#1
What do you think the minimum speaker rating is that I need to safely run a 50 watt tube head without blowing the speakers?
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#3
As thepinesurfs rightly said, 50 watts should be safe. Still, for a single speaker most people go for 60-90W which is sensible since amps often put out much more than their rated output - might not neccessarily blow a speaker but can greatly shorten its life.
If you want advice and not ust a general answer, any combination above 50W total will be fine. For example, you could use a 60W Vintage 30 for a 1x12, two 25W Greenbacks in a 2x12, etc...
#4
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As thepinesurfs rightly said, 50 watts should be safe. Still, for a single speaker most people go for 60-90W which is sensible since amps often put out much more than their rated output - might not neccessarily blow a speaker but can greatly shorten its life.
If you want advice and not ust a general answer, any combination above 50W total will be fine. For example, you could use a 60W Vintage 30 for a 1x12, two 25W Greenbacks in a 2x12, etc...

I honestly thought that, since most tonestacks only cut freqs and since few people actually run their amps with everything on ten with anything close to regularity, most amps end up putting out much less than their RMS wattage rating.
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to be safe =?= not blow with every knob cranked


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#6
As long as you're not cranking the amp to 10 all the time I don't think you have much chance in blowing the speaker unless it's way under what your amp is rated at. Most speakers are rated lower than what they really are and can handle more wattage then they say.
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#7
so a couple of greenbacks or g12h30's in a 2x12 should be ok?
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Yes, that will suffice.

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I honestly thought that, since most tonestacks only cut freqs and since few people actually run their amps with everything on ten with anything close to regularity, most amps end up putting out much less than their RMS wattage rating.


The RMS on an amp is clean power. When the tubes start saturating they become more efficient and produce more wattage.
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#10
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The RMS on an amp is clean power. When the tubes start saturating they become more efficient and produce more wattage.

RMS power is how much a amp will put out before it starts distorting.

Alternativly, on a solid state amp, when the rms power is exceded you get the same amount of watts, just a clipped signal, that can easily blow speakers.
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