Post by imyurhuckleberry on Dec 25, 2005 15:24:39 GMT -7
I have an RX ES 2x12 combo, and I don't have to tell you guys how loud this sucker is. I absolutely love it, but am I hurting the amp in any way by playing at lower volumes in the house? I let it breath now and again., but usually lower the level out on my Keeley modded pedals, and stop the walls from shaking. Volume around 1 on the RX ES. Should I get an Airbrake? Sounds like I'm missing out on an even more glorious tone by not using the attenuator, and cranking the amp up a bit. Any thoughts?
Mazerati V2 Head
2x12 Z cab gold/blue
Maz 18 jr.
1969 Marshall Plexi Head
EVH III head
Friedman Dirty Shirley
Post by JASON (aka jgleaton) on Jan 5, 2006 12:47:57 GMT -7
RX + AIRBREAK is how I use mine.... do you have to have an AIRBREAK...NO..... you aren't gonna hurt the amp simply playing at lower volumes any more than you will hurt it cranking it up all the time as long as you allow the tubes to warm up/ cool down (all amps wear down, need servicing eventually, new tubes etc... and quicker, more often if played more/ pushed harder)...
as long as you like the sound....
but I highly reccomend the airbreak if you want to turn up/ crank any non master amps... mine works well with it....I notice a VERY VERY slight change in the sound starting at about the 3 setting (this effect is a little more pronounced the more you attenuate, not completly transparent but the best attenuator I've used, allesandro's is also very good), but it is not enough to make a difference or very noticable to me, attenuation at this point outweighs this very slight loss ... I also like the airbreak because you don't have to worry about the ohms.... but be advised even the bedroom level can still be loud.... it's not gonna make your cranked amp sound completely quiet... but it can help you manage your volume level and allow you to actually use that volume knob a little. ;D
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