Originally Posted by Gunnerhea86
I recently acquired two SWR Big Ben's. I was wondering if 100 all-tube watts would be enough to power them. I was thinking about the Fender Bassman 100t or maybe the Ampeg v4b. Thoughts?
I find a V4/V4B to be almost, but not quite enough for most situations... 200W is exactly enough.
That said, I have a 100W Ric amp that I gig occasionally, a traynor YBA200 that I gig occasionally, my blueline SVT that I gig often, and the Hiwatt DR405 that it my go to.
You might get by with 100W because of the huge amount of speaker area you've got. It depends on what sound you're looking to do with the amp, and how much space you need to fill. If you prefer a nasally, high-mid, cutting, gritty tone (not that 18's lend themselves to that sound AT ALL) 100W is probably enough. If you want tones of bottom, big round dub sounds, I might look for more power.