I was going to suggest the same. A Sennheiser e609 (or e906 if you want the higher series) hung in front of the speaker from a cable draped over your amp. You don't even need to bring a stand.All you need is one of these. Stick it in front and run it through the PA. You can run it through foldback if you have it. I gigged a EC Custom 5F1 successfully until it crapped out.
I used to gig with a VHT Special 6 (I know, 6 is more than 5, but it's pretty close.). I never had a problem with volume, and I used that amp to play with some rather loud drummers. Since you're playing with a restrained drummer you should be fine. I think that they weigh around 27 pounds. In my experience the Special 6 is a great little amp that provides a starting point to modify your sound with pedals. It might be worth looking into.
EDIT: I was using the combo version of this amp.
I had a VHT Special 6...and had it biased to run a 6L6 instead of the 6V6. I ran it into a 2X12 closed back with V30s and a tiny pedal board for 2 years....(maybe 15 gigs) from bars, to patios, to bandstands in big rooms...to fairgrounds.
And there was enough headroom most of the time....until I met a drummer that it didn't work in the guys living room.
I have yet to gig with my Special 6 (head) but what i can tell you is that it has a pretty beefy output transformer so it is the opposite of say a Champ in terms of power out.If you don't need clean and have a little PA in the club, I think you will have a lot of fun.
I rehearsed and even gigged with a vht special 6 head and a 1x12 Cab for some time.
In the end I settled on a DIY 15 watt 1x12 combo, and thinkin about 25/30 Watts, to get more clean volume and "weight"; but strictly for lead and distorted sounds a single ended amp at his limits Is gorgeous.
That’s very true. That’s the reason bassist in the know use a LPF in the signal chain.I don't have one, but I have seen it done. One thing to remember is that pushing the bottom end takes a lot of power. In a band setting, with bass & maybe keys, you might not need so much of that, so dialing out some low end might leave you more juice for mids & highs - which should be your sonic territory anyway.
Or, mic your amp - best overall solution if there's PA, IMO.
@ballynally2, can you say more about the "lossy tone stack" of your Special 6 and what you did to mod it? I've never been bothered by mine, but I'm always curious.
If this is too much of a thread hijack just let me know, but it might be useful to anyone thinking through gigging with a <10 watt amp.
I copied this from a website, but I've seen similar in many places including on TDPRI.Lots of interesting replies, thank you all. Now, I'm wondering if this might help with loudness; a friend has a home built 2x10 containing 150W Celestion Sidewinders he's selling off. I considered replacing the stock speaker in the DSL with one of them. Would the 103dB efficiency of the Sidewinder produce a significant increase in volume over the stock Celestion 10/Thirty, rated at 95dB? Is 5W even enough to drive a speaker rated at 150W handling? You can tell I know very little about this stuff!
Thanks; yes I'm aware of potential impedance mismatches, and the Sidewinder I'm interested in is the same 16ohm rating as the stock speaker so should be ok. I'm excited to give it a try! I'll report back with my findings. Thanks again.I copied this from a website, but I've seen similar in many places including on TDPRI.
"A change of 3 dB is accepted as the smallest difference in level that is easily heard by most listeners listening to speech or music. It is a slight increase or decrease in volume.
To produce an increase of +3 dB you simply need to double power (watts). "
So If you add 6 dB with a 5w amp it will sound like a 20w amp, and 9 dB will sound like a 40w amp. So an 8dB increase will have a significant impact on how loud your amp sounds. If the speakers give you the tone that you want it looks like a good move.
What you need to be careful with is how many Ohms the speakers are, both from a loudness point of view, and also with regards to overloading your amp.
I have a pair of very efficient 10" 200w speakers. I have used them for vocal PA with a 25w per channel power amp. They were more than enough with a loud band, and the low power of the amp in relation to the speakers was not an issue.
Another thing is that people think 5w is 5w and yes, they are correct but if your amp is setup without a lossy tone stack and the circuit supports enough power to the PT and OT (like the VHT Special 6) you get more raw power out. Remember that most of the watts go into the low end ...