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Old 2005-04-17, 21:31
Kylito Kylito is offline
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Originally Posted by ukfswmart
Why should volume have anything to do with the quality of distortion? As you well know, distortion is created by overdriving the preamp, so the power amp volume has nothing to do with the creation of distortion

Preamp overdrive is generally crap and is no better or different for that matter than the overdrive circuitry found in hundreds of pedals and rack units. The good distortion in tube amps is at the final stage of amplification.

Volume is unfortunately a major factor in the vast majority of amplifiers even if the preamp is the source of the overdrive. I personally find it much easier to have a consistent external distortion setup that can be plugged into any amp or PA without having to redial everything in every time.
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