lower watt amps in series vs single higher watt

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jamesonellis, Oct 20, 2005.

  1. jamesonellis


    Nov 12, 2004
    what is the difference , say , between 2 100 watt amps and one 200 watt amp?i notice a lot of people piggybacked their amps back in the day, now you can have 1 amp w/ a kazillion watts.
  2. billfitzmaurice

    billfitzmaurice Commercial User

    Sep 15, 2004
    New Hampshire
    Owner, Bill Fitzmaurice Loudspeaker Design
    Potentially a lot. Piggybacking amps requires that you also use piggyback cabinets, otherwise the additional power can't be utilized. Using one larger amp means you can use one speaker capable of handling the higher powered amp.
  3. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge

    Us older guys, we did that 'cause it was how we could get volume. There were relatively few high power bass amps around and entirely too many 50 to 100 watt guitar amps.
  4. I have tried HUUUUUUGE amps, but never piggy backed wee amps.Are there any safety concerns, power surge e.t.c -just wondering! as i like the thought of having a variety of tones
  5. andertone

    andertone Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Southwest USA
    My main rig for years was two Fender Blackface Showmans
    (down from three at one point). Just enough to drive
    two Fender Bassman JBL D140F (2ea per cabinet) speakers,
    with excellent results.

    Maybe not the pant flapping modern boutique cabinets
    give, but a nice crunchy tube sound I still can't
    get with my Epifani cabs

    Phil Anderson
    Tucson, AZ
  6. jamesonellis


    Nov 12, 2004
    i am thinking of a pair of bassman 10s,one clean,one dirty.i have one now and the sound is absolutely gorgeous.sort of a baby stack for the late '60s entwistle sound in miniature.