#2
I think its just to makes your amps volume knob a little less touchy.
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#3
It doesnt make you knob less touchy
it does what its called attenuate.

It just acts like a volume knob outside your amp so you can turn up your amp
and get it to distort but then have another volume control after the distortion so you dont damage your ears.
#4
So would putting a volume pedal in the effects loop do the same thing? If not, I'd like to try and build one of these little guys.
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#5
no. a volume pedal in the loop will cause u to lose the distortion to be gained by cranking the amp...same concept as the vol knob on a guitar, just after the preamp...
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#6
This will allow you to drive your preamp harder, but you will not get good drive out of your poweramp. I actually think that a volume pedal would be the same thing in this case. Its basically a master volume that goes after the preamp.
#11
Well I better go test this out!
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#12
If youre looking for the tone of cranked power tubes the 20$ volume box wont do it. If your amp has a gain and volume knob turning the amps volume knob down will have the same effect as turning this volume knob down. Your just cutting the signal going to the power amp. If you want to cranked tube amp tone the only way to do it is crank the amp then reduce the signal going to the speakers. Way to do that is with 1 of those not so cheap attenuators.
#13
Even if I have the volume knob cranked?
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#14
Yearsh.

If you want the sound of your amp dimed, you need a real attenuator.

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#15
Well, since my soldering iron is hot already, I'll build this for the hell of it.
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#16
It's nothing special, serves the same purpose as a Master Volume.

That $20 is a ripoff. Unless you have a non master volume tube amp with HAS an FX loop (unlikely), then it'll effectively add a MV. Otherwise, forget it.
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#17
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It's nothing special, serves the same purpose as a Master Volume.

That $20 is a ripoff. Unless you have a non master volume tube amp with HAS an FX loop (unlikely), then it'll effectively add a MV. Otherwise, forget it.



mine doesnt. nor does the hot rod deluxe.
#18
The volume knob goes in the effects loop and lowers the volume going to the power tubes. It is not an attenuator. An attenuator goes between the amp and the speakers and uses resistors to reduce the power going to the speakers. On a hot rod, a volume knob is nice (I use one) because the built-in volume knob is so damn touchy.

You can build one for under $10 but, if you don't solder or have the time, $20 is not that bad.
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mine doesnt. nor does the hot rod deluxe.


sounds good then!
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#20
Well I built it last night but i must not have got it right. The signal went through but the pot did nothing.

MT in Austin: I'll check those plans out and maybe it'll work.
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#21
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On a hot rod, a volume knob is nice (I use one) because the built-in volume knob is so damn touchy.


If I remember correctly, the Hot Rod is so touchy because they use a linear volume pot instead of an audio pot for what ever reason. Basically they messed up. Simply replacing that pot with an audio one should fix your problem and then you wont need a volume pedal