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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-18-2007, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Question about Power Amps

How do they sound at low volumes? As I don't gig anymore or in the near future but was some good tones I am thinking bout getting one. I have always owned combos btw. Most of my playing takes place after the ankle bitters are asleep and I can't do loud.

If the sound/tone comes from preamp stuff will the sound out of the power amp at lows sound ok or is it like full amps that sound better LOUD?

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Re: Question about Power Amps

Solid State power amps are designed to sound pretty much the same at any volume (before you take into account clipping).

To be able to get your tubes cooking, and still retain a low volume level, I'd do something along these lines;

Amp (speaker out) > dummy load/speaker simulator > power amp > speaker cabinet

If you were to just send your effects loop into the power amp, then you'd lose the tone of overdriven power amp tubes. However, if you were to do something like what I suggested, then you'd retain the tone of both the preamp and power amp, but at pretty much any volume level.
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Re: Question about Power Amps

A power amp is part of a "full" amp. It will behave just like is does in a combo or head.
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