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Little Black Amp Box

Does anyone have one of these? http://www.jhspedals.com/products/ba...black-amp-box/

I am looking to buy a Peavey 6505+ 112 combo, but I only play at home. I haven't had a tube amp in ages, but I can't stand the tone of modelling amps any longer! I need real tubes!

The video makes it look effective for maintaining tone without upsetting the neighbors LOL!
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I wouldn't buy anything from JHS, based on their blatently ripping off other people's designs (Devi Ever for example).

These sorts of designs are typically only safely usable wit low wattage amps, no more than 30 watts anyway.
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I was afraid of that. I have been reading about power soaks, and they have a downside too. I am not sure what I will do, I just know I can't stand using solid state any longer!
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You really don't need a massive wattage amp for home use. Look at the Blackstar HT-5 and 20, H&K Tubemeister 5 and 18, Orange Terror range (Jim Root and Dark Terror look awesome), etc. That way you don't need a power soak, and you can get some awesome valve tones at home.
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Thanks, I will look into those.
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That's not a power soak - it's just a volume pot in a box. Run it through the effects loop, turn down the signal hitting the power section, so you can turn up the master volume. It's pretty basic. I've been using one with my Splawn for ages. It's the best bang-for-the-buck piece of gear I've got. It's not a miracle in a box, but I think it's great. I think you need a series effects loop though . . .
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I am torn. I have done a lot of research on the mini tube amps. I like the Mesa Mini Recto and the Tubemeister 18. Both cost more than a 6505+ and this little device. I need to find somewhere that has them in stock to try them all, which is easier said than done.
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So it's a typically overpriced piece of junk JHS product then. A volume pot, wow.

Seriously don't waste your time with JHS stuff. It's badly built, overpriced, quite often steeling other people's designs, all wrapped up in religious righteousness.
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I guess I could always run a volume pedal through the effects loop for the same thing.
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Exactly. But again, you are much better off getting a lower wattage valve amp.
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Yep - you could use a volume pedal in the effects loop for the same thing. Or, you could get one like the JHS one for way cheaper. I think I got one for $20. Just do a search on Ebay for "volume box" or something. Tons of guys make them in their basements. It's a fun little toy. I sold an amp to a guy once - and he tried it with the volume box in the loop, and he was like "can I have that too?" and I thought for a second . . . and said no way. I've never AB'd it with a high quality attenuator, but for the price they're a great idea for low-volume playing.
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I see the little volume boxes on amazon for $15-25, made by some guy named Carl and the reviews are about 50/50, if that. It's cheap though and I'm thinking of trying it for my Tweaker 15. The tweaker sounds good practicing at bedroom volume, but the sweet spot is when the master is at 1 to 2 o'clock. I have an MXR 10 band in the loop with it's level and gain dropped low, and that helps me get the tweaker's dirty signal up around 10 o'clock, but it needs help to get to 1 o'clock without waking up my 6 month old in the next room.

You guys have experience with a THD Hotplate? Just read about it in one of the volume box reviews.
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