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    hi guys, just a quick question. got a tubemeister just over a week ago, and i absolutely love it. with the sounds and the features this thing has, i highly reccomend it. The qestion is about the power soak. if i am only running on 1 or 5 watts over a very long period (talking about years of use), will this affect the amp/tubes at all? i.e. does running on 5 watts only use half the valves? and if so, what happens to the other half?

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    hi guys, just a quick question. got a tubemeister just over a week ago, and i absolutely love it. with the sounds and the features this thing has, i highly reccomend it. The qestion is about the power soak. if i am only running on 1 or 5 watts over a very long period (talking about years of use), will this affect the amp/tubes at all? i.e. does running on 5 watts only use half the valves? and if so, what happens to the other half?


    You can't run 1/2 the tubes in a two-tube, push-pull power amp.

    I'm guessing it's an attenuator/dummy-speaker-load by the way you can turn it all the way to "no output". (I'm also guessing they may see a trademark suit over the term "power soak," but I don't know if anyone is defending the old Rockman trademarks).

    Tubes are consumable, they are designed to be replaced as they wear out. heat kills tubes, the harder and longer you push the power tubes, the more they wear out. Use the power soak when you like, don't fret over tube life. The tubes will wear out when they wear out, it would be impossible to calculate the effect your future use will make.

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      I actually own one of the early 1980's Tom Sholtz Power Soaks. I use it all the time with my Marshall 1/2 stacks so I can turn my amps up all the way to get that saturated power tube tone we all love, turn counter-clockwise on the Power Soak about -9dB so I don't cut people's heads off in smaller bars.
      "I told my brother, don't baby the thing, hit it hard with your f#&king pick"
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        hi guys, just a quick question. got a tubemeister just over a week ago, and i absolutely love it. with the sounds and the features this thing has, i highly reccomend it. The qestion is about the power soak. if i am only running on 1 or 5 watts over a very long period (talking about years of use), will this affect the amp/tubes at all? i.e. does running on 5 watts only use half the valves? and if so, what happens to the other half?


        If you have the time please upload a demo/clips. Many people are interested in this amp, myself included.
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