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How to choose an attenuator?
Old 24th October 2009
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How to choose an attenuator?

Hi folks!

I've just received a blackheart little giant 5 watt head + 1x12" cab (the blackheart matched one)... I am really happy with the sound BUT, if i crank up the volume to get the overdrive/distortion, i get volumes from 100 to 120 dB!

A little loud for practicing and recording heh

So, I think the best thing is to buy an attenuator, but I am a total newbie with tube amps, how can i choose the right attenuator for my amp?

I'm in total confusion with watt and ohms
Old 24th October 2009
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The most important thing is that it matches the speaker's ohm rating. That will be 2, 4, 6, 8, or 16 ohm.

Beyond that, there are a handful of attenuators. For each model, there are people that love them and people that hate them. The two that seem to pop up the most are the Hotplate and Marshall Power Brake.

Good luck!
Old 24th October 2009
Gear Addict

Get a Weber Mini Mass Attenuator. I had one and it worked great and I only paid $65 for it instead of $500 like some cost. Look on Ebay and Craigslist and if you can't find one you may have to order it from Weber as they build to order only.
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