Liquid Fire At Any Volume
Its always been difficult to manage a 65 Twin non master volume in terms of hitting the sweetspot and the right volume. I dont like the distortion sound of Master volume control because it distorts the preamp tubes which is a completely different sound to power tube distortion, which is what I prefer. So far I have used the PDI06 in rehearsal and performance, it's simple and the best power attenuator I have used. All the frequencies are identical to the ear using the PDI06...nothing lost, noiseless as well. Simple, solid build, made in Germany. Very happy!
Glenn Armstrong |
25/10/2012 11:31 AM
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It Does the Job
A few months ago I bought an old Fender Prosonic amp as a back-up to my Mesa Boogie Studio 22+. It immediately became my number one amp, I was blown away by the superb tone, especially the clean tone.
But man, it's LOUD! I realised I needed an attenuator. I already have an old Tom Scholz Powersoak, but I noticed it took away that lovely Fender chime. I started hunting the internet for one that wouldn't take that away.
I soon realised I wasn't your typical attenuator buyer. I wasn't trying to get my amp to distort, but to stay clean and chimey, and that is the biggest test for an attenuator, no change to the sound AT ALL. It was frustrating. Every video I found on YouTube started out with distortion, and then the attenuator just made it softer. Its hard to hear if a distorted sound is actually changing as it gets softer, and these videos didn't help my search at all.
Finally, I came across a demonstration of the Palmer attenuator, and bingo! There was a clean sound, getting softer, and I heard no change in tone. Now THAT's the way you demonstrate an attenuator! I also liked that the settings don't go down to "bedroom" levels. NO amp sounds realistic when attenuated in this way, so why bother? This is a no gimmick unit.
CONS: Biggest drawback is they come set to one ohm setting, you can't change it. Like many people, I have more than one amp, but I can't use this with them. The unit isn't cheap, and I would have expected more versatility.
The input and output sockets feel cheap, and leads come out of them too easily. Again, for the price, one expects better. Mind you, I thought the same about the sockets on my Boogie amp, and they've given me no problems in 25 years.
PROS: Generally very solid, and it works beautifully. In the end, you can't argue with that. I'm happy.
Bill Payne |
29/12/2014 2:29 PM
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