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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Gigino, Jun 15, 2005.
best master volume amp for low volume plaiyng. Something you can use at home
What is best? I have no idea. I can say this, I have a Two Rock Custom that sounds pretty freaking incredible with the wife and child updstairs awake, but not disturbed by the volume levels. For wife and child asleep, it is workable but it does lose its magic at that low a volume.
My Peters amp (www.PetersAmps.com) has a killer Master
Volume. I seems to sound very full when way down, and just
becomes more dynamic as it goes up.
I'm very happy with my dual channel.
I wish I could afford pick up another with different preamps!
Nowadays, many of the better amps have great Master Volumes (or other form of attenuation). - Two Rock, VHT, Fuchs, Aiken, THD, etc.
You need to figure out what style amp you want, then you can find one with a great low volume sound.
All of the Two Rocks I've owned had exceptional master volumes. So do my SLO and Makoplex. The best MV I've ever used though is on my Uberschall. Incredibly huge tone that can go from crushing to fat and woody at any volume.
The one high gain amp whose MV disappointed me was a Splawn Quickrod. It needed some volume to open up.
Maven Peal - not Master Volume - Wattage Control / Sag Control
I haven't tried em yet but I have one coming, Stephenson (uses Power Scaling)
My Sommatone's Master Volume is VERY good.
I had an Alessandro which had good Master Volume - but one draw back was that I had to switch a lot of setting to get the same sound at the different ends of the Master Volume spectrum
You didn't say it had to be a tube amp, but I'm guessing that's what you're talking about?
If not, I'll take an SS or modeling amp or the guitarport ($99.00) any day for low volume playing.
Another vote for the SLO at low volumes with the master. Just make sure you have the depth mod to compensate on the low end.
Shiva seems to deliver quite well at those low volumes.
I'll give my vote to Power Scaling. I've got a Stephenson LJ-10 with it and it retains dynamics and tone much better than attenuators or any other amp mastervolume I've tried.
+1!! I've owned a lot of master volume amps, and the Uberschall by far was the best at sounding great at any volume. In contrast, I thought the Shiva needed to be really opened up to sound good whereas the 100B and 101B was good, but not great in terms of having a good master volume. Mark Cameron's Aldrich mod also sounds killer at any volume too.
http://www.mavenpeal.com/ Can't beat em!
Admittedly I haven't used the other amps mentioned so far, but the Guytron I'm using has a slaved power amp section for real power tube OD before the MV, so it is designed around the idea of getting true amp overdrive at any volume. The limiting factor is driving speakers hard enough to contribute to the quality of the OD, but that is true with any amp.
+1 for Power scaling. It can be installed on any tube amplifier. I played a 100 watt marshall that was power scaled at television volume and got a great cranked tone. Master volume does not even come close. I have seen it installed on supers, bassmans, marshalls, boogies. Works awesome. I am sold on it.
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