#1
Ok so My amp is 120 watts, I want to knock it down a bit because its so dam loud. Is it true if I take out a few tubes it will lower the wattage? I was thinking of taking 2/4 out, what will that make it sound like? Will there be dangers involved in this?
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#2
yes its true taking out tubes will lower wattage, but that wont change the volume much. its doubtful you'll even notice a difference on a 120 watter.

your best bet for volume is to use the master/channel volume and some sort of pedal combination (volume, drive, compressor, etc) to get a better sound. i dont know what you're after so i cant offer much more advice than that
#4
since the volume knob is hard to use have you thought about taking out all the tubes?
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Quote by AcousticMirror
since the volume knob is hard to use have you thought about taking out all the tubes?

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#6
Get a volume pedal.
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#7
Couldn't you use a pedal or something that has a volume control (like a clean boost) and run it set low (or off) between the preamp and poweramp?
#8
Well I don't want to loose the punch that the amp gives when running hot.
Hot plate would be my only option then?
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#9
Quote by Sheepbane
Well I don't want to loose the punch that the amp gives when running hot.
Hot plate would be my only option then?

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#10
Use the volume knob, like AM said.

An attenuator won't really do anything for you - there is no way in hell one would make a 120W amp sound like a 1W amp anyway. They're moreso for slight volume adjustments, most usable on stage to get levels right, etc.
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#11
so an attenuator wont let me runmy amp hotter at lower volumes?
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#12
Quote by Sheepbane
so an attenuator wont let me runmy amp hotter at lower volumes?

It will, but the more you turn it down, the more it will sound like you're just turning the master volume down, so it will affect the tone. Attenuators are more for use at clubs where you want the tone of your amp at 7, but at the level of 6. You can't get the sound of a 120 watt amp cranked at bedroom levels. You just can't.

Just turn down the master volume, dude.
#13
it doesn't sound as hot because it isn't as loud.

why not do this quick experiment. grab your stereo...

play your favorite song really loud.

then play it really soft.
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#14
I have a 120w tube half-stack in my room...I can have it as at a whisper, Pretty sure if you can't manage the master and channel volume, you're doing something wrong.

the "Punch" is when it's turned up louder, You don't need your tube amp cranked to get a good punchy sound.
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#15
Yes you cab pull two tubes, usually the inside two, you'll need to rebias aswell.

It won't change volume substantially, but should help rid rid of that big Blume jump right around 1 on the master volume.
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#16
I've been reading about running 100W amps with one tube. Not planning on doing it myself but it's interesting. It'd take forever for me to dig it up, but I found a youtube video of a guy running some marshall with 1 power tube.


All I'm going to say about attenuators, is that I feel like most people are probably familiar with the Hot Plate. Without writing a huge rant, lol @ the Hot Plate 16dB attenuation.
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ATTENUATOR!!

Oh god, read the thread.

Also, the Hot Plate really sucks, especially considering what they charge for them.
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#18
Quote by Sheepbane
Ok so My amp is 120 watts, I want to knock it down a bit because its so dam loud. Is it true if I take out a few tubes it will lower the wattage? I was thinking of taking 2/4 out, what will that make it sound like? Will there be dangers involved in this?


Depends on the amp... with the 5150/6505 head you can take out the inner two or outer two power tubes to lower it to ~60 watts.

--==** This will mess with your speaker impedance setting! **==--

You must set it to half of whatever your normal setting is. If you have a 16 ohm cab, you must put the selector to 8 ohms on the amp.

As far as the sound? Doesn't seem to make one damn bit of difference.
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