Attenuator for Deluxe Reverb

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  1. Brad Scott

    Brad Scott Supporting Member

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    Hi,

    I'm thinking of putting an attenuator on my Deluxe Reverb in order to push it a bit more but still keep the volume reasonable.

    I'm considering a Hot Plate. Would another attenuator work better with the DR? I've heard good things about the Ultimate Attenuator, but it might be more than I really need.

    Also, would I want an 8 ohm box?


    Thanks
     
  2. epluribus

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    An attenuator on a DR, whaddya nuts? :)

    I use a Weber Mass on my DR II for the same reason, very cool for sure. The Weber has an impedance selector and a nice line out too.

    --Ray
     
  3. Brad Scott

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    Hey, those 22 watts are LOUD in the home studio! :)
     
  4. Brad Scott

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    Any other good solutions . . . Air Brake maybe?
     
  5. StompBoxBlues

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    What about a separate 12" speaker cab? Unplug the combo and plug in the external. Use a less efficient speaker. Same impedance but much less db rating?

    That can make a significant difference.
     
  6. epluribus

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    True dat. I get more grief from my buds when they see the Mass on my DR II, but it's true--they's way loud at home! But it's so cool being able to push the amp properly at household volumes. Anyhoo, just couldn't resist bein' the gripe-er instead of the gripe-ee for once. :)

    --Ray
     
  7. Dave Orban

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    I've used an Alessandro Muzzle attenuator, and gotten good results.
     
  8. Mullenski

    Mullenski Gold Supporting Member

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    Hot Plate works great with mine. One useful feature is the bright switch on the Hot Plate as it allows you to knock down a little of the brightness of that amp (however goes away once you're turned up to 6, anyway).
     
  9. lukeII

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    I am fairly impressed with Jzucker's demo of the Ultimate attenuator as can be seen on Youtube. Really doesn't affect the tone much. However I just checked and it is 450 bucks so depends on your budget.
     
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  10. NeilYoungFan

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    I recently got myself a DR. As with my other amp, I use a Dr.Z Airbrake.
    The airbrake seems to be made for stage use IMO. At the first 3 positions (with the factory settings that can be changed) it doesn't color the tone at all. The bad news is that... you might not notice the effect of the "attenuator". The volume change is barely audible.
    You have to use it at the bedroom position and there it works well, but will all the cons of an attenuator.
    For someone like me, that needs an attenuator to use with the amp at home and therefore use a lot of attenuation, Ultimate Attenuator seems to be the best choice. For demos and reviews, UA appears to be the only one that can be used for "bedroom levels" with the best results.

    It's very pricey, but since I love the tone of my amps, I'm sure I'll end up buying one in the future.
     
  11. Groovey Records

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    The Allen Accomplice has a master volume and a raw control that works for me.

    It gets the exploding amp on fire tone at reasonable Volume levals outdoors and in.

    EnJOy ThE MuSiC
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    I sometimes use the Weber Mass Lite with my SFDR. It has separate controls for bass and treble attenuation. To be honest, though, I'm not really sure it's worth the trouble of an attenuator with this amp. Although the attenuator works okay, it seems to suck out the mojo from the amp. I agree that a less efficient speaker may be a better solution.
     
  13. GregoryL

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    I've used both the AirBrake and the Bad Cat Leash on my DRRI ... both worked well and I found them transparent at all but the most heavily attenuated settings.
     

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