#1
Hi guys,

I have amp: Laney cub 15W tube amp.
genres: Rock (queen, pearl jam, eric clapton, blues)

When I play in max volume (10 in the knob) the sound is amazing!
but when I play in low volume (3 in the knob) the sound is different, not the same warm and feel. I know that is beacuse of the nature of tube amps.

1.My question is, I usually play in low volume but I want to have a rich sound, as close as possible to the rich sound i get in max volume, how can I do this?

2. If I turn on the amp 1 hour before I`m playing will this help?

3. do you advise me the switch to other amp (solid state/transistor) that dont have the ratio between volume and quilty? does sound of a solid state amp in low volume is better then the sound of tube amp in low volume?

please help.
Last edited by nadabometal at Mar 7, 2014,
#2
It's because you are pushing the power tubes into distortion. Short of adding an attenuator, your best bet is to just push the preamp harder with a boost pedal. It won't be the same as power tube distortion but it will get you a bit closer.
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^ that.

Plus, speakers in general sound better when they push more air, so an attenuator will help but I don't think you'll get exactly there.
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Any of you guys have luck using dimmer switches? I've been wondering about that
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#5
I read that attenuator works well in volume 6-7 (insted of using max 10 volume) so I understand that in low volume 3-4 it will not make some different.

but,
1. In high volume only the distortion sound better (beacuse of the amp satoration)? or also the clean sound is better?
2. Can I get better sound in low volume by using some effect pedals?
3. Can I get better sound in low volume in transistor amps?
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Quote by Cathbard
It's because you are pushing the power tubes into distortion. Short of adding an attenuator, your best bet is to just push the preamp harder with a boost pedal. It won't be the same as power tube distortion but it will get you a bit closer.


you're probably using od and boost pedal interchangeably, but i'd get an od on the basis that using it as a boost may still be too loud, and if it is, you can use an od's built-in overdrive instead.
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#7
Doesn't your amp have a low power input (I mean, aren't there two inputs, one of which says 15W and other that says 1W)? Use that.



Also experiment with different volume and gain levels.
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yes I have 1 watt input but I have noticed that in 15 watt I get a better sound in low volume than 1 watt in high volume.
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I have no idea if this works for your amp but can you remove some of the power tubes to lower the volume but still get them to break up? Definitely research this before trying.
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I have no idea if this works for your amp but can you remove some of the power tubes to lower the volume but still get them to break up? Definitely research this before trying.
It won't. It's an A/B amp with only two tubes. It has a low power mode to do what you are talking about instead.
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It won't. It's an A/B amp with only two tubes. It has a low power mode to do what you are talking about instead.


It has two types of tubes but overall its 4 tubes.
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The other two are preamp tubes, the amp will stop emitting sound if you removed one of these in every one channel amp.

The tubes you would be removing are the power tubes, but the thing wouldn't really work since, again, this is a 2 tubes A/B amp.
Check the wikipedia article about amps if you fancy that so you can get some better ideas of how the things work and why that wouldn't.
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A 15W tube amp... no chance.
Get a Yamaha THR or something like that.
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