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Yeah, that seems a little nuts for those not playing Wembly. I run my 35 watt mesa on a master volume of 2-3 with an air brake. I guess if you are a steel player in a country band it is reasonable to have more headroom, but, it seems silly for most else.
"When someone says "A Deluxe Reverb doesn't have enough headroom for me,"
Translation: "I don't want normal people with functioning ears to come and listen to my band."
Me: "OK, thanks for giving me the heads up!"
i agree with this 100%, although i must add one caveat...if i could only have 1 amp for the rest of my life i would have to go with the twin reverb instead. that said, the deluxe reverb gets more play these days.
It depends on whether you're going through the PA or not, as well as what kind of clean you're after.
A deluxe reverb have plenty headroom if you're going through the pa, so would a tweed deluxe or a pignose. I can otoh certainly see situations where a deluxe reverb wouldn't have sufficient headroom if you're not mic'ing- may be loud enough to get the job done, but perhaps with some breakup. Besides, not everybody want a "pushed" clean sound. Some people like the sound of a big amp not being pushed - a tele on 3 is a glorious sound for instance.
For my personal needs a DRRI would be plenty clean though
Backing off the guitar's volume a bit will also clean things up nicely and let you wind it out for crunchy rythm and singing leads. My Deluxe is heavily modded by Harry Kolbe and now has 2 6L6GC tubes, channel switching, reverb on both channels, a master on channel 2 with a load of gain behind it and puts out 35 watts into an EVM 12-L speaker.
This has become one of the nicest gigging and recording amps I have had the pleasure to use.
Has any one tried the Hot Rod Deluxe?
More power and headroom?
Still light enough for gigging without a roadie?
I'm to old and beat up to drag around the Super Twin I used to have, lol.