#1
Im looking to get a new bass amp and i was wondering how many watts my amp would need to play with and/or over drums? My answers in other places have ranged from 15W-300W.
#2
There's been other threads on this, but I will put my two cents in again. 200w is going to be your starting point. You can always turn down a too loud amp but trying to crank a 100 W to be heard over an aggressive drummer is not going to be favourable to your tone.
#3
I've used 300 and got by, but I use 500 now and it's very comforting having the extra headroom
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#4
the most you can afford to have should be ok.
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#6
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start around 250 watts. work your way up till you find a resaonable volume. whoever told you 15 watts needs to get their head checked


maybe they meant playing with a tambourine covered in cloth?
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maybe they meant playing with a tambourine covered in cloth?

maybe they played Death Metal :P

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#9
I've been making it happen with 100 Watts. Our drummer isn't too aggressive though, so I'm okay. I would say around 200 watts though.
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#10
200 watts or more. Tried to rehearse with the band once with my 100 W practice amp and I didn't hear anything while standing next to it. Now I always play through my Ashdown head + cabinet which produces around 220W. This works fine.
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#12
Get an ideal power amp. that is 10 to 1000 watts, tune between low & high range to get the required output.
#13
i play with a 60w laney combo and its fine. i think 100watts would be enough but you can still play with 60w, but its better to have that extra headroom.

i have played with loud drummers and my combo still handles it.
#14
My old bass teacher had a 1.5kw head. That's pretty cool.

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#15
Watts do not equal volume. More speaker surface area will sound louder than doubling the watts. Playing a 500 watt head through an 8x10 will sound much louder than playing the same head through a single 1x15. Keep this in mind when shopping around.

Do you have a budget? A good starter amp would be the Acoustic B200H head and the matching 4x10 cabinet.
#16
This depends on so many factors, that is impossible for us all to give similar answers as we all have different experiences. Playing with a drummer. Just A drummer? it's easy to get heard at fairly low volumes if you're the only tuned instrument playing. If not, we need to know your guitarist's amp. We also need to know his/their playing styles. Agressive? Gentle? Somewhere in-between? We also need genre. If you're playing in a jazz 3 piece or any more gentle type of music, you will need much less than, say grunge/ hard rock which switches from gentle to loud-as-hell in split seconds sometimes. Also, do you want to be heard or felt? In most situations, 30-75ish watts will be enough for you and your drummer to hear you (Depending on his style & the genre), but you won't be supplying the bass as such, you'd be too quiet to do that, you'll just be more noise in the mix. 100-150 (depending on genres, aggressiveness) will be enough to get felt, but your tone will suffer as you will be pushing the amp past its boundaries, and on solid state amps that makes for a fairly terrible breaking up sound in many cases. 200-350+ will be enough in my opinion to be heard, felt and have headroom to preserve your tone.

Me? I play in an electro-rock band, with a drummer who has very controlled dynamics, and i get along with a 65w amp, which is fine for practice, as i can hear myself and the parts i'm playing. In my 3 piece grunge/Post-hardcore band, i play guitar, using a 15w tube amp, and the bassist uses an ashdown 300w mag with a 4x10 cab. Bass is very much felt in that.

Sorry for wall of text, but this question gets asked a lot but without more details your answers will range from all over the place.
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