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200 or 400 watt?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by JoshGuardo, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. JoshGuardo


    Mar 20, 2008
    gonna purchase a hiwatt custom bassamp, playing in a four pieceband with two guitarists. which is smarter, Hiwatt custom200 or Hiwatt Custom 400?

    btw: playing trough a 410+115 configuration
  2. 400
  3. isomela


    Jun 28, 2007
    I think that 200 tubewatt is enough. I used to have an old Dr103 custom 100 and sold it because it was underpowered when playing with fingers punkpop via 4ohm 2x15 fender cabin (we used to have 3 guitarist). But if you play with pick and have pair of good cabs then 100 Hiwatt tube watts is enough too.
  4. JoshGuardo


    Mar 20, 2008
    So you think that 200 is enough? gonna mic it up on stage anyway and the guitarists use like 30 - 60 watts Vox's and Hiwatt's ;)
  5. Deluge Of Sound

    Deluge Of Sound Banned

    Nov 8, 2007
    Yeah, 200 should be enough.

    If clean tone is important to you at high volume, though, I'd go with the 400 for the extra headroom.
  6. JoshGuardo


    Mar 20, 2008
    Ok, good for me that I can get those amps for artist/endorsee pricing! ;)
  7. babebambi


    Jan 7, 2008
    yeah headroom, more is better :bag:

    also depends on the weight difference and MONEY difference
    and re-tubing $$ down the road

    but I still vote for 400 :hyper:
  8. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Banned Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    In that case get two 200 watt tube amps for backup/power which can be scaled to different sized venues.
  9. JoshGuardo


    Mar 20, 2008
    yeah, that was my original plan, but just want to hear what all of the TB'ers sayss about it.
  10. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    I'd do 400
  11. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Banned Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    Another advantage of having two amps: one can be run clean and the other distorted via its master volume yielding a nasty rock 'n' roll bass sound which retains note definition.
  12. JoshGuardo


    Mar 20, 2008
    Yeah, gonna buy one 400 now, and one 400 next year. maybe some 200 or 100 for studio use aswell.
  13. heinpete


    Apr 9, 2008
    Hesse, Germany
    ...and when the 800 is available, make sure you get one, too!!!
    Happy April!!!

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