I posted a request for help in finding something that would get "the sound" I hear in my head at less than "honey call the police" volumes. I thought I needed a Master Volume amp. I got some great responses here and at the BaM board, but some people telling me that a MV isn't the way to go. I guess I just don't understand the concept the way I do. I thought a MV would let me push the power tubes harder at a lower speaker volume. And I thought an attenuator did the same thing to a non-MV amp. I know you'll never get the same sound at 105 db that you will at more neighbor-friendly levels, but I'm guessing I'm missing something. I thought MV and attenuation were close to the same thing, and were a "90% solution" to getting that saturated power tube tone. Can someone explain to a non-physics major? Many thanks in advance. This is my first time really getting into researching amps, and I'm liking it, just a bit confused.