Useful, small foot-print 8ohms attenuator

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  1. starjag

    starjag Member

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    I am looking for a useful, small foot-print 8ohms attenuator for a blackface style amp that pushes 40-45watts. Could you please recommend a few alternatives? Pros, cons? Thanks!
     
  2. dinglehopper

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    I built this:

    http://www.hearditontheweb.com/images/pdf/attenuator.pdf

    Two toggles, each one cuts ~6dB off your signal (total 12 if both are engaged). When not engaged, the signal bypasses the resistors. If you need continuously variable attenuation, this obviously won't work for you. If you're looking to choke your blackface down to a whisper, this won't work for you. If you're just looking to knock some volume off your output, this works great. I've used a Z brake lite, have a weber mass. feels like the brake lite to me (minus the multiple levels of attenuation) - sounds quite good.

    parts were ~$50. the heat conducting silicone was a major part of the cost. If you can get your hands on some, you can make this for peanuts.

    cheers
     
  3. Dewey Cox

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    Weber Mini Mass 50w. Small and effective.
     
  4. wsaraceni

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    brake light is rated up to 45 watts
     

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