To all komet users, what attenuator do you use?

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  1. Young Angus

    Young Angus Member

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    Ive got a komet and really need to buy an attenuator for it...those of you who have played one will know why ;)

    The one im most likely to get and that is easiest to get is a THD Hotplate, and ive heard mixed reviews about these but mainly good...although none from komet users.

    So what do you komet guys think about if the hotplate will go well with the komet or if theres as better one that would suit it more?

    Any comments welcome...cheers :D
     
  2. philster

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    Not sure about the HotPlate, but I have been using the Komet Airbrake with excellent results. Yes, at maximal attenuation settings, the dynamics get squashed and you lose the frequency extremes, but at 2 or 3 clicks, the tone stays very much intact and makes the amp usable for most situations.
     
  3. Timster

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    doood, just get some ear plugs and blast away!!!:D ;)
     
  4. Blueser

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    I have tried the Hotplate, Z. Airbrake, and the Allessandro Muzzle, and the best attenuator I have found with the Connie is the Weber MASS 50. Simply incredible tone, and is $100 less than the next highest product.
     
  5. VaughnC

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    VaughnC'ism: To me...."an attenuator on a Komet is like washing your hands while wearing gloves" :eek:.

    For lower volume overdrive, I much prefer the right OD pedal in front of the Komet and letting the amp breathe its fire the way it was intended.
     
  6. 908SSP

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    I use a brand new Ultimate. Kind of cheesy box but nicer then the Alessandro I have. Sounds slightly better too. Will take any input from 4 to 16 ohms to any output from 4 to 16 ohms. Infinitely adjustable volume no steps. Only down side for me is the fan comes on any time it is plugged in the fan is very quiet. It is powered not just passive. Has a line out with volume adjuster.
     
  7. Blueser

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    Although this is totally subjective, I cannot find an OD or distortion pedal anywhere that give me the tonal complexity of my Constellation through a Weber MASS. Lord knows I tried a ton of them!

    To each their own I guess!
     
  8. Dr Rico

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    I use a Kometbrake or a Weber Mass or an Alessandro Muzzle, depending on the desired load. I run my attenuator in parallel and out of the signal path to knock down the volume by about 3 dB. Works great. Sounds great. Feels great. What's not to like?
     
  9. Chuck Snider

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    With my Komet 60 ,The Alessandro Muzzle and the Komet brake were better sounding than the THD.. I think the THD sounded great with my 100 (140) watt superlead though.. All in all I think any attenuator takes away from the Komets tone and feel, Maybe you should try less efficient speakers first ? or a 2X12 instead of a 4X12... The Komet sounds best unleashed IMO....
     
  10. Distortion

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    Me too :D
     
  11. Weldaar

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    Komet AirBrake? Is that the same as the Dr Z AirBrake,or is that the older one with the Ohmite resistor? They are hard to find.
     
  12. Robal

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    I have two Komet Airbrakes, a THD, and an Ultimate Attenuator that I just got for use with my Komet 60. I have preferred using the Airbrake as a load, like BrewBeck, but that only cuts the power about in half. I wanted to take it down more so I got the UA. I haven't had a chance to really compare it with the Airbrake, but I will over the next month or so and report back.
     
  13. pfrischmann

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    I've been thinking about the ULTIMATE myself. I'd be very interested to see what you turn up.

    Thanks,
    Paul
     
  14. RobertMiller

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    Interested to hear about the UA as well.

    Never tried the Weber MASS. But I have done an a/b with a Hot Plate and a Kometbrake at the house. Kometbrake was more transparent to my ears. Also worked great during a trial run with a Komet 60 at my last gig. Will soon be the proud owner of a 60 and a brake, and my rig/tone quest will be over.
     
  15. Bearded

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    Just curious. Is it harmful to run 2 attenuators on an amp. 1 as a load on the 2nd spkr out to lower the output, and 1 in line with the cab down 1 or 2 clicks?

    Is that ok? I'm sure the tone would be better this way than running an attenuator in line down to -12db or so, which squaushes out all the dynamics.

    Joe
     
  16. Ed DeGenaro

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    Uhem...why not the 100 watt Mass? Seems with the 50 you'd be pushing it.
     
  17. dayn

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    I have the same question about using 2 attenuators on a Komet...safe? Good results?

    Thanks!
     
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  19. dayn

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    Need it? Maybe yes, maybe no...

    ...but is the 2 attenuator idea going to work?
     
  20. mlongano

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    Maybe Hogy will chime in here...
     

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