Forgive me if attenuators in general have been discussed previously on this forum; I did a search and the results didn't clearly indicate it. Anyway, I've got this Mesa Boogie Bass 400+ running through a 4ohm Crate 2x15" cab. Some of you probably know how burly of an amp this is. I can have the master set at just under 3 and it is ungodly loud. My drummer can't hear anyone else but me (and his skull rattling). I realized that I need some sort of attenuator. So recently I grabbed this Behringer rackmount compressor I had laying around and set it up in the effects loop with the blend all the way wet. The compressor threshold and ratio settings aren't crushing the signal, but I have the output gain down about 5db. This seems to help the overbearing master level. I can now have it at about 4 or 5 with the input gains pretty high for a nice drive at a manageable level. Two things though: 1. I don't feel like this is the best way to do it 2. Sometimes the compressor clips out depending on which bass I use (a Squier Tele with the mudbucker puts it in the red easily). There's a nasty high end frap at times. The question I have - are there attenuators that are suitable for bass amps of this high wattage? I've searched and found some boxes selling for pretty cheap (Carl's Custom Guitars makes one) but they are more for Fender combos, low wattage Orange heads; mostly guitar related amps.