Originally Posted by FFTT
I can hardly believe people are making such a fuss over 30 watts RMS.
Even so, I understand todays small venues and improved PA systems have changed
the need for big block amps, but gee wiz 30 watts is tame compared to everything
I knew when I was still playing full time through a professional 24 channel PA system, even in smaller 200 seat venues.
No one in 3 years of touring & clubbing ever asked us to turn down, not once.
Right on. Preach it, brother!
So what's the speed limit in the US? 70 or 80 mph or something? Now when you get a new car, do you worry about it 'going too fast'. Do you prefer a car that has such a weak engine that it couldn't possibly go faster that 75 mph?
Well, maybe like the sound that car makes when it's on the verge of blowing up.
I want an amp that has HEADROOM. Like anybody else I like the half-distorted 'use you volume pot to ride the magic threshold of saturation' sound if appropriate but I'd like to be able to control it and using somewhat bigger amps works much better for me most of the time.
And unlike what most 'pedals are bad' purists may say, there is a big difference in say a Fender Twin and a Marshall Super lead being driven by a good distortion or overdrive pedal so that using a more powerful amp can actually result in a much more 'natural' sound in some cases.
Truth be told some years ago I had more problems with being told to turn down when using one or two wide-open Blues Jr. than with my current Blues DeVille or Vibrolux Custom setup. It's not so much about the actual volume or wattage but rather the frequency focus. A small amp that's really shrill and lacking bottom end usually hurts your or the lsiteners way more than say a great Marshall that's very loud but also balanced and warm sounding.
Remember that the classical Marshall stack was invented because players like Townshend, Beck and Page, etc wanted more power and headroom as opposed to the AC 30s the mostly were using in the mid 60s.
So 50 years down the line we complain about AC 30s being too loud. Rock and roll is truly dead I'd say!