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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-26-2003, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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If I had a 100 watt tube marshall, and a 100 watt tube peavey or boogie, would they be the same loudness?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-26-2003, 05:58 PM
 
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The short answer is no. Wattage is not a measure of volume. Unfortunately, I don't know enough of the technical specifics to tell you exactly why they'd vary.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-26-2003, 06:36 PM
 
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I just got a 100W Rivera head (all-tube) and the first question I asked was why it didn't have the same clean headroom as my 50W tube Ampeg that it replaced.

It runs at either 12.5, 25, 50 or 100W and there doesn't seem to be much difference in how loud it sounds in my studio.

So I took the head up to the practice room and Jesus H., the volume was totally different. The 50W and 100W settings projected so much more than the lower ones and it just seemed so much louder.

I think (and of course this isn't technically right) that so much of what as a guitarist you think of as volume actually comes down to tightness, projection of the sound, drive, cut, definition, midrange growl, whatever you want to call it, and the watts are only important in terms of your clean headroom, and even then as I've just experienced they are no guide. You can get power amp distortion much easier out of a 25W amp, and why my 50W sounded louder in the studio than my 100W I will never understand.....
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Well, I just always hear "This Marshall is bone-crushing loud" and it's only a 100w tube. I don't hear the same about a 100w tube Crate or a Peavey. Maybe I just hear things from people funny
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-26-2003, 07:45 PM
 
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I find my boogie louder than marshalls side by side!
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Originally Posted by Jamie
I just got a 100W Rivera head (all-tube) and the first question I asked was why it didn't have the same clean headroom as my 50W tube Ampeg that it replaced.
Different tubes have different thresholds as to when they start breaking up. If you like it to start breaking up at lower volumes, find the right tube for you.

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