thumb55 said:

I know the Fender Hod Rod is a little loud for the bedroom but it is very gigable and can work through a band practice without a p.a.

I haven't played a blackheart yet, what kind of volume do they put out?

The Handsome Devil is switchable between 7 watts in triode mode and 15 watts in pentode mode. Unlike many "R.M.S." bullshit ratings on many solid state amps, that's REAL watts. At max power through the Blackheart 1x12 cab(s) or a cab loaded with efficient speakers (100-103dB @ 1watt/meter S.P.L. rating), you're pushing around 112-116 dBs at max volume.

See the pasted chart below to see where that fits into examples dB levels

Jet aircraft, 50 m away 140 dB

Threshold of pain 130 dB

Threshold of discomfort 120 dB

Chainsaw, 1m distance 110 dB

Disco, 1 m from speaker 100 dB

Diesel truck, 10 m 90 dB

Kerbside of busy road, 5 m 80 dB

As each time you DOUBLE the wattage rating, you gain only 3 dB (logrithmic scale), a 50 watt tube amp would be approx. 5 or 6 dB louder than the 15 watter, rather than 3 times as loud. A 15-20 watt amp is plenty loud enough to play small venues. If it isn't, the venue should have a serious house system and you can always mike the amp through the PA.