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    Default Best 30 watt(ish) Acoustic Amp for Mandolin

    Hi all,

    I know there is probably plenty of threads 'bout this. I'm looking to buy the best possible 30 watt(ish) acoustic amplifier.
    Look forward hearing from everyone.

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    The Roland line gets very high marks around here. Can you give us a little more to go on? Best 30-ish watt is a pretty broad description. Do you have a price range? Need certain special features like phantom power or running on batteries?
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    Default Re: Best 30 watt(ish) Acoustic Amp for Mandolin

    Less than $500, line-out, wall powered (no batteries needed), two channels preferable, don't need effects.

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    Check out the Roland AC-33 and AC-60 as well as the Fishman Loudbox line. Musician's Friend has a used Fishman Soloamp available at the moment. Lots of users around here and very popular choices. Most amps are going to be more than 30 watts, but that's not really a bad thing. You can always turn it down but they only go to 11.
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    http://www.music123.com/amplifiers-e...itar-combo-amp

    I own the Acoustic 30 watts shown in the link above. It sound sweet for acoustic guitar and mandolin. I bought it simply because it was on sale (20% off).
    It has built in effects too, two channel inputs, plus MP3 input and one output (to be connected to the main PA system when playing in a large gig).

    I also own this one:
    http://www.music123.com/amplifiers-e...stic-combo-amp

    It's great for small gigs, but it is quite loud. I use it more often because it is light and powerful (15 watts sounding like 30 watts). I only set the volume to 2.5 / 10 in a room containing 60 people, and it sounds really loud.
    It has one instrument input and one mic input, MP3 input, no output.

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    I've heard good things about AER. Most of their models are higher priced, but they have the "AER Alpha 40W 1x8 Acoustic Guitar Combo Amp" that goes for about $900. Possibly a better model can be found on E-bay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Fowler View Post
    Less than $500, line-out, wall powered (no batteries needed), two channels preferable, don't need effects.
    Ed, I play through a Baggs Para DI and into a Roland CUBE40XL when I'm not going XLR from the Baggs directly into the PA. I use the Roland's JC Clean channel and roll the mids back (to 9:00). I think it sounds great (and has effects & an on-board looper). However, it only has one channel.

    The Kustom Sienna 30 has all the features you are looking for and it sounds remarkably good for $150 IMO (NFI)
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    AC 60 is 30 + 30, and right at $500 . mine seems fine..
    2channels mic with phantom , XLR or 1/4: TRS input .

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    Default Re: Best 30 watt(ish) Acoustic Amp for Mandolin

    I also own this one:
    http://www.music123.com/amplifiers-e...stic-combo-amp

    It's great for small gigs, but it is quite loud. I use it more often because it is light and powerful (15 watts sounding like 30 watts). I only set the volume to 2.5 / 10 in a room containing 60 people, and it sounds really loud.
    It has one instrument input and one mic input, MP3 input, no output.
    I have one of these too and it is quite loud for its size & weight
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    If you can find the (apparently discontinued) Lunchbox Acoustic, they sound fantastic for violin and mandolin, and are literally about the size of a lunchbox.



    http://www.ztamplifiers.com/products..._acoustic.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Goist View Post

    The Kustom Sienna 30 has all the features you are looking for and it sounds remarkably good for $150 IMO (NFI)
    Used to have it's 65-watt big brother...sounded great, but was pretty heavy!

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    I have an older UltraSound with two channels, I can run my mandolin through one channel and gitjo through the other. The notch filter is great at dialing out the feedback on both instruments. I think the newer models have an XLR for vocals but those models might be out of your price.

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    Best possible? Definitions may vary, but the AER Alpha is a great sounding compact amp.

    There are many more options, at various prices. Some of the lower cost ones can also perform very well. Others don't.
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    Default Re: Is this the one you are talking about:

    Hey Terry A. Hall:
    Are you talking about this one, the Jr., is this a current model or the possibly discontinued model you are talking about?
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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ZT-Amplifier...item3a83ce06af

    This is the link I was talking about....

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    I bought a Fishman similar to this one, and it's just fine.

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    Acoustic image but they are very pricy.
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