For some larger venues, I'm using a 100w head through a 2x12 8ohm cabinet. This cabinet is loaded with two Eminence Patriot Red/White/Blues speakers. They are rated at 120w each.
I'm usually OCD about bringing backups of everything to gigs, but I haven't been doing that with amps. Saturday night, I had a power tube failure and the band had to do a few "non-guitar" songs to stall while I ran home to get a backup amp. Luckily, I live 5 minutes from the venue I was at.
I figure that for gigs where I'm using my 100w head and 2x12 cab setup, I better bring some kind of backup. The Maz18NR is small and can easily sit on top of this other head and can be a quick switch if I have another issue with the bigger head.
Here's some questions:
1. How will it sound with the Maz 18 pushing such a high wattage speaker? Will it sound bad? I generally use the Maz as a clean platform for pedals.
2. Is it safe to run an 18w head through two 120w speakers?
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I installed a RW&B in my 12 watt 62 Brown Princeton and it sounds great. As far as I know the wattage mis-match in that direction isn't a problem but if someone more knowledgeable knows differently, please let me know. I'd hate to damage the Princeton's transformers. I tried 3-4 different speakers in it after building the 12" baffle and the RW&B sounded best.
Last Edit: Feb 6, 2019 7:18:22 GMT -7 by Ridgeback
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Post by premiumplus (Dave) on Feb 6, 2019 7:32:08 GMT -7
No worries, I've run my Maz 18NR into a 300 watt EVM speaker and it sounds fine. How good it sounds doesn't have much to do with the speakers being able to handle higher power. Plug it in and rock. You'll be fine.
Where do you play where you can use a 100 watt amp? Do you have the master way down?
. That venue was a large ballroom in a hotel for a Mardi Gras Ball. The 100w head has a great master volume (it’s a Fuchs TDS btw) so I don’t have to run it at ear shattering volumes to get good tone. I’m using a Clearsonic amp shield/baffle and Aurelex Gramma pad to also help tame the sound.
Smaller venues and stages I use either my Max 18 NR w/ 2x10 cab or a Fender Deluxe Reverb.
Ever since I’ve been using the Clearsonic shield, I’ve never had a soundman tell me to turn down. They are wonderful and make a difference for FOH. However, if anyone sets up behind the amp and shield (in my case our horn players) they will complain since all of the sound is now being directed into their face. It helps when the horns are using their in-ears.
It also helps that I’m using in-ears for monitoring. At this venue, I setup the amp on the floor facing under the stage (my position is on the side of the stage, I can easily lean over and make adjustments as needed. The stage is about 3.5ft off the floor), so I don’t really need to directly hear the cab with the in-ears.
Thanks for the answers! I’m going to start bringing my Max as a backup for when I use the Fuchs!
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