#1
I am purchasing a custom 5 watt all tube (Class A) amp. I am planning to use this with a 4x12 loaded with 75 watt celestion speakers.

The Ohms will match up so that is not an issue. However I am curious what I should expect using a low wattage amp with a high wattage cabinet. I know it will be harder to get the speakers to break up and this will give me more headroom.

Anyone have any experience with this type of setup?

Thanks in advance,
Anthony
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#2
Ya it will be harder to get speaker break up, but that is only a small part of headroom. With 5 watts it will be damn near impossible to get any volume without breaking up. So you will have basically 0 headroom. Other than that its exactly what you would expect.
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The amp will be a two channel amp where the gain channel will be brought in on top of the clean channel. I am not looking for a ton of headroom. I can get great clean tones from the Champion 600 that I have which I am planning on running into the stereo 4x12. So in that manner the cab would be treated as two 2x12 cabs.

I am just trying to make sure there would be enough output from the 5 watt amp to push the higher wattage speakers. I wouldn't be concerned if the cab had v30's.
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The amp will be a two channel amp where the gain channel will be brought in on top of the clean channel. I am not looking for a ton of headroom. I can get great clean tones from the Champion 600 that I have which I am planning on running into the stereo 4x12. So in that manner the cab would be treated as two 2x12 cabs.

I am just trying to make sure there would be enough output from the 5 watt amp to push the higher wattage speakers. I wouldn't be concerned if the cab had v30's.

Ya, it will be fine.
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the only real problem is that if you aren't careful you're kinda defeating the purpose of getting a low wattage head- it'll be a lot louder through a 4x12 than through a 1x12, kind of thing (especially if the 4x12 has efficient speakers, which they usually do). of course, if you want to make it louder, or don't care, then it'll be fine (though as you said, you'll get less speaker breakup).
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#8
I've got an HT-5 (5 watt tube head) running into a Marshall 4x12. It isn't any louder than a 1x12 it just sounds a little different.

If you've already got a 4x12 then it's worth it to just stick the head on top of that. If you're going to be buying a cab I'd suggest just getting a good 1x12.
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