Power attenuators can be an invaluable in this game. Sure, we all love our tube amps. Digital technology has come on leaps and bounds with guitar amps but still players can’t let go of the vacuum tube. And yet, to find our amplifier’s sweet spots we’ve got to turn it up.
That’s not always practical. There are all kinds of attenuators and load boxes on the market, some at eye-watering prices, but for £125, Harley Benton’s GA-250 looks like a tidy piece of kit, capable of handling input power of up to 250W and offering six steps of power reduction, selectable on a rotary dial and ranging from -2dB to -15dB.
At its most extreme -15dB setting, the Fine control comes into play, helping you fine-tune your amp’s response. There’s a switch for selecting between 8- and 16-ohm cabinets, and a warning LED if you are at risk of overloading the unit.
On the back you’ll find a balanced XLR output with ground lift, a line out with adjustable level, speaker output and amp inputs, and the whole thing weighs under 3kg and is available now through Thomann.
See Harley Benton for more details.