This has probably been said before but I'm starting this thread because I've seen many post where newbies ask 'How much power do I need' and people keep posting that 600 watts or 1000 watts are a must. I beg to differ. I've played big gigs (6000 plus) as well as many small bar gigs with an average of one or two gigs a week for the past twelve years. Twelve years ago I've started out with an 80 watt combo which couldn't take the strain and died on me. I then purchased a 200 watt Trace Elliot head and a 2x15 Trace elliot cabinet and two years ago changed the Trace Elliot Head with a GK 400RB 200 watt head. In all these years, I have never yearned for more power. In fact, I've rarely gone more than six on my volome knob and that is pretty loud. In the big gigs which require more power, there is invariably P.A. support, because the drums would need it anyway. Now I understand the idea of having headroom and while in most situations I could easily do with having 100 watts of power, I'm very glad I have 200 watts at my disposal. Of course a big cab also helps. My rant however is with people who advocate having huge wattage. I mean, if your guitarist has a twin stack and is really loud, you don't need to get a bigger rig.....you need to ask the guitar player to put it down or change bands. And this is comimg from a guy who at 28 has a permanent hearing loss resulting from gigs which were too loud. Rant over.