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    THD Hotplate vs. Dr. Z Airbrake

    Does anyone have one of these or tried them out?

    I'd like to know owners' thoughts on these units. Do you like one over the other?
    How open-minded do I have to be before my brains start spilling out?

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    I run the THD with my 5150 II, and although I wasn't all that pleased at first, I'm now in love with the way my rig sounds. I need to play at lower levels because of my living situation at the moment, so an attenuator was pretty much an essential piece of equipment for me. Some say it'll suck the heck out of your tone, and that IS true to an extent. But ya gotta give to recieve, and I'm pretty happy with my sound at the moment.
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    Thanks Sucka-

    I am running a Fender one channel amp full tilt and it's killing both my drummer's and my ears. I am getting more and more convinced this will
    be my next gear acquisition...

    Have you ever played through an Airbrake or did you just try out the THD?

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mk5
    Thanks Sucka-

    I am running a Fender one channel amp full tilt and it's killing both my drummer's and my ears. I am getting more and more convinced this will
    be my next gear acquisition...

    Have you ever played through an Airbrake or did you just try out the THD?

    Thanks.
    I just tried the THD, and was so impressed that I had to have it. I did read some of the guys here talk about the airbrake, but I didn't have a chance to a/b it against the THD. I haven't read many bad reviews though.

    If you do a search there was a thread called Attenuators. The guys were pretty helpful in that one.

    Here it is:
    http://www.vhlinks.com/vbforums/show...ht=attenuators
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    I've got the airbrake. I prefered it over the THD, because I can use it for a multitude of amps. It's not ohm specific and I don't have to have several units. Sound wise, one wasn't dramtically better than the other. The Airbrake is a bit more pricey, but I feel it is well worth the cost.

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    I really dig the Weber Mass, ohm switchable, very nice sound, I like dealing with Ted Weber. He is a good guy. The price is right too. Now days, I think many of them sound very good, I ended up going with the company I liked the best.

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    They both do what they're supposed to do, but they both kill your tone while they're doing it. You shouldn't need switches to try and replace tone that the attenuator sucked away. The switches don't really work anyway. They just add top or bottom to the lost signal, which is bs. It's like putting a new coat of paint on your car to try and disguise the fact that your engine doesn't sound right.
    In that respect they're both peices of crap.

    You shouldn't have to " get used " to a peice of equipment. Either it sounds good or it doesn't.
    If you want an attenuator that won't change your tone try one of these.

    http://www.ultimateattenuator.com/

    No tone loss at all. No compromise. Nothing can touch these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tribb
    They both do what they're supposed to do, but they both kill your tone while they're doing it. You shouldn't need switches to try and replace tone that the attenuator sucked away. The switches don't really work anyway. They just add top or bottom to the lost signal, which is bs. It's like putting a new coat of paint on your car to try and disguise the fact that your engine doesn't sound right.
    In that respect they're both peices of crap.

    You shouldn't have to " get used " to a peice of equipment. Either it sounds good or it doesn't.
    If you want an attenuator that won't change your tone try one of these.

    http://www.ultimateattenuator.com/

    No tone loss at all. No compromise. Nothing can touch these.
    Post some clips please. That is fixed at 32 ohm right?

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    Sorry, I don't have any clips with it cause I only use it at certain times and I'm just too much of a lazy ass to bother recording, but it is a great unit.
    It's actually set up to work with 4, 8, or 16 ohm heads or combos without any switching. It automatically matches to the head, and there are no switches unless you get one of the mods done to it, in which case you're just turning the mod on and off. I had mine done with the plexi mod, and voltage doubler.
    The pot to control volume is just that, a volume pot, so it's smooth with no clicks or increments to worry about. You just turn it to wherever you think the volume sounds right. Keep in mind that it's an active attenuator, not passive like the others. You plug it in and it has it's own fan.
    It's very quiet anyway.
    I've gotta tell you, I bought mine on a whim cause I was fed up with the others, and I'd never switch.
    I've used it through old blackface fenders and old marshalls, including 50 watt plexi's and there's NO loss of tone.
    There's quite a few guys using them, but one guy that's used his for a long time is Doyle Bramhall. I know it's a VH forum but a lot of other players use them. If you did some research I think you'd be surprised at how many.

 

 

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