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My wife is out of town this week, and I took a couple of days off. Besides taking care of our convalescing dog (surgery to repair a hematoma in her ear), I decided to let it all hang out today with the guitar.

For Christmas, I traded my way over-powered Fender Super60 for a much more suitable amplifier, an Orange Rocker 15 (I had to stay with a tube amp) and it is a pretty sweet little amp. One of its killer features is a “bedroom/headroom” switch that cuts the power from 15 watts to 7.5 watts, and a second switch that cuts it again to about 2.5 watts.

I play almost exclusively at the 2.5 watt level, and it is gratifying.

But, as I mentioned, my wife is out of town, and I have a PTO day, so I flipped the switches to crank up the volume.

Dirty channel, headroom, and full power, and I just let it all hang out.

There is something about a solid overdriven channel, at a volume level where the tubes get really warm and the distortion is just creamy smooth.

About 90 minutes of wailing, with just the chorus, and the overdrive pedal in the signal chain.

This is why I don’t have a Line 6 HX Stomp played through my USB in to my computer and output via the desktop monitors. There is nothing like that visceral sound of moving air via a speaker and a power amplifier.

Time to turn it up to 11.

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