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Old 30th January 2013, 11:48 PM   #21
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Well, it was well built and lasted a lot, if properly used, but driving it with far more than 100W is a certain recipe for blown resistors, melting solder, other damage caused by overheating beyont what's designed, etc.

Once resistors or connections start opening, it's a countdown timer for the transformer.

Is this the Powersoak's *fault*?

Maybe, the same way it's a Zoo Lion's fault if you lose an arm ... after you put it inside the cage.

The real problem here is for amateur musicians to buy way too big amps ... while *real* Guitar Gods often play with less than them ... for very good reasons I might add.
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Old 31st January 2013, 12:13 AM   #22
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I would would actually like find one lol
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Old 31st January 2013, 12:15 AM   #23
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for lower wattage amps I don't see it melting down like you said etc as long as connections and the resistors are in good health etc lol
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Old 31st January 2013, 09:14 AM   #24
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for lower wattage amps I don't see it melting down like you said etc as long as connections and the resistors are in good health etc lol
Me neither
That's the point ("lower wattage amps")
The Power Soak was invented by Tom Scholz so he could use his (then what *everybody* used) 100W non-MV Marshalls at more sensible levels.
Fine.
Other great players went for another solutions: Angus Young and Yngwie Malmsteen, 2 guitar players as different as you will find, went for 45 or 50W Marshalls, so they could heavily overdrive them without drowning everybody.
Van Halen loved an ooooold 100W Marshall he had used when he was young .... still with the old worn tubes in it.
So it was not putting out 100W *at all* .
Once he retubed it .... "it lost all the magic" (in his own words).
Then he started using Variacs to pad other amps down.

The point is that a balls to the wall 50W amp still allows you to listen to the drummer, voice monitors, etc. , without problems.
100W starts complicating everything.
150W ????? Ouch !!!
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Old 31st January 2013, 02:38 PM   #25
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I know lol the big 3 main influences of mine Lynch/VH/Yngwie lol
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Old 31st January 2013, 02:40 PM   #26
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yngwie always did that wicked neo classical blazing patterns that I always loved lol
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Old 31st January 2013, 02:41 PM   #27
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while lynch is more melodic in his phrasings imo and a better soloist all around, I still like eddie for his wild tapping lol
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Old 31st January 2013, 02:43 PM   #28
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the stealth kicks so much *** lol
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