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I just bought a Bugera 333XL-212 Titanium (combo, 120 Watts) which is awesome for small venues but is really too loud for practising at home. I can't set the master volume to more than 1 without taking the risk of disturbing my neighbours.

A solution would be to buy another amp, less powerfull, but before falling out with my bank and losing more space, I'd like to know if there is any way to reduce the power of the amp or the output volume, which would allow me to practise with a decent distortion, at a decent volume.

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Is it to late to trade for one of their "Bugera Magician-Infinium Amps?" bugera-amps.com/en/products/MAGICIAN-INFINIUM.aspx I notice they're Multi-class (triode class A being less watts), and also have a built in "Varipower" (1W - 85W output), I don't know if it's a traditional power soak like a Hot Plate, or more like that company up in Canada (can't remember the name off-hand); I just remember looking at some schematics that seemed different and allowed a post power-tube section output adjustment (not an attenuator, I think it was some sort of current adjustment). –  David Axtell Moore II Jun 30 '13 at 6:03
Yes, probably :). And my shop doesn't sell this one. –  Julien N Jul 1 '13 at 9:26

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You have to use a power attenuator such as the THD Hot plate.

This reduces your amp's volume without affecting (too much) its tone.

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Interesting gadget. Sure looks like something that could be built from scratch for more like $75 USD. Anyone know if there's a MakerShed or similar source for plans? –  Carl Witthoft Jun 25 '13 at 14:25
Attentuators are very subjective just like tube amps. Some people love them, some hate them etc... –  JimR Jun 25 '13 at 23:05
@JimR And some people either resist them or react to them (cheap joke) –  Carl Witthoft Jun 26 '13 at 11:34
@CarlWitthoft: Carl, I'm going to resist my inclination to get a little hot under the collar over your little joke. :) –  JimR Jun 26 '13 at 11:43
How on earth have I never heard of these? I don't want one, as I like playing loud, but it is very smart. –  Dr Mayhem Jun 28 '13 at 13:20

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