Power attenuators, Anyone using them?

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  1. GibsonSlash

    GibsonSlash Senior Member

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    Harpo, I got a THD Hot Plate now.
    I was so amazed on how well it does its job, compared to Dr. Z.

    Now I can sizzle the head without having cops busting my door. :thumb:
     
  2. kernelofwisdom

    kernelofwisdom V.I.P. Member

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    very cool. they're mighty useful!
     
  3. GibsonSlash

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    Absolutely the amp best friend.

    Although I had to drive through the snow storm and black ice (freezing rain) last Friday passing few car accidents on the highway, it was a pretty scary scenes out there, but I made it through safely eventhough I almost hit the pavement after my front car skid when turning, few inches left before hitting it. :applause:
     
  4. Harpozep

    Harpozep V.I.P. Member

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    There ya go!:applause::applause:
    I don't quite understand why DR Z did not take it ll the way, silly of them, but now you got the right tool and can really bake your tubes while the family sleeps. Congrads!:applause::applause::D
    The Hot plates are perty too:D
     
  5. GibsonSlash

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    Yea, I love the bulps when they light up when I strum the strings, pretty cool. :D

    Did you get the weber from Fixxer yet?
     
  6. Harpozep

    Harpozep V.I.P. Member

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    It just arrived and is sitting in the other room waiting. I have to find my extra speaker cable. As you know, we don't need a super long extra cable, but we do need a decent on. My $80.00 ( Yes $80.00 ) guitar cable REALLY made a huge difference in tone, so I don't want to compromise. I may invest in a 3-6 foot speaker cable from the same company for the attenuator.
     
  7. Gunner

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    Which speaker cables do you use? Thank you.
     
  8. Harpozep

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    PACS Professional Audio Cable Solutions
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    Good , if a bit pricey stuff,.
    As I get older I'm paying more attention to these small details and they are paying of well to my ears.


    I use their guitar cables. I will see if they make Speaker cbles as they are not specifically listed.
    They guitar cables open up any amp I've put them through making me able to run the tone controls much lower plus they have more gain/= lees dropdown in the path. So they actually give me MORE ability with my tone controls. The guitar caqbles are directional which is the way PACS make them.
     
  9. GibsonSlash

    GibsonSlash Senior Member

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    I doubt it's being sold here.
    I use a PlanetWave Speaker Cable, it serves me well.
     
  10. Gunner

    Gunner CEO Teen Axe Leader V.I.P. Member

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    Wow Harpozep ! Thanks for the Info. Sounds like a killer cable. I'll do a little search to see if they're available in Canada. Thanks.
     
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    Gunner CEO Teen Axe Leader V.I.P. Member

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    You've had no problems with those? How expensive are they? Thank you.
     
  12. GibsonSlash

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    Those PW speaker cables sold around $26 +tax if I can recall correctly.
    But it won't be more than $30.

    I would've used a Monster Cable if L&M carried them, but no choice on better ones.
     
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    Harpo,

    What's your review on the weber?
     
  14. Harpozep

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    Well, this Weber is different than the other Webers in that the tone is controlled by two different attenuation circuits, one boosts/reduces the mids and lows while the other acts only on the highs. So I could pull down to bedroom levels in one frequency range while keeping the other range at full attenuation.
    This takes some getting used to .

    My Combo amp, the Carr Mercury already has an attenuator in it. I've bypassed it and tried the Weber, but the speaker cable needs to be longer. So I'm going off to the amp store to try it with heads and cabs, since that's what it will likely go to .
    I'm wanting a Marshall or Orange for a harder sound than the Carr, though that fits most my needs quite well.
    I sold all my other heads and cabs and am in a combo phase. Traded my Measa Lonestar Special.
    My Roland cubes are self contained. My Vox has a built in attenuator as does the Carr. So I'm in need of a tube head to use it on. There is actually a combo I want to use it with. I have it on order, but it's a boutique company an the owner is slow right now. Greis seahorse.

    I'll report more when I play with it some more. There are some DR Z amps I'll be auditioning at a local store, so I'll bring the Weber.
    The Weber seems like a neat tool, but this particular version is a bit different than what I'm used to. Seems like a winner though. I just have to try it with some more gear.
     
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    Pluggn the plugs? Lol .... I have generally found that the best sounding cables are made of copper. Imop :cool:
     
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    The Ultimate attenuator has way better tone than a Hot Plate or Dr.Z.
     
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    Anyone know how a Weber Mass 50W compares to a 100W version when using it on the same amp?
    I understand a 100W Weber can attenuate even further.
    But is there a difference in tone when the 50W Weber is working hard to get my tone down compared to the 100W version (which would use less effort to attenuate the same tone, right?
     
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    I did not read every page of this thread but, if I got this right, I would want a 100w attenuator for my Marshall DSL40C (40w)?
     
  19. wizard1183

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    yes you're correct
     

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