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Congratulations, you now have the ability to produce one of my favorite professional recording studio effects, guitar amp overdrive! You can overdrive the input of that little guy you built with just about any preamp available. It's not about super loud levels, the amount of electrons that can be moved across the tube grid is limited so any level that exceeds the tubes electron moving capability will be clipped and you end up with a nice mellow "rounding off" distortion as opposed to a transistor "bite off" You can now adjust the output level to match the situation. As-is, for in home practice or through another amplifier or the PA system to blast through any size venue. No matter what, you got the sound !