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Re: how much power is enough??

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Posted by Bob the Bass Player on October 09, 2001 at 17:59:02:

In Reply to: how much power is enough?? posted by greg on October 07, 2001 at 13:12:08:

: Switching over to pre/power amp/cabinet system, and need suggestions as to a good power amp, and how much power will be enough (using a demeter preamp, and eitehr a 1x15 cabinet, or demeters 3x10 cabinet). Mainly playing small to medium sized gigs. Looking at tubeworks 1160 power amp (160 watts rms, 80 a side, in stereo i guess. ) Any other suggestions?

I'm going to buck the trend and suggest that 160 watts might be plenty. For years I played with a 45 watt amp, mostly in three piece bands. I recently moved up to a 200 watt amp becuase I play in a 8 piece band. We're a pretty loud band, but everyone says the bass is plenty loud at gigs.

One thing to consider is the syle of music you play. My style is related to the sounds of late 60's through mid 70's blues and psychodelic rock bass. For me I like to be able to get a soft full warm sound, a silky sustained cello-like sound and and a midrangy distorted sound just by changing the way my fingers strike the strings. By having less watts it's easy for me to overdrive the amp to get the third sound, and then back off my attack to settle into the first sound, while finding the spot in between for the second sound. I find this much harder to do when I play around with big amps. The point is: different styles of music work better with different sizes and arrangements of equipment.

Lastly, who ever mentioned using the PA is dead on. As long as there are PA's in the world you can get your bass to be as loud as you could ever need it to be. Select an amp that sounds the way you like at a modest stage volume and then let the PA amplify the sound you like out into the crowd of screaming fans.

Take Care,


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