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    I apologize if this has been recently posted, as I haven't seen it.

    I was wondering who has played on higher wattage amps, say 50 watts and up, and has changed their tonal preference and wattage preference for a lower wattage amp, say 35 watts and less for live work?

    For as long as I can remember, I have used 50 and 100 watt amps, but always used the lower wattage settings if the amps had them. However, I began to realize that I was not using the full potential of what those amps offered in terms of power at the work I was being offered. It was always overkill by way too much wattage available.

    Then over the last couple of years, I have been getting smaller amps, or reducing the power in my current Diezels by using less powerful tubes.

    I am now at a point where I am using tube amps that are 20 watts and less, and plan on getting my next Diezel with the lowest wattage they offer.
    I miss the options that some of the larger amps had, that are sometimes missing on the lower wattage amps, but have noticed that now, amp makers are putting the same options into their lower wattage amps.

    These are things as a tube driven effects loop, parallel effects loop, multiple channels, or other power-related options, power scaling, and the list goes on.

    I have found that when I use lower wattage power tubes, I am able to turn the dials on the amp up higher and get from the amp more tone out of it, and more versatility from any given dial on the amp.

    I am using less distortion, getting more sustain and clarity while still distorting the amp, yet more aggressive tones from these lower wattage amps.

    Has anyone else been doing this?

    Thank you.
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  • #2
    Tried it and while sounding OK, lost the headroom I needed. Went back to the big boys.
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    • #3
      Just buy one of each.....
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      • #4
        I recently picked up an Epi VJ which I'm really getting along well with, and also just sold my 60-watt Fender Deville. I'll be replacing it with an AC15, so yeah, I have.

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        • #5
          Have several high gain 50, 120 and such tube amps. For band practice I bring a Fender blues JR (15 watts) and everyone comments on the sound. I use a Mosferatu and a AC booster in front and a Les Paul. I also have a Dr. Z Maz JR NR that is 18 watts and that sounds amazing. I don't know anywhere except the Garden that you would really need a 100 watt amp and then you mic them up anyway. Love my 3-5 watt Blackheart but haven't tried it at practice yet...
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          • #6
            Have several high gain 50, 120 and such tube amps. For band practice I bring a Fender blues JR (15 watts) and everyone comments on the sound. I use a Mosferatu and a AC booster in front and a Les Paul. I also have a Dr. Z Maz JR NR that is 18 watts and that sounds amazing. I don't know anywhere except the Garden that you would really need a 100 watt amp and then you mic them up anyway. Love my 3-5 watt Blackheart but haven't tried it at practice yet...


            I took my VJ to rehearsal the other night and it kept up well with the drummer and the rest of the band. I need to get a larger cab for it at some point.

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            • #7
              I really like my 40 watt DSL, but do find you loose some headroom for cleans, though this can be got around by running the amp a bit quieter and miking
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              • #8
                I have found that the need for power is driven by what the other guys in the band do. I have been running an Epi Jr. at practice through a 4x12 and it is damn loud, as in loud enough. But if the bass player were to suddenly show up with an SVT and start turning things up (as bass players sometimes do), I would get blown out of the water pretty fast and need something bigger.
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                • #9
                  i mainly gig with a 15w Fender Pro Jr.

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                  • #10
                    all of my amps are 40 watts or less.
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                    • #11
                      I don't use much more on stage than the 12 or 15 watts that my Princeton Reverb puts out these days.

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                      • #12
                        currently have a 100 watt B52 AT100. I'm looking for a lower wattage amp. See my sig.

                        As for clean headroom, I can live without it. I actually like a slightly broken up clean anyway.
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                        • #13
                          I have an old 70's silverface twin reverb in my best friends basement, I should probably go clean off the cobwebs and fire it up for an hour or so...this is my loudest amp.

                          I use my Rocktron Egnater TOL50 head and a 2X12 cab to keep up with the louder people.

                          Bedroom amps I've decided to sell Epi valve jr, Blackheart BH5112 combo and an old MIA blues junior...My Egnaters 10 watt mode blows these amps away.

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                          • #14
                            I'm playing through a 45W Rivera combo these days. It's plenty for what we do but I'm not sure I'd be comfortable with anything smaller.
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                            • #15
                              The Highest wattage amp that I have now is a 45 watt Fender Bassman.
                              Everything else is 35 watts or less.
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