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Are there any good, cheap attenuators out there? I'm looking to buy one with the sole purpose of playing my amp at high power at low volume. Things like the THD Hot Plate are pretty expensive, and I was wondering if there was anything cheaper.
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^Yeah, I'm looking for stuff like that. I found one on the US craigslist (UK has $20 shipping) for like $10... do those kinds of things do what they're supposed to? If so, I'll try to get one of them.
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#5
That's not an attenuator. That's basically a second master volume - it goes between the preamp and the poweramp. An attenuator goes after the power amp.
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What kind of effect would it have then?

EDIT: It seems like I can buy the Weber Mass 100w Power Attenuator at a good price, used. I think I'll go with that.
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Yeah, I understand that.
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#10
Really? Okay..

That does mean it doesn't sound that good...And you're just "shortening" your tubes' lifespan..

What I mean I do, is I use the attenuator, let's say, during a full band practice, and use it to get power tube distortion at slightly lower volume, but it would still be loud enough to play a gig.
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I didn't plan on running my amp crazy high, but I'm planning on buying a Legacy, and from reviews I've read, I've heard it doesn't get a great sound until you turn it up a little ways. It's basically so I can get a good sound and not have to worry about killing my ears. I'm also in a band, so the amp isn't just for bedroom purposes.
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Good to know it sounds good haha

Still, I think it'll be a good idea to have an attenuator for the amp.
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i got my THD hotplate for 210 off ebay. the thing is practically brand new. just match up your ohms and your set. as for losing tone and stuff. i only notice that when i crank it to -16DB, which is the last one. the THD hotplate is one of the best out there. you can't go wrong. as for the weber. i heard good thing about it but the thing looks 2 ugly lol, plz don't flame me for that :P
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I don't care if it's ugly, haha. Yeah, I was going to get the amp first, but I found onef or $50 on ebay, and it ends in 4 days. I probably wont end up getting it, but theres a chance that I might decide the deal is too good to pass up.
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^Why flame you? We get something that's much cheaper brand new, that no one is really even going to be looking at when we play. Don't think we're losing out.

hmm last time i check a weber mass was around 200ish price range?
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^they're about 160-200 new, and the hot plate is like 350-400 new
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hmm last time i check a weber mass was around 200ish price range?


Last time I checked the guy just found one for $50 he might buy. TS go for it, that's a great deal if it's in good condition .
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Last time I checked the guy just found one for $50 he might buy. TS go for it, that's a great deal if it's in good condition .

lol sry im not good with grammar when i type fast
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Hmmm...I really want to go for it now, but I think it'll be a couple months till I get my amp anyway. I might just wait on it, but it'll probably be a last-minute decision.

Thanks for the help guys
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yeah. Im gonna wait on it and see what happens
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