2018 is near, do we still need 100-watters?

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  1. mici

    mici Member

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    Few days ago I was messing around in a local guitar store with random amplifiers. I got to tell you that I am so impressed with low-wattage and lunchbox sized amps

    Orange TT
    Orange OR15
    EVH 5150 III LBX
    Marshall DSL15H
    and others

    Not only they are all loud as f***, but also provide a tons of good sounds and are SMALL and PORTABLE. I know that at some point they might be running out of headroom, but most of the venues are PA'ed these days.

    So, what is the general consensus on 100-watter vs small-sized amps?
     
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    100 watt amps suit those who are strong.

    Small amps are for the weak.
     
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    I mostly drive 80km/hr. Sometimes 100km/hr. Any car on the road can do either of those speeds. In theory, any car capable of higher speeds is useless to me.
     
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    Not for me. Too big, too heavy, way too loud.
     
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    Depends on how many beers that I have consumed....
     
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    Probably need has little to do with it.
     
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  8. Sgt Schmaltz

    Sgt Schmaltz Gold Supporting Member

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    I like mine. I also like 50-watt amps. Below that, something I don't like seems to happen to the low end.
     
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    We need to enjoy them while they're still legal.
     
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  11. BADHAK

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    I enjoy my big iron amps......

    79 JMP 2203 (100 watt)
    80 JMP 2203
    82 JCM 2203
    Ceriatone 2203
    82 JCM 4104 (50 watt)

    Who cares what's trendy.

    Play what makes you happy.
     
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    I like big Iron, but don't use it since non of the venues we play require that kind of muscle. I think the trend to less output, lighter gear and the catch up of solid state is one that is not going to go away. I still kill for an opportunity to plug into a cooking 100watt head though on occasion in a good size venue.
     
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    I prefer various wattages. For example, my 50-watt Two Rock is much cleaner and bolder sounding than an 85-watt Twin. It’s pretty much the largest wattage amp I own, aside from some solid state power amp pedals. At home though, I prefer 5-watts from my Champ, due to more compressed cleans at quieter volumes.
     
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    I’d say yes, for both clean headroom and feel. I find 50-100W amps punchier than their smaller brethren and then you have 6L6/EL34 vs 6V6/EL84 on top.
     
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    Of course we need 100 watters. We arent playing freakin pop music
     
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    No. I need 300 watters. I am a bass player.
     
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    Powerful amps aren't for playing loud. They're for sounding good in a way that a small amp never will.
     
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    I took my Marshall Class 5 to a gig last week. The bar owner actually asked me to turn the volume up.
     
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    I have no use for 100w. 50 watts was always plenty for my gigs and uses. Now it’s way too much. 20w is too much. I know of only one guy that uses a 100 watter around here. He is loud as frack. I know others that have 100w amps but just use them st home in a music room
     
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    50's are perfect for me.
     
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