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I'm wondering what folks are using for amps on stage. High watt, low watt, tube or transistor. I'm playing dirty low down distorted blues in a one man band. I've got a 100 watt Peavy Valve King, which I like, but I think is a bit too high watt to pump on stage by myself. I was wondering if anyone is using 15-30 watt amps. I'm mostly playing in squats and small clubs, and mic'ing everything to run through a PA.
I use my amps for stage volume, I don't like monitors. If I'm alone on stage, 15 watts will cover any outside noise from bleeding into the mic. Now I play punk, and 100 tube watts sometimes ain't enough... I prefer tubes, but will be starting out with my Crate GT15R, which has decent sound, but may go more high end tube down the road, but probably in kit form. Actually, I may even go with a 1-5 watt all valve kit amp.
It all depends on the sound I want. For a simple clean sound that can get a little distortion when cranked I like a 50 year old Silvertone (3) tube amp. 10 watts of very vintage tune and can be amped for a bigger venues. If I'm going for a "fat sound" for Chicago blues, I like my Fender Super 60 tube amp. 2 channel, with reverb, presence, etc. on the second channel. 60 watts driving a single 12" speaker, it is super flexible, very clean at low volumes and can hold it's own in rooms seating 2-300.
...other important considerations for amps could include - 1. will it fit in my car
2. can i lift it without getting a hernia,
3. is there room on the stage (-;
i just got a peavey blues classic 50 love it put wheels on it. but i want a micd tube amp sound. my little bugera is a good low watt recording amp but im worried i might need to blast it and 5 watts max is iffy. i also get good tone out of my micro cube strait into the pa but beware of sound men with this rig when i do my own sound is ok. last but not least try a 22 caliber or a 44 caliber electroharmonix stomp box amp into 1 of your cabinets. those little amps rip when plugged into a 4 /10 cab. a lotta different ways to go. by the way my peavey has a master volume. set your tones then turn the master up or down i can play real low and still get my tone