Like almost everyone else, I am looking for the best tone at the lowest volume. After the kids are in bed and I get time to play with my loud, expensive toys the experience is reduced because of the low volumes that I have to keep. I've tried attenuators (hotplate and MASS), I've tried slaving into a SS amplifier. The slaving has produced the best results, but I can't help but think that it can get better. The attenuators that I have tried seem to squash my dynamics and also really attenuate the high-end way too much. I've stumbled across the Sequis Motherload and am intrigued because it has a reactive load and a speaker simulator, but I don't really plan to do a whole lot of recording. Does anyone have any experience with the Motherload or the Richter Control attenuator? Do they preserve a tube amps dynamics as the signal is attenuated? What frequencies seem to get lost in the attenuated signal? The reviews of the Motherload are quite positive and some of the folk over at GearSlutz seem to quite like them. A bunch of signal chains are possible, but here are 2: 1) guitar --> 100W amp --> Motherload via amps speaker out --> Mixer via Motherload XLR line-out --> studio monitors 2) guitar --> 100W amp --> Motherload via amps speaker out --> Bogner OS 2x12 openback cab via MotherLoad "thru to cab" feature and using MotherLoads built in attenuator The mixer in the first chain is optional as you could go directly to monitors that accept a XLR input. With the first option the speaker simulator introduce a "miked speaker" sound to the signal. The second option uses my cab but is basically an attenuated sound. The first option requires the Motherload while the second option really only needs the Richter Control. Now for the kicker... The MotherLoad is $900, while the Richter Control is *only* $450. In that price range is also the Ultimate Attenuator, but after adding options to it, sure does quickly get expensive. And overall I wonder which of the 2 signal chains will sound and "feel" better? Of course I realize that a key part of the overall cranked amp sound will be missing, the speaker compression (will the Motherload speaker sim help with this?) and air movement but I don't have the luxury of a proper practise space to enjoy that All thoughts and opinions are welcome. I know that attenuators have been covered to death here, but there is relatively little info on the Sequis stuff. BTW, I am not looking for "smaller amp" suggestions because I like the sounds and features of my 100W amp! Michael G.