My first attenuator: I had an Orange OR120 w/ 2 4X12's when I was young and dumb (now I'm just dumb) Had to use both cabs or you'd blow speakers. Louder than Hendrix on white windowpane. So when I was in my junior year high school Radio & TV class, I got the bright idea of soldering a 16 ohm TEN WATT wirewound resistor to a phone plug to act as a dummy load. As usual, the dummy was yours truly! I had the whole contraption wrapped up in electrical tape and about halfway into the first set, MAXIMUM SMOKE! "All part of the show, y'all". In my infinite wisdom, I also used to use the 'Premium' Radio Shack FREE REPLACEMENT LIFETIME TUBES! What a BARGAIN! I was down there at least once every coupla weeks til the guy said he couldn't get any more EL34/6CA7's.
Post by benttop (Steve) on Apr 13, 2006 9:28:19 GMT -7
I actually built my first attenuator in 1975. I used an enormous 250 Watt Rheostat. And it worked great - got pretty hot though. And I couldn't figure out how to get it to go out of the circuit at full twist, so with the attenuator in the most you could get out of your amp was -3db. But I sold it to a buddy of mine and he used it with his 100 Watt Marshall for years!
The first commercially available one that I remember was the 'Altair', I think its the one that Jim Kelley used on his early amps. Then the Power Soak by 'Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera' pioneer/Rockman inventor/Boston Rockstar/ Tom Scholz. Then the Marshall Power Brake and THD Hotplate I guess.
Post by billyguitar on Apr 13, 2006 13:16:23 GMT -7
I did a dumb thing once. I had a Mesa Mark III and I was trying to get a little more give in the output. I strapped a 10 MFD capacitor across the speaker terminals. I liked that I could turn the treble up on the amp and let the cap take it back out. I liked the sound of it that way. Anyway at the first gig I heard what sounded like a gunshot go off in the back of the amp and the amp went dead. I knew what it was I had blown up that cap. I immediately shut the amp down and reached around the amp and pulled that cap off. I turned the amp back on and played out the rest of the night. I did that all during the tune so I probably only missed about 12 bars. The cap was only rated for 35 volts, that's why it blew. I never tried that again! Later I used the dreaded Sholz with that amp. It didn't help that amp either, I don't think anything could.
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GuitarZ: Must be great to be a skunk. Eating bird food about 10' from our sun room. I'm clapping and yelling. At best, it might have given me one "yea what?" look while continuing to dine. At one point, there were two skunks and two racoons.
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KeithA: Hueter Toledo....that business is gone to the dogs
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easyed: Guitar Z, I encountered to ultimate garbage raiding combo once. We'd been having problems with the garbage cans being raided by raccoons for weeks. Late in the evening I heard rattling at the cans. I went out and found that he'd allied with a skunk. "OK"
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GuitarZ: EasyEd - Someone at work topped us both. The inside of their car had been somewhat ransacked. They were blaming their son. They checked the video. It was a Bear! I'll stick with the racoons, skunks, foxes, and squirrels.
Jul 1, 2020 16:47:50 GMT -7
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Jul 4, 2020 8:17:40 GMT -7
GuitarZ: Didn't want to restart the plumbing thread, so I figured I'd ShoutBox this. How the heck does cleaning the aerator on a faucet cause a leak to start under the faucet? Huh? Arggggh!!!!
Jul 10, 2020 7:40:17 GMT -7
The Bad Poodle Experience: well, Mike, it shouldn't have been the cause of a leak. double-check your work.
Jul 10, 2020 12:56:49 GMT -7
GuitarZ: I updated in the Plumbing thread that the Moen website says that a faulty aerator can cause a handle/base leak. Eiyy! I really don't understand how plumbing works. I was ready to double check all connections. But, the leaking stopped with cleaned Aerator.
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