I don't do mods on amps. I'm an electronics idiot/moron and I'd probably electrocute myself or burn the house down, whichever comes first.If music is the goal in this quest, Id shop for a tweedy amp in your required volume range. OP, have you played a good Tweed Champ?
How many Tweed Deluxe have you spent a lot of time with?
Have you been on RobRobs website for modding and building amps?
`I sprang for a Power Station PS-2 in early 2021. After going through many attenuators that did not work for me, this did it for me as well.
I had a similar experience with the Suhr Badger’s power scaling. The sound definitely changes but there are some great Marshall #34-type tones that you can only get using the power scaling.Like a lot of players I have a few amps that are way too loud to enjoy playing in certain situations, so I decided to go the "attenuation" route. After reviewing several options (both low priced and high end) I figured I'd try the low priced version first; For a couple reasons: 1) The higher...www.strat-talk.com
When I wrote that I thought we were talking about a blackface Deluxe. Why? A spaceout; it says 5E3 in the OP. Doh. Tweed and Supro are in the same ballpark, in a general sort of way. I've never heard them as closely related - 5E3 has more highs and lows. Supro - more grunge. They're cousins in that they both share the narrower frequency range of 40's and 50's amps. Their circuits and components are so different. My ears tell me they don't do the same thing. I like some of Dan's stuff but if he thinks they do the SAME thing, he's not paying attention. (I doubt that he thinks they're THAT similar.) I understand how you guys would hear similarities (they both sag etc.) because there are similarities. But they do different things. Supro goes with National and Silvertone amps. They have their own genre. Fender is a different genre. There's an overlap, that's all. So I get you lumping them together if you're using a BROAD definition. Now, blackface and Supro - not related.Not to me. My little Spectator (branded El Grande) did everything my Deluxe did, but in a smaller package.
I sold it to Dan Auerbach ten years ago. He liked it for the same reasons. Me and Dan vs. you? Me and Dan win.
Nothing worse than tone/volume knobs w/ those d----d detents.I had it.
-My amp sounded great through it
-It’s pretty small and light
-No power needed
-Could also be used as a boost pedal
-Price is reasonable, still a little high compared to other attenuators, but about
1/3 the price of the Fryette
It’s has a clicker for lowering the volume, so you can only go so low…still very low volume though, but less control over volume.
I live in a NYC apt with my wife and I like my neighbors. Also, I wake up very early and often like to play extremely early and on weekends, 6-7am sometimes…I need to get down to TV volume and I like the option of playing with that tube distortion I love from it. Maybe the Ironmans lowest setting was low enough for that, but I liked the dial to get it where I feel comfortable at that time.
Also, I really like the fact they the Fryette has the FX Loop, Ironman doesn’t, so I paid up.
My advice to you, assuming you don’t care about the FX loop, get the Ironman II from a place with a good return policy and try it out. It might work for you.
Another option is the Rivera Rockcrusher, but I never tried it…it had the dial, but no FX loop and price was btwn the Ironman and Fryette…at that price point, the fx loop was def worth it for me.