Tips for Taming a Matchless DC-30

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  1. aj633

    aj633 Member

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    Anyone have any tips for taming a Matchless DC-30 while preserving tone? I haven't liked the MV down, the Low Power doesn't seem to help, and I'm to the point of thinking about a lower wattage amp.:drown
     
  2. supersonic1414

    supersonic1414 Silver Supporting Member

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    A good attenuator may be only option! And a worthwhile investment
     
  3. aj633

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    How much is a good attenuator going to differ from a MV?
     
  4. justin

    justin Gold Supporting Member

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    I use an Aracom DAG version attenuator with mine all the time. Works great. I'm sure an Alex or rock crusher would work too. Airbrake didn't work so well.
     
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    What's one of those gonna run me?
     
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    I use an Alex lately with my Bad Cat Trem Cat (similar to DC-30) and it sounds WAY more like the amp's real tone using that to tame dbs than when using the master volume. Turning down with the master volume results in a brighter, thinner tone - not a bad tone, actually, but not like the sound of the amp with the master out of circuit, which is a much fuller, richer sound at anything above 1 on the volume knob.
     
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    Get a lightening. Same vibe but at a much more manageable volume
     
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    Keep an eye out for the soon-to-be-released BadCat Unleash. It's Attenuator function preserves 100% of your amps original tone. It can also increase wattage up to 100w and features an adjustable/footswitchable lead boost, dummy load, and a DI with speaker sim.
     
  9. FFTT

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    Yes!


    Also you can cut volume dramatically by going to lower efficiency
    speakers like original CTS or in new speakers, Weber 12A125A's
     
  10. Madison

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    I used this setup for a while with an SC and DC30. In the end, went to a lower powered amp. That's a lot of weight to deal with, and you're trying to cut volume...so you have to ask yourself is the view worth the climb.

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  11. rmconner80

    rmconner80 Cantankerous Luddite Silver Supporting Member

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    SC30... One speaker is noticeably quieter with this amp!

    A nice clearsonic plexi shield works great to spread the SPLs around the stage / room and cut down on the directionality / concentration.

    I always run mine on LO but you're right... it barely helps.

    You might try the 2x5V4 option - it should cut down a bit on the super fast attack.

    I have not had success with attenuators, although I have only tried the Bad Cat Leash. It preserves the 'tone' but you lose all the 'feel' of the amp and speaker, which to me is a HUGE part of this amp. It just feels compressed and cardboardy and fake.

    I run the Spitfire more often. While the 15W amps don't have the same WHOMP, they are a bit easier on the volume.
     
  12. Blue Strat

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    A cheap thing to try is changing the rectifier(s) to a 5R4 (the stock tube is a 5AR4). This drops the plate voltage and will allow the amp to compress and break up at lower volumes. This is a common trick for 5AR4 amps that need to be tamed and has worked for a lot of guys.
     
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    Should you decide to go w a lower wattage alternative, you may want to look at the TC15 from Trinity Amps. Basically a 15 watt HC30 for way less money and wonderful tone.

    Just saw there's one in the emporium (not mine).
     
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