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Using a phone app, I did register peaks above 110db when it was dime. I think the sweet spot for me is 7-8 and then using the guitar's volume pot to adjust the level of drive and it doesn't seem excessive to me. Using a Suhr RL in parallel cuts the output if I need to just fine. I've put fuzz through it, and I've experimented with a bit of boost but generally I'm getting plenty of what I'm looking for straight into the amp.I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one with volume issues regarding my recently acquired Hombre, as shared in a separate thread yesterday.
I'm playing in my office sized music room in a detached house, so my own comfort level is my limit.
With a phone db meter, I'm comfortable tapping out around 95 db, maybe high 80s on average, at about 4 to 6 feet or so away.
My Tone King Gremlin attenuated gives me amazing results, best ever, with the above levels.
I couldn't comfortably get the Hombre past 2 or 3, and 3 is already crazy loud tapping out at way over 100-110 db, so that's way beyond healthy and becomes physically uncomfortable for me. And there's of course no breakup yet.
I tried pedals and the Origin Revivaldrive gives okay results, but not more than okay. It's just no fun fiddling with the volume knob at 1/100th of an inch to find a bearable level.
I knew beforehand breakup without pedals wasn't possible, but the results are disappointing. Even though I do love the amp's clean sound, but I only play my Strats super clean.
So yeah, attenuators seem to be the next try.
What I don't get is how some of you seem to be able to play non master 20 and more Watt amps in such a setting?!? Am I such a wimp?