#1
Oy all, I'm looking at getting a Vox Valvetronics tube amp, but I'm not sure how much wattage I need. I plan on playing in a band fairly soon, and I'd like an amp I could use to play over a drummer and such.

Mainly, I'm considering either the 30W or the 50W. Will the 30 be enough? Will the 50?
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#2
Vox's are hybrid amps, but good nevertheless.

I'd get the 50watt one just to be safe.
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#4
30 might struggle depending on how loud your co-muscians are. 50 should be enough (and more headroom in a solid state amp is always good)
#5
I would strongly say 50watt.

30 is really on the limit I think and its not so good to always play on full volume all the time
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30 might struggle depending on how loud your co-muscians are. 50 should be enough (and more headroom in a solid state amp is always good)


I couldn't have put it better myself. I know a drummer who's impossibly loud and my school's 30 watt amp stuggles when any guitarist using it is jamming with him.
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#7
Depends on your drummer and type of music, but I would get at least the 50W. I've played with a loud metal drummer using 2 different 100W SS amps, and it was very hard to cut through with both. I guess if your drummer has good control with his dynamics, you would be fine, but I had a heck of a time with a drummer that was near my experience level at playing. Like was said, the Valvetronix aren't tube amps, they are considered hybrid, although a little different design than most others. Good amps, but not tube if you are talking volume considerations.
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#8
Just get the 50 (or the 100 watt, if power is really a concern for you). It's a better amp. Actually, it comes with a better speaker. It has adjustable wattage anyway (from .1-50 watts). Just get the 50. You'll thank me later.

For the record, I own a AD30VT and it's been a disappointment after I took it home.
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#9
As statesd, the Vox is a hybrid amp, not tube. But that's really not important.

I would suggest the 50W version. While 30W will be loud enough to be heard, simply being heard isn't enough. 50W will give you extra headroom to allow you to be heard CLEARLY. And that makes all the difference.
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#10
Thanks for the input, and I stand corrected on the tube/hybrid issue lol.

Looks like I'll go with the 50W
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#11
If you can afford to save up a bit more cash, the 100W version would be light years better in terms of clarity at higher volumes. Consider 50W the bare minimum of what you need, and any extra is an improvement...
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#12
i would get the highest you can if you can afford it. (incase you start playing with loud people)
i play bass in bands, and i was palying with this one band. loud drummer, mesa truple rect, and a AVT100 in 1960 cab (mesa was 2x12) and i had a hard time hearing me. and i had 1000 watts of bass.
#14
Unless your budget is really tight, get the amp with a wattage/loudness/etc that exceeds by a comfortable margin the loudest you will ever need it to be. It's kind of a peace of mind thing, too, to know that no matter where you go (unless you start playing on some really big venues) that you'll have enough power to stay where you need to be with your band.