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Watts...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by WarwickFRK, Oct 16, 2001.


  1. WarwickFRK

    WarwickFRK Guest

    Oct 14, 2001
    What kind of amp do you use and how many watts is it? Do you play in a band/if so what style of music?

    I am trying to get some opinions. Basically I have a SWR stack. The 350 head with a Goliath III 4x10 and a Son of Bertha 1x15 on the bottom. Running both at 4 ohms to get the full 350w. My main style of playing is in a fusion electric/acoustic band. Not much volume needed so I assume this head is plenty.

    I also do session work with "metal" bands to alternative rock. I just practiced with this new band I'm doing live session work for and they play very loud. The guitarist has a mesa boogie 2:90 pwr amp, damn loud. I didn't bring my rig but instead used their EX bassist rig, which is still at their practice space (he has an Ampeg rig with 8x10 tower!)

    in your guys opinion do u think I will be able to compete with these guys with my SWR rig??? Or do I need to return my 350 and get the 750 and suck up the extra $500. I'd rather not because I'm broke as is but I will do if I have to. What u think?:confused:
     
  2. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Could be, but your SWR Cabs are very sensitive so you are having a lot of volume (SPL) from less watts.
    If you gig with them with the SWR and think you need a little boost, consider getting another POWER AMP and use the SWR 350 wired to the Bertha and then the other Amp getting signal from the SWR 350 Preamp section, into the Goliath.

    Cheap recomendations?
    Carvin DCM600 or DCM1000
     
  3. boogiebass

    boogiebass

    Aug 16, 2000
    Like I suggested in the other thread, you'd be better off with the 750. If you can swing it, do it.
     
  4. WarwickFRK

    WarwickFRK Guest

    Oct 14, 2001
    Interesting suggestion. BUT how much does the alternative cost??? Because if its at least 500 I mine as well exchange the head for the 750. But seriously, while playing with my new rig at home and I turned that baby up, my ear drums almost popped. It seems louder than 350w to me but then again...... who knows. :(

    I'll just see how practice goes with this "metal" style band next week with my SWR rig... Hopfully what I have is plenty loud. I expect to play small bars/clubs. And most of them have a sound board.

    If the practice shows I'm too soft then I'll just bite the bullet and exchange it and pay more.... dear me.
     
  5. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Wattage is not volume, remember that.
    And doubling your wattage will only raise your volume 3dB.

    The DCM1000 (1000 Watts!!!) is only $399
    and the DCM600 is even less.