What power attenuator for a Fender Super Reverb?

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  1. Ben Sp

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    Non-master volume Super Reverb. Thanks
     
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    Super Reverbs have 2 ohms, which is uncommon enough that I'm apprehensive to go for a ohm-specific one like the THD Hotplate, as much as people love those. It'd be nice to use it on other amps (with other ohmages) too.

    Anyone have a good experience with a particular attenuator on a Super Reverb?
     
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    Sorry, but I will be a little off topic here. I hate attenuators. They change the sound too much for my taste. And the 2 ohm load is problematic. If it is not a vintage SR (you didn't mention), then I would install a VVR. But if vintage, I definitely would NOT install a VVR, but I also wouldn't use an attenuator with those vintage transformers. I'd rather see you disconnect two speakers and run mismatched at 4 ohms :)

    What are you trying to accomplish? Just take the edge off? Cut it down to bedroom levels (a pipe dream at best)? What is your goal here?
     
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    I bought a Weber Mini Mass years ago that I run at 4 ohms on my '65 BFSR on the recommendation of the late Ted Weber. He said it would work just fine and I've never had any issues whenever I need to knock down the sound a little. I previously tried a 2 ohm THD which I didn't care for at all. I don't use my Super Reverb that much anymore because it's just too much for most of my gigging situations. I usually use the MM at home on 8 ohms with one of my Deluxes or my Princeton.
     
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    I have good results with the Jim Kelley Power Attentuator and also the Fryette Power Station
     
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    I won't use one with mine. I know a guy who uses a weber with success with the ohm mismatch(4 vs 2) but I'll pass. Get an old late 90s Fulldrive 2.
     
  7. Baker18

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    I've had success using the Ironman II attenuator with my JTM45.
     
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  8. Ben Sp

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    With a Super Reverb?
     
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    I use a Hotplate...never more than -8db...works great.
     
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    I use the Power Station with my Super Reverb all the time. Works wonderfully and adds an FX loop.
     
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    Yes, I looked into it and it works fine, currently using the Kelley to be able to turn my Super Reverb up to around 4, this is still a very clean sound but it just makes my overdrive pedals sound a lot better. Using the Fryette on my Princeton to boost the sound a bit, nice!
     
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    With a Super Reverb?
    You use the 2 ohm Hotplate?
     
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    Reading up on the Kelley attenuator, it says it's made for 4 and 8 ohm loads. With the Super Reverb being 2 ohms, are you concerned about damaging the amp by using the Kelley? Any issues?
     
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    It's been awhile but I did some research and found it would be okay, hopefully I can remember where to point you to and when I have more time I will do some digging to see where I read this
     
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    Yes
     
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    I tried a Weber mass50 with my 67 BFSR... don’t do that.
     
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    I use the Tube Amp Doctor Silencer with mine. Works like a charm.
     
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    Fryette PS2 - email him first to confirm, I have FSRRI and the PS2 says 4/2 ohms somewhere. just confirm it with Dave first
     
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    Luckily for me my vintage SR had a four ohm transformer fitted when somebody cut it down into a head.
    I have an old Power Soak but I don't use it much now, I used it more when I had the Princeton.
    Sholz Power Soaks are okay with the lower powered Fenders, just don't use them with big iron, they melt.
     

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