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Marshall Powerbrake, is it any good?

Anyone testet a Marshall Powerbrake, is it any good, does it degrade the sound quality in any way?

Any similar better products out there?
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Anyone testet a Marshall Powerbrake, is it any good, does it degrade the sound quality in any way?

Any similar better products out there?

I used one years ago and found it quite effective.
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I found it quite effective as a weight when placed inside as kick drum.
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Anyone testet a Marshall Powerbrake, is it any good, does it degrade the sound quality in any way?

Any similar better products out there?
The Hot Plate gets good reviews in various forums.

http://www.thdelectronics.com/products/hotplate.htm

Can't say the same for the Powerbrake.
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....the Weber Mass has been great for me in live apps. with my sl's, but
...i don't use it in the studio though as I feel it rolls off the high end....
--I will use earplugs instead.....
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I just don't believe in it. Years ago, I used a loaned PowerBrake for a studio recording and my Marshall Super Lead died withtin 2 hours. Also, I didn't like the sound.
Wasn't the introduction of the first master volume amps the first 'Power Brake' of sorts? I never liked these too (except for my Fender Blues Junior).

The sustain/saturation just isn't the same. I'd rather use an amp modeler or plug-in instead of castrating a perfectly good amp. Though there's nothing that can beat a good amp in its unleashed state....

YMMV
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The Hot Plate works good until you start getting into higher reduction. The thing is, 8 or even 12db of reduction isn't really a whole lot for a 100 watt tube amp in terms of bringin' down the pain. Remember, for full output tube saturation, you need to dime your master volume!

If I wanted to crank a Fender or other 20-40 watt tube amp for saturation, I'd get a Hot Plate again in a second...
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I found it quite effective as a weight when placed inside as kick drum.

That is about all it's good for......

The Weber is much much better...Doesn't degrade the sound to me.....
We use it mostly on a Pelxi. Also we use it for matching impeadence between heads and certain cabs like Cordavox and and a few others..
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So, what basically many of you say is every/most of these devices 'will' change/degrade the sound in some way?
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Try this link:

http://www.ultimateattenuator.com/home.html

This is supposed to be the best one available. I'd be lying if I said I'd tried it but I have a hotplate and find it unsatisfactory. Peter Stroud and Doyle Bramhall use this and love it.

Good Luck
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Power brakes change the sound, of course. Diming a plexi straight into a cabinet will sound different from diming it into a brake and then a cab. It definetly does get you power tube distortion at lower volumes, but it seems to work best with marshall amps. Most people seem to prefer some of the other attenuators previously mentioned.
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