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    Hey guys. Iv'e been looking for an attenuator as of late as my new studio is not as sound proof at moment as I would like. I was looking at the BadCat Leash in Guitar Player. First off, it's suggested price is $647.00, which is a big chunk of change. My main concern though is if it is it is reactive load or not. I screwed up one of my Marshalls (My '68) years ago using a Rockman Powersoak. I know these units have come a long way, but I have heard that aside from obvious concerns, alot of these units sound terrible under full load. As I said, I burned one up and it needed extensive repair and I just don't want to spend a small fortune buying replacement transformers and rectifiers for any of my babies and having them come back from repair sounding different (at least to my ear) An ideal unit would be a Marshall speaker emulator/attenuator. Does Marshall still make these? Anyway...I welcome all your suggestions and experiences good and bad.

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    how much do you want to attenuate. like what is the master volume at and how many db you looking to drop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Alexander View Post
    how much do you want to attenuate. like what is the master volume at and how many db you looking to drop.
    Well their unmodified vintage Marshall 100w Super Leads...so no master volume. The volume is at 10 for full power tube distortion. I do own one Peavey 5150, and on that amp the master is usually between 7 or 8.

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    wow even dropping 4 to 8 db your not gonna gain much volume wise. dropping anymore then that is gonna start effecting tone and changing the speaker response.

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    Yeah. A buddy of mine had a mutual friend build him an attenuator that was reactive load, and it sounded quite good. Even on a couple of my JMP's the tone didn't get too muddy or fizzy or whatever you'd expect. Iv'e since lost contact with both guys over the years. I just want something that has better overall sound than a Marshall Powerbrake. How are the THD hotplates?

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    i like it but once again when running your amp at 7 or 8 ( i run mine at 5) i dont turn down more the -8 db. at that level i notice no tone change. its not alot as far as volume but noticable. everyone is gonna have different tastes as expressed in a earlier post. i like the thd but i also dont try and do the inpossible like crank my 5150 and expect to get that sound at tv volumes. just not possible.

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    Absolutely. I just need to roll off the extreme high end. Thats all I'm really looking for. Like I said the Ideal would be to have something like The Marshall SE100 speaker emulator. Then I could run the line signal of my Marshall running full boar to a power amp, mixer etc. Do you know of any good emulators out there? I have a ADA I've had for years, but it only runs on preamp voltage, not speaker output.

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    palmer pdi-03 would be a great unit for this. nothing like it in the market imho.

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    Yeah! That would be the cat's ass for sure.

 

 

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