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SPL
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SPL
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01/01/2004 4:58 pm
You do NOT need a big amp to get a good sound, NOR do you need all sorts of rack gear to make a small amp sound good.
A good sound is a good sound, doesn't matte how loud it is or how many speakers are being driven. In the process, usually only 1 or 2 drivers will be mic'ed, and you'll be brought back to line level no matter how loud you amp is, and then amplified through the P.A. system... then why would you need an excessive amount of power and drivers?

Since in live situations you want the backline to be as quiet as possible in order to avoid phase problems with the P.a., what you want is a low wattage amp. Thing with low wattage tube amps is that they reach their "sweet spot" of tone at much lower volume levels than big stack heads... which makes them much more suitable for live use than big stacks.
And yes, there ARE amps like that out there that sounds great at low levels, but I think many guitarists prefer not to believe it because a big stack just looks much cooler...