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Which ones do you guys think are better and more practical for home practice and gigging?

I like the bigger sound that my friend's half stack has, and it can definitely compete with a drum set. Unfortunately, I'm not to well versed in the area of combos. I know there are some loud combos out there, but when I'm stuck with a 15w during band practice, I don't seem to be satisfied.

Could you guys help me get better informed about both sides?
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Quote by Aeroblast
Which ones do you guys think are better and more practical for home practice and gigging?

I like the bigger sound that my friend's half stack has, and it can definitely compete with a drum set. Unfortunately, I'm not to well versed in the area of combos. I know there are some loud combos out there, but when I'm stuck with a 15w during band practice, I don't seem to be satisfied.

Could you guys help me get better informed about both sides?

Half Stacks only sound "fuller" if they are 2x12 or 4x12. If you really insist on having that full sound, then look into the realm of 2x12 combos. What are your styles? Whats your budget?
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unless you're touring, or playing anything regularly, don't consider a half stack, or any kind of stack. a combo will suit you just fine. if you want more sound, just mic the amp, and play through a house system at a venue.
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home practice-combo, band practice-large combo (100W or more) or half stack, gig-half stack.
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home practice-combo, band practice-large combo (100W or more) or half stack, gig-half stack.

Wait... are you saying you need more than 100Ws for a band practice situation?
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Quote by opticon
home practice-combo, band practice-large combo (100W or more) or half stack, gig-half stack.

50W is fine for band practices, and Orange makes some f*cking loud 30W ones, too
EDIT: and you don't necessarily need a half stack for gigs either. With a good enough p.a. system you could use one of those little 5-watt Marshall micro amps.
buy once you start getting into larger venues in front of a lot of people, then yes, a hald stack is likely necessary
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your going to at least need 150 watts of solid state amp to practice with a drum kit and half that power in tube.

If you are only playing to practice with a band Crate makes a great amp for the money, with nice tones tube or solid state. A half stack will set you back anywhere from $800 to thousands and youll never use the volume past 2 in the house. I guess it all depends on what your using it for.
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2x12 combos are great, i actually ended up getting a half stack but its low wattage stack. some great amps for 2x12's are fender twins and marshall bluesbreakers
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my 60 watt deville drowns out any drummer i play with by the way

i have to turn it down so they can be heard
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i'd say get a combo.
With my 5150 combo i could easily play with drums at around 3 or 4.
when people are home, i can turn it past 1.
plus you can hook up a 2x12 cab to it iff you want
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yeah its surprising how loud a tube amp can be....at the bar i work at there is this regular costumer that has jammed with buddy guy and les paul...and whenever we have open jams at the bar all he gigs with is a vertical 2x12 and an orange tiny terror
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Half Stacks only sound "fuller" if they are 2x12 or 4x12. If you really insist on having that full sound, then look into the realm of 2x12 combos. What are your styles? Whats your budget?


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your going to at least need 150 watts of solid state amp to practice with a drum kit and half that power in tube.


wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong.

So you're saying you have to turn a 150 watt ss amp all the way up to be heard over a drummer? yeah right....even 30 watts is plenty for practice.
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wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong.

So you're saying you have to turn a 150 watt ss amp all the way up to be heard over a drummer? yeah right....even 30 watts is plenty for practice.


+1 this guy wants to destroy the drummer or anyone else that gets in his way.
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Get whatever you want and think sounds good.

They both have ups and downs. Halfstacks allow you to buy different heads but keep the same speakers, allowing more versatility. Combos are easier to move around.

Some amps only come in head form.
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To everyone who says you dont need a halfstack to gig.

Duh this is true, however alot of people judge you and your band based on equipment. There's a reason like Laiho doesn't play a hello kitty squier and use a mesa combo.
So when you gig i'd say you need a stack.

Volumewise, 30-50watt tube is sufficient. I have 120W and its pretty useless at home. Also its an absolute **** to log around a head AND a 412 so in terms of practically a combos good for practice.
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To everyone who says you dont need a halfstack to gig.

Duh this is true, however alot of people judge you and your band based on equipment. There's a reason like Laiho doesn't play a hello kitty squier and use a mesa combo.
So when you gig i'd say you need a stack.

Volumewise, 30-50watt tube is sufficient. I have 120W and its pretty useless at home. Also its an absolute **** to log around a head AND a 412 so in terms of practically a combos good for practice.

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Only wankers judge a band on their rig, and who gives a toss what wankers think? Most normal people tend to judge a band on the sound they produce, more commonly referred to as "music".


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