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(@duffmaster)
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Is there a place I could get a schematic for a home made attenuator. I know smokindog made one but I'm searching the forums with fervor to no avail.

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(@ricochet)
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I think smokindog's attenuator is over on http://valvejunior.com/

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(@fluid)
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I built one of smokingdog's attenuators and they're great, I put mine in a completely external enclosure so that there was no modification of the amp whatsoever.


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... I'm sorry but I just don't understand how the in-wall box works. How do you plug your amp in, and how do you connect it to the speakers. Use baby talk, I'm stupid when it comes to electronics. I'm only a kid.

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... I'm sorry but I just don't understand how the in-wall box works. How do you plug your amp in, and how do you connect it to the speakers. Use baby talk, I'm stupid when it comes to electronics. I'm only a kid.

Don't feel bad, I'm pretty clueless myself Here is a link to a thread that I have some pics to. I'm not exactly sure how it works but its pretty easy.If I can do it anyone can
http://vj.minuteboard.com/m/b/f/showtopic.html?topicid=631&nr=54

This is the transformer I used.
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2104029&cp=2032057&pg=2&f=Taxonomy%2FRSK%2F2032057&categoryId=2032057&kw=volume+control&kwCatId=2032057&parentPage=search

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(@fluid)
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Yea, I didn't do the in-wall attenuator, I made the light bulb attenuator, I find the compression effects really handy, additionally, the lightbulb attenuator doesn't require any tinkering whatsoever inside the amp, you can unplug the speaker from the back of the head and then plug the amp into the attenuator and the speaker into the attenuator. Oh, and we're all assuming that you're working with a Valve Junior, if it's something else you might have alter things accordingly...


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Valve Special. 5W, same as the VJ

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Valve Special. 5W, same as the VJ

The valve special has tone controls, reverb and effects. Otherwise I think its pretty much the same.

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... I'm sorry but I just don't understand how the in-wall box works. How do you plug your amp in, and how do you connect it to the speakers. Use baby talk, I'm stupid when it comes to electronics. I'm only a kid.

Don't feel bad, I'm pretty clueless myself Here is a link to a thread that I have some pics to. I'm not exactly sure how it works but its pretty easy.If I can do it anyone can
http://vj.minuteboard.com/m/b/f/showtopic.html?topicid=631&nr=54

This is the transformer I used.
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2104029&cp=2032057&pg=2&f=Taxonomy%2FRSK%2F2032057&categoryId=2032057&kw=volume+control&kwCatId=2032057&parentPage=search

Duffmaster,

I'm with you on the lack of knowledge when it comes to electronics. I built the "smokindog" attenuator though with parts I picked up from Radio Shack, and it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. If I can do it, so can you.

Dan

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