THD Attenuators - Is The Company Gone?

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  1. Joe Levens

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    I am interested in power soaking and have listened to some comparisons of attenuators. I like the sound of the THD Hot Plate, but cannot find the product being sold anymore. THD electronics website boasts of the product and when you go to buy it, it takes you to a very puzzling eBay page. Has the company folded? Can anyone suggest a better attenuator in the same price range? The Johan Segeborn YouTube video comparing the THD to a Jettenuator convinces me the THD is quite good. What happened? Note I have also read the cheap Bugera one has some negative reviews about it smoking.
     

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    I have a RockCrusher and it's fine.
     
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    TS9
     
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    That's interesting. Does it just come in XLR version, so I need cables to convert from 1/4" to XLR on both ends? Does a 20db step-down work for you?
     
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    Its an old pedal but sounds nice as a power soak
     
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    You could get it xlr balanced I suppose but best bet is a JMP 1 with an all valve modern power unit fed from an old plexi 59
    The Tube screamer is great but old tech
     
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    It is a strange old thing but you will find a Tube Screamer in the armoury of a lot of famous players. Maxon seemed to stumble on something that seemed to approximate valve overdrive from a basic solid state chip 45 years ago
     
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    Ok I will try turning down the level of the tube screamer tomorrow, and turning up the volume of the head. I didn't think the tube screamer had such versatility. I use one just to get that extra "pow." I just use a Marshall 2204 with master volume maxed out, and a tube screamer at about 12 o'clock (and one other box just to add a little reverb).
     
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    Oops. I meant the pre-amp was maxed out, not the master volume. If the MV was maxed out, I'd be freakin deaf.
     
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    The TS will attenuate the signal from your guitar so it probably won't give you the result you are after. You could try it between the amp and cab but that will probably fry the chip!! You need an electronics guru mate !!
     
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    There was this old Argentinian guy called Jose who lived in Sacramento in the 70's but he will have passed on now. Maybe he handed his expertise down to his son. Give Eddie a call :D:D:D
     
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    Do you have Skype?
     
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    My impression is that the THD's were high-quality and robust products. But technology has moved on, even for simple passive designs, hence you can buy better now. But I'd think that if you like them, then a good 2nd hand one would be a good option since they are well built.
     
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    This is very subjective and it comes down to the purist/modernist view. Do you drive the valves and transformer to within an inch of their lives and attenuate the output or simply build more gain into the input stage via processing ie overdrive pedal or another preamp. I am not coming down on either side but..
     
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    Τhe company is long gone and the attenuator is not good by today standards. If you like it you are lucky, I haven't found an attenuator that doesn't change the sound & feel of the amp. Unfortunately the top attenuators today cost about 1000.
     
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    Joe, by all accounts from this Forum you wouldn't be making a mistake by going for the Weber line of attenuators. They are reasonably priced. Not as inexpensive as the Bugera but apparently better featured and more reliable.
    https://www.tedweber.com/gadgets/attenuators
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  19. Joe Levens

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    Thank you all for your comments and insights.
     
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    Hot Plate was a great piece of gear but the leadership behind the company was Sketch City.

    Rivera makes a comparable unit, better in most ways. Or save up for the TAE, which is crazy cool
     

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