Hello all, by asking this question, I want to know what number on the volume knob you usually have your amp set at irregardless of how big your amp is, or how many speakers you're going through. If you want, you can split your answer into two responses: practicing and giging. (That word looks so cool ) and give a short reason why: sounds good/need to cut through, etc. The reason I'm asking this is because at another thread, a member says he sometimes plays his amp at 9 or 10. I believe him, but any amp I've ever owned, or played through usually produced some kind of unwanted result (clipping, distortion, blew speakers, etc) after about 6 or 7. I have power meters on my stereo power amp (an old S.A.E) and this amp can put out up to 200 watts per channel. Going through a pair of Bose speakers, and depending on the source, the power meters will usually show 200 watts being produced at around 5 to 7 on the volume knob. This means NO MORE HEADROOM. I would assume it's pretty much the same for bass amps. I'll go first. On my Bassman 60, I usually practice at about 3, never more than 5. If I do it gets too loud for the house, and at 5 or 6 it would be enough to play a low/acoustic gig. When I was in a band (that went nowhere) I used my Yamaha 100watt w/1x15 and at a medium volume gig, it was decently loud at 5, but would start to breakup as I pushed it to 7. I'm just curiuos. Even if you have an SVT w/8x10 do you push it past 6? Does it sound distorted? Have you replaced many speakers? Mike J.