Which is the best Power Attenuator?? HELP!

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  1. jerrymc1966

    jerrymc1966 Supporting Member

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    I have tried a few, but they seem to sound OK one notch lower and then they take a nose-dive. I am looking for one when you roll the guitar volume back the highs are still there. Is there any make/model that sounds and reacts like your amp prior to hooking one up?????
     
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    There are pages of discussion on attenuators if you search you will find. To sum them up The UA has a huge fan following it sounds darn good and was made in big numbers. The Richter has it's fans too but unfortunately it was made in very small numbers so most people haven't heard it. I think it sounds more natural than the UA. The makers of the Richter have finally released a new version called the Elemental which I haven't heard yet but I doubt it is worse than the Richter and include loads of added features for of course more money.
     
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  3. JLee

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    :agreeJust to add, I had issues running the UA and the Ho with my amp though. Yes, had both. I'm guessing it had to do with the impedance mismatch.
     
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    I really don't care what many people say but I'm extremely happy with my THD Hot Plate, it works great and as advertised. Build like a tank and it looks gorgeous.
     
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    The new Phantom gets a lot of praise.
     
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    Thanks!
    How about the Alessandro Muzzle?
     
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    The Clark Regulator is very good. I replaced my THD with it
     
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    Just bought A Muzzle. Hope I like it!
     
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    +1.
     
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    The Weber Mini Mass works fine for me.
     
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    I don't care what people think either, I had a Hotplate and it sounded awful (at extreme settings) compared to the Ho attenuator.
     
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    no love for the Dr. Z air brake?
     
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    +1 and I really care about what other people think. :p
     
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    Wait for the new Faustine, it's gonna be as good as the Richter, total transparency down to bedroom level.
     
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    mgarrison99 Silver Supporting Member

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    I like the UA because of the gradual volume reduction I can dial in. Had an Alessandro Air Brake that sounded nice at 20% but crapped out the sound at 10% (its minimum value). I can dial in the UA around 12%-15% and still keep the amp sounding full.
     
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    I'm completely in love with my Koch Loadbox 2:

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    On top of the attenuation options, the direct line outputs for live boards or direct, silent recording have been a godsend for Apartment building sessions.
     
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    I spoke to Rick at Sequis just last week and as a result currently have an Elemental in the post - it should be with me tomorrow I hope.

    Yes, it does cost more than the Richter but is far less than the Motherload and combines the features of both: i.e. it is both an attenuator (which the Richter was) and a speaker simulator (like Motherload and the Palmer PDI-03 for example). If it sounds anywhere near as good as the Richter + Motherload, which together cost FAR more, then it's a bargain, especially since units like the Faustine/UA etc are now very expensive over here due to the exchange rate.

    I'll be spending some time with this, comparing it to my Palmer and when I have had time to form a balanced opinion I'll post my impressions.

    Cheers,
    Steve
     
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    Had the Loadbox ... not good.
    Did use the Hotplate, too many controls.
    Have the Z Air Brake, very good (transparent), not that much attenuation.
    Am on the list for a Faustine Phantom, should be terrific.
     
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    I like my Muzzle very much as its not bedroom low but I use it to gig,and it knocks the volume low enough to get tone and it doesn,t seem to color the tones even down to its lowest setting,but its very usable for live gig,s
    and you can work your guitars dynamics very well to.
     

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