Poll: PowerBrake or Hot Plate?
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View poll results: PowerBrake or Hot Plate?
Marshall PowerBrake
3 25%
THD Hot Plate
9 75%
Voters: 12.
#1
Hello UG'ers

To make a long story short, I have two Gibson Les Pauls running through a BOSS-ME50 pedalboard, BOSS Chromatic Tuner and Slash Cry-Baby Wah-Wah, into a 1964 Fender Bassman Head with original tubes and original 2-12 speakers and cab.

I want to turn my Amp UP loud and then turn the volume down. My father purchased a Marshall PowerBrake and then a THD Hot Plate (4 Ohm)

The PowerBrake is 8 - 16 Ohms and the THD is 4 Ohms, My Fender Bassman is a 4 Ohm amp, and I do not want to injure any of the guts.

I have tried playing through both Hot Plate and PowerBrake, and the Hot Plate seems to "screw" with my tone, because it has a noise reduction effect inside so it messes with my distortion, The PowerBrake does not effect my tones what so ever but it is a 8-16 Ohm not 4 Ohm..

So which one should I use?

I talked to a Vintage Fender Amp Professional and he said the 8 Ohm setting on the PowerBrake will not hurt your 4 Ohm amp.

But does anyone else have any experience with a Attenuator?
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#3
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there's your answer.



Yeah, that is what I am leaning towards but I just wanted some opinions from other UG'ers.
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#4
I talked to a Vintage Fender Amp Professional and he said the 8 Ohm setting on the PowerBrake will not hurt your 4 Ohm amp.


uhh...about that...lol
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#5
Webers from what I know are good,

Why sir, must you pollute your tube amplifier with a crappy multi-fx though.
Its blasphemeous!
#6
Quote by Highwaytohell
Webers from what I know are good,

Why sir, must you pollute your tube amplifier with a crappy multi-fx though.
Its blasphemeous!



Got the PedalBoard before I got the amp...

I love the tone I get from the ME50 and Amp together.

Also I am not a big "stop box" guy, I like everything to be in a pedalboard.
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#8
/\ Very nice!

I am personally a big fan of BOSS because I found that their pedals don't mess with your amp tone, because if I turn everything off and turn my amp up loud, I still get the natural distortion from the amp.
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#9
Quote by Benguitar2
/\ Very nice!

I am personally a big fan of BOSS because I found that their pedals don't mess with your amp tone, because if I turn everything off and turn my amp up loud, I still get the natural distortion from the amp.



I've found the exact opposite. All Boss pedals DO is mess with your tone.


Not matter what pedals you're using and then turn them off while cranking your amp it'll do that.
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#10
Uh....most (if not all) pedals are like that....

but anyway. Weber Mass Attenuators are great.
#11
Quote by SSL27
I've found the exact opposite. All Boss pedals DO is mess with your tone.


Not matter what pedals you're using and then turn them off while cranking your amp it'll do that.



I like how they sound, they don't screw your tone (as much) as Digitech... bleh..
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#13
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Ah yes, Digitech. The Golden Standard.



Lol, in my opinion they are just flat out crappy pedals.
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#15
i have the thd hotplate. its excellent for what its build for. only on the max db selection will you notice tone lose. so far i'm pretty happy with my hotplate. not to mention i got it for 210.
#17
I have to say weber mass. No noticeable tone loss until you use maximum attenuation, and still not much. The treble compensation works great and you can select 4 8 or 16 ohms.
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#18
Get a Weber Mass.


I have not used the THD Hotplate, but this works great.

I can get my Mesa down to midnight playing volume and can run the amp pretty hot but get a nice jamming volume while putting the att. volume at 5-6 so i can always turn it up.

Plus its cheaper.


And the treble boost is great, if you need it, for me personally, it makes my mesa sound better as it rounds off the treble and doesnt make it ice-picky
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#19
Run the powerbrake. If the Hot Plate is 4 ohm, I dunno that I would run it with that amp, though I must confess I have little experience with an attenuator
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#20
Weber Mass is pretty good from what I have heard, but I'm a tone conissuer and want others to be blessed with better tone.

You sir obviously have not played that many FX have you?

Compare any fulltone OD to a boss OD and you'll notice how much more transparent they are.

You need to understand how much it ACTUALLY colors your tone. (Boss uses low-quality buffers to keep tone crappily , as opposed to say cornish pedals which use high-quality buffers to ensure you get no signal loss and have true tone)
Btw which FX do you actually even use?
#22
Quote by Highwaytohell
Weber Mass is pretty good from what I have heard, but I'm a tone conissuer and want others to be blessed with better tone.

You sir obviously have not played that many FX have you?

Compare any fulltone OD to a boss OD and you'll notice how much more transparent they are.

You need to understand how much it ACTUALLY colors your tone. (Boss uses low-quality buffers to keep tone crappily , as opposed to say cornish pedals which use high-quality buffers to ensure you get no signal loss and have true tone)
Btw which FX do you actually even use?



As far as distortion goes..

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