Why has the THD Hotplate been discontinued?

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  1. Blue Tile Fever

    Blue Tile Fever Member

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    As far as i can tell it was by far the most popular attenuator out there, so why cease production of it?
     
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    Ha...interesting, just did a quick survey of the popular online retailers and they are all showing discontinued. I thought Ed deGenaro answered a similar thread that they were still in production.

    Maybe he'll chime in here...
     
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    I just spoke with Andy Marshall last week. They are still being made but they are now selling direct.
     
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    I just checked their site and they do have a "Shop Now" link that says they fire off the order to the closest stocking dealer, which helps local businesses.

    That's a cool idea IMO.
     
  6. Frank Speak

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    Pure speculation, but perhaps they're posturing for a better profit margin, or a cost reduction to the end user. Who knows, could be any number of reasons, or multiple. I too would be surprised if they are indeed ceasing production. It's a popular device and a lot of big timers use it so I'd be inclined to think it's a decent product. The *only* negative I've heard about it is that it's good down to around -12 db, but affects the tone a bit at anymore than that. If that's the only negative, I'd think they'd be okay as I doubt that many people are sitting around trying to play their 100 watt stacks at whisper volumes. ;)
     
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    They are built like tanks. The only downside is they don't have selectable impedance. When I want to run at volume lower than -8db I set it to load and remap my head through a power amp. It doesn't have any negative effect on the tone that way.
     
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    You can use it with different ohm settings ... It is explained in the manual. I do it all the time. I would guess THD like a lot of company's are changing the ways they do things because of the economy.
     
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    I had one, and like the Marshall Power Brake better because the THD colored the tone way more, especially on the higher attenuation settings. Looks pretty though.
     

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