#1
6 months ago I started a band with a couple friends; within a month we'll play a little show for our friends (+/- 80 people I guess). Now we were wondering if our amps would have enough power to play loud enough. I hope you guys can help us.
I've got an 40 Watt transistor amp, the other guitarist only a 25 Watt transistor and our bass player 100 Watt.

Thanks
#2
It deepends A LOT (only) on the sound reinforcement system you'll be having.

Poorly speaking, if you're gonna have microphones in front of your amps and a couple or more pa speakers you're most likely gonna be all right.
In that setting though, with that much people, even a full stack won't be a lot more helpful, even though it's louder.

If you don't have a pa system get a decent one instead of new amps if you're serious about your gigs.
Well if you care about being heard by everybody instead of making the first four rows deaf and leaving everything to the last rows' imagination.

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#3
Like he says ^^ Mic up, and you'll be fine. Rent a PA if you have to for now. Are you guys instrument only, or vocals too?
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#4
We don't have a pa system and we don't have enough money to buy one, even to rent one isn't that easy. We aren't that serious about this gig, it's just for our friends and to let them hear what we are busy with. There are vocals too.
But you think we won't make it with only those amp's?
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#5
You'll probably be ok. Can you hear each other ok at practice? No drummer, I guess?
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Custom: Harley Quinn Bass
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#6
We do have a drummer
We practice in a garage and there we don't have any problem to hear each other loud enough, more than loud enough actually. I hope you're right and we'll be fine with this equipment, thanks!
#7
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But you think we won't make it with only those amp's?
I think you will not.
Thing is, it's not that much about volume as much as it's about how the sound is coming to the audience: the first rows will hear a loud mess, the rows from 5th to 8th or so will hear stuff more or less right, and the other ones will not hear much.

You can play with just the amps if you play with big amps in a relatively small and close place, though that's not a thing you would generally do if you had a pa system anyway 'cause things are a lot more clear through that.
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#8
Correct me if I'm wrong, but we're not talking about "rows" of people here. There will probably be a handful of your friends in front of the amps.
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#9
honestly, if its just like a performance at a party/get together with your friends, it will be fine. not great, but fine. but everyone should start saving up now if you plan on doing clubs/venues and stuff later. playing for your friends is a great way for the band to start getting really really tight.
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#10
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We don't have a pa system and we don't have enough money to buy one, even to rent one isn't that easy. We aren't that serious about this gig, it's just for our friends and to let them hear what we are busy with. There are vocals too.
But you think we won't make it with only those amp's?


Well, that is the "allure" of those early shows. Just do it. I think what you have is insufficient and will probably ask, beg and borrow a PA or at least bigger amps...
#11
It's all about your drummer. If you can be heard over him, you're loud enough. But you are going to need some sort of PA for the vocals regardless. If the PA has enough inputs just mike your amps up.
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#12
It may be okay for a small function room. I suggest putting the amps high so they can be heard even if some people gather in front. Placing them low will prevent the high frequencies from reaching the back if someone stands in front of the amp.
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