Last week I started jamming with a new group and the drummer plays loudly. My 15 watt practice amp had a hard time keeping up. Is there a good rule of thumb for how much wattage you need to keep up with a drummer? Keep in mind I need clean headroom, since this is a jazz gig.
I thought I read somewhere that just 10 watts or so was enough to keep up with drums, so I'm inclined to try again with different settings since, to be fair, I didn't fully crank it last time. But of course I love new gear so I'm considering a 50 watt combo with good cleans that can also do metal.
Also, I should mention that my 15 watt amp is a Vox Valvetronix. It uses a 12AX7 in the power section to emulate power tube sag, but the real power is solid state. So I guess technically it's 15 watts of solid state power, and not 15 watts of tube power which, according to everyone, feels louder.
If you're a cheapy, and not a cork sniffer, the Behringer GMX212 is 100W, SS, and very neutral. Based on the Tech 21 models, it also has real good tones, from clean to high gain. Also, very loud.
If I were in your shoes, and looking for a tube combo, I'd think Mesa Roadster, likely.