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EMB5490  
18 Oct 2008 19:13 | Quote
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hey b4 i go out and get aa half stack, i heard of a intenuator, what does it do exactly?
GRX40  
18 Oct 2008 22:26 | Quote
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The best tones of tube amps usually come at higher volume levels, and with a 100 Watt stack, it's a pain to get to those volumes in a regular practice space (i.e. your house). Attenuators allow you to get these good tones at a lower volume, to make high wattage amps more manageable.

I'm not exactly sure, but I think they limit the amount of power going to the amp.
EMB5490  
19 Oct 2008 08:25 | Quote
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ahh, u know the cost and if there removable, are they like a pedal?
lance  
19 Oct 2008 17:03 | Quote
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they connect between the amp and cab and absorb most of
the current going from the amp to the cab. marshall had the "power brake"
but it was like $700. most high power attenuators are pretty expensive.
you can expect to pay $3-500 for a 100W model

think of it as adding a second master volume between the amp and cab.
like GRX40 said it allows you to crank the amp so you hit that sweet
spot at a friendly volume.
EMB5490  
19 Oct 2008 18:01 | Quote
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thts a lot.
EMB5490  
19 Oct 2008 18:31 | Quote
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im guessing if they are cheap, then they take away tone? any 1 know of any good ones? reasonable price, like aound 100?
lance  
20 Oct 2008 19:14 | Quote
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the "Tube Cube" (160W) can be found on ebay for $149
and is probably the best quality for under $200
they are handmade in the states and use transformers
to soak the signal.


GRX40  
20 Oct 2008 21:48 | Quote
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Some amps come built in with Power Soaks.

I think some larger Carvins do, maybe give them a look if you can? (They'd be pretty hard to find though)
EMB5490  
20 Oct 2008 22:03 | Quote
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oo. 149...thts a lot, id have to secretly buy that. the 160watt means what? how much it holds? how much it lowers? the volume it lowers 2? if i get an attenuator will i get tones that i will get if its cranked but at bedroom volumes? tnx :)


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