Re: First Amp?

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Posted by Mickster on January 02, 2001 at 12:39:54:

In Reply to: First Amp? posted by Chi on December 31, 2000 at 13:55:30:

: My question is how many watts would i need to play in a punk or metal garage band? I dont have a band yet but i am looking for an amp and wondering if i should get one that i will be able to use if i do join one. Im thinking of a 8" to 12" but i dont know how many watts can carry with a guitar and drums. I dont want anything expensive or big, and will probably buy it from ebay or something. Any suggetions of what to get and what are some good ones would be appreciated.

Hey Chi, Happy New Year.

If you're into Punk/Metal I would suggest gotting the most powerful amp you
can.As a lot of bassists agree, you can never have too much power, especially
for Metal.Now, you've got to decide what you want; portability or power. If you
want portability, a combo with a 15" speaker would be perfect.If you want volume, you'll be much better off with a separate head/bottom set-up.If you
want volume, get an amp of at least 200 watts with either a 2x15 or 4x10 bottom.
Money, which ruins everything, will probably be the deciding factor.Brand new,
a nice combo will be in the $400.00-$700.00 range.A 200 watt head/bottom set-up
will start at about $800.00, and go up from there.Another thing to consider is:
If you're going to practice in a garage, the more volume you have, the sooner
someone is going to call the cops.Believe me, it's happened.Carvin has a combo
which puts out 160 watts with a 15" speaker.That might be a good comprimise.
As far as E-bay goes, you just have to keep checking, then if you see something
you like, be "Lion ready" to pounce.

Hope this helped.

The Mickster

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