The joy of playing loud

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by loudnlousy, Oct 11, 2020.

  1. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    RED bell-bottoms (1968):
  2. hcsterg

    hcsterg Friend of Fred

    Feb 13, 2012
    Playing loud ?
    For Santana tunes, with suitable backing orchestra (keys, percussions, drums, horns) that play loud enough too.

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  3. Lionpotato

    Lionpotato Gretschie

    Oct 10, 2018
    I have owned a Marshall 100 watt Plexi full stack. A Marshall half stack MV JMP as well. Played live in the 80’s. The opening riff to Don’t Fear The Reaper on something like that live?’s other worldly. No modeler or ear bud will touch that. It was like harnessed lightning in my hands. Wonderful! Not to mention tube tone overtone goodness everywhere.
  4. salvatore

    salvatore Gretschie

    Nov 29, 2017
    Durham, NC
    I agree.
    There’s no substitute for opening up 40-100 watts through a 4x12, or two.
    Besides the bloom and compression and attack, I also find that I enjoy feather finger picking and strumming as the dynamic range is increased and expanded and allows for more nuance.

    In the early 2,000’s, I ran a ‘66 Tenny through a 100 watt 1959 SLP into a 1960A and 1960AX cab. I think it improved my playing.

    These days, I’ll crank up my Vox Heritage 50th Anniversary a couple of times a week for an hour or so. Those 15 watts do it for me. 6EB60F5A-B5F0-46E6-B5CA-F751BBAEC4DD.jpeg
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  5. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Ha ha, seen that picture as part of a "worst album sleeves ever" series :D

    Apartment here, no way I can push my small 15 watts Bugera over middle volume.
    Every few years, we rent a rehearsal room with a few pals. Last time, we agreed on the phone we would try to play beautiful for once... and ended louie-louie-ing at full volume and quite too fast :D
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  6. salvatore

    salvatore Gretschie

    Nov 29, 2017
    Durham, NC
  7. doc538

    doc538 Electromatic

    Sep 20, 2017
    Yup that be me ! Both ears ring at level 8 constantly, right ear hearing bone no longer connected...Playing my Modified 100 watt Fender 100 pa tube amp through a Marshal 4x12 cab lets me Feel the sounds and I can hear them too. Don't hear the cops banging on my garage door though :)
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  8. Vrodri1

    Vrodri1 Electromatic

    Mar 12, 2015
    El Paso, Texas
    I play stereo thru a VST special 9 and a Vox ac10. Nice little tube amps that I push till almost break up and then adjust volume accordingly. I can play in my room at a decent volume, not jean flapping, but I love how it sounds. I'm also a hearing specialist and glad I didn't over do it when I was young. I can't imagine losing my hearing and being a musician.
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  9. Medium John

    Medium John Electromatic

    Go ahead and play load . Hearing is over rated . When you're my age you'll understand , the only thing you're missing is the wife complaining , pissing and moaning about you playing too load . Turn it up . Enjoy !!! o_O:rolleyes::D
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  10. Vrodri1

    Vrodri1 Electromatic

    Mar 12, 2015
    El Paso, Texas
    No, it is not over rated. I would still like to enjoy hearing music and the TV when I get older. I'm already 61 and I'm sure when I get older, that's all I'll be able to at least do.
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  11. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    So do I.
    I am not irresponsible.
    Loud is relative.
    Just enough loud to get the power-amp-tubes work and get some nice wild feedback. That`s what I like.
    There has to be a certain sound-pressure and physical push for me that you cannot experience at home in your bedroom. I am feeling so elevated by being surrounded by tone.

    I alwas tried to avoid frequency- and volume-wars in my band.
    We avoid spilling into each other`s frequency spectrum by taking care of the individual tone-settings.
    When you are hearing yourself comfortably you do not have to turn your gear crazy loud. And the tone-guy will love you for that.

    I found out that there are certain frequencies that aren`t that loud but are absolutely punishing to my ears.
    E.g. counting-in by clapping the drumsticks sounds very nasty to me.
    Cymbals or wooden percussion are killing me. I move away from these as far as I can . I really appreciate my drummer using a plexi-shield around his kit.
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  12. Jreveal

    Jreveal Newbie

    Feb 19, 2020
    Washington DC
  13. BFTmarshall

    BFTmarshall Gretschie

    Jan 12, 2020
    set this up today for the next few songs to record. might get a tad loud .. the Orange cab with the k100's is tight !!
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  14. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    Wow, you got quite an impressive Mesa collection. That`s great!
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  15. Robbie

    Robbie Friend of Fred

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    Nope, not at all
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