will leak out, like subs in a car trunk. Dont put a tube combo in an iso box, the heat coming off the tubes will cause problems in many different ways.
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#10
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No, he wants a Weber MASS.

THD Hotplates are rather "bad". More tone suckage at a higher cost.

Try not to go on a brand flamewar.
A HotPlate type device is basically what you want.
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#11
ok attenuator is what i want then. i dont really think the box is a good idea after all (losing high's, over heating tubes... ya). il keep that in mind. might pick one up sometime soon
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#12
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Try not to go on a brand flamewar.
A HotPlate type device is basically what you want.


Fair enough, my bad.
But if you go with an attenuator, look into the MASS.
They're cheaper, at least.
#13
Either get a lower wattage tube amp so you can turn it up or a higher wattage one with attenuator. The box idea is not gonna work to well. And would probably just cook your amp.
#14
Attenuator isn't exactly the answer here. You'll get more power tube saturation, but you'll lose some high and a lot of the dynamics that come with tube amps.
Attenuators should be used to bring down a cranked amp's volume by a few decibels, not to turn it down to conversation/bedroom levels of volume.

Here's the ultimate solution: Re-amping.
cranked amp > dummy load > power amp > cabinet.

Essentially, you're sending the cranked amp's signal to the dummy load, to bring it to line level. Then you run the line level signal to a power amp like a Crate power block, so you can have that cranked tone at any volume.