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    Apology if this has been covered recently. I went through some past posts and didnít find anything relevant.

    Iíve added an internal JJB pickup to my Eastman and acquired an external preamp; now Iím looking for a small unit in the range of 50 amps; intrigued by Fishman Loudbox mini, but I donít sing much so maybe something that will take 2 instrumental inputs. Will be playing with others equipped with small units.

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    You might take a look at Yamaha’s THR modeling amps in a variety of sizes. They are AC and battery powered and include modeling of several kinds of amps.

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    These are nice, more of a PA so nice clear sound. If you don't need the mic input the XLR from your preamp works better anyway. You have either on both channels.

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    I have a Schertler Giulia Y (40 amps) and really like it. It has a very natural sound and some great features. The newer Giulia X has 50 amps.

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    If you guys really mean amps instead of watts, be real careful plugging in
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    I have an older Loudbox 100. Channel 1 is simply a 1/4" input. Channel 2 offers that, and an xlr. Extremely versatile amp, and easy enough to find used.
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    well actually, if you take my (and I know they aren't cheap) AER Compact 60.3 - that does have a mic input on the second channel, but it's a dual use, as the normal jack socket is in the middle - and impedance is adjustable.
    So you don't need to worry so much and maybe that feature is on the other dual channel amps.

    FWIW, I love it, but there are other things out there.

    The Yamaha THR series as mentioned above is a single input. I do use mine more for electric; the AER for acoustic or my P90 equipped archtop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill McCall View Post
    If you guys really mean amps instead of watts, be real careful plugging in
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    I have a Roland Mobile AC as my answer to a smaller amplifier I've seen them used as a monitor on stage too ..

    Anyone want the Kustom KPC4P I am not using? 50W , fits on Mic stand [ XLR in & Out (+ 1/4" through )..]

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    Quote Originally Posted by pops1 View Post
    These are nice, more of a PA so nice clear sound. If you don't need the mic input the XLR from your preamp works better anyway. You have either on both channels.

    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...with-bluetooth
    I have one of the older Loudbox amps, and the sound is great, but there's no way to mute just one channel. This looks like a great solution. Mackie has always had impressive stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A-board View Post
    Apology if this has been covered recently. I went through some past posts and didnít find anything relevant.

    Iíve added an internal JJB pickup to my Eastman and acquired an external preamp; now Iím looking for a small unit in the range of 50 amps; intrigued by Fishman Loudbox mini, but I donít sing much so maybe something that will take 2 instrumental inputs. Will be playing with others equipped with small units.

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    Look no further then the Bose S1 Pro

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    Small, versatile, great sound, ACTUAL 50 watts RMS, and...cheap. Kustom PA-50.

    https://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-...waAquJEALw_wcB

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    Quote Originally Posted by acinva View Post
    I have a Schertler Giulia Y (40 amps) and really like it. It has a very natural sound and some great features. The newer Giulia X has 50 amps.

    Alan
    I have a 50 Watt Schertler Guilia that I won in a Mandolin Cafe drawing a while back. I paired it with their basic stick-on mic on a wide range of mandolin-family instruments and absolutely love the sound I get. It really does sound like the instrument I am playing, just amplified. I have also played my Ovation mandolin through it and that is a great combination. Schertler makes great equipment and I am a real fan. Plus they supported the Cafe that way, which I value, too.

    My Guilia has only one instrument input though, which works fine for me but might not for you. I just wanted to add my +1 to Alan's Schertler comment. We share a similar opinion.
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    I use a Loundbox mini as my main amp for shows. It sounds great by itself - the reverb and eq's are easy to work with and etc. It also has a line out so you can go to the PA as well and you can control the volume from the amp separate from the level that goes to the PA which is nice.

    I rarely use the Loudbox alone however as I feel anytime you plug in a mando, you need to have some way to compensate for the natural tone you lose with the direct plug. I primarily use a compressor (LR Baggs Session), a reverb pedal (BlueSky from Strymon), and the LR Baggs Venue as the final pedal in the chain. The Venue provides a few things the loudbox doesn't have - including a mute / tuner switch and a better EQ IMO. In addition the Venue can also send to an amp and PA separately with independent volume controls.

    When I play solo, I just use the loudbox for my mandolin and vocals through the section channel.

    When I play with a band, I use the loudbox as a personal mandolin only monitor and line out to the PA from the LR Baggs Venue.

    Recently I have been thinking about upgrading to the Loudbox Artist which is 120 watt vs the mini at 60 watt. The specs other than the wattage seems to be about the same though the separation of the channels seems like it'd be better based on the EQs. The additional headroom seems like it could be nice.
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    Just for comparison, I played my Fishman mini along with someone playing thru the Mackie I referenced above and the Mackie was superior in sound quality. The Fishman was not bad, but the Mackie was much clearer and more PA sounding. I was impressed and it is battery powered if you need that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cc7 View Post
    Small, versatile, great sound, ACTUAL 50 watts RMS, and...cheap. Kustom PA-50.

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    That looks really good ... I played through one on last Friday night gig and it worked out great. I normally use my loudbox mini and I’m happy with it, but my guitar buddy has one of these and I used it to mic my mandolin, awesome sound. Had no idea they were so inexpensive.
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    Thanks for responses. Now I need to absorb and make a move.
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    Look no further then the Bose S1 Pro
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    My band uses 3 separate Roland Cube Street (not EX) speakers when we don't want to use our mixed/wired PA. This combo provides 6 individually mixed, EQ'ed and voiced channels for either mics or instruments. I also use a separate Roland Micro Cube Bass RX for the bass.

    Each Cube Street (not EX) supports two 6.5" low-power-consuming speakers rated at 5w, powered by 6AA batteries (~20 hours). They are exponentially more powerful than their wattage would indicate. They each provide 2 EQ'ed and voiced channels usable for either mic or instrument.

    This combination is much easier to transport and setup than our PA, and we use it for most of our outdoor gigs as well as for indoor gigs when a FOH is not present.
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    I'm currently (the last 4 months) using the Loudbox Mini as my only amp to keep up with a full band, drums, multiple guitars, amplified fiddle, etc. I'm set at halfway up and having no difficulty. Band is playing the same volume as before I acquired the Loudbox, so I know it's not a mirage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pops1 View Post
    Just for comparison, I played my Fishman mini along with someone playing thru the Mackie I referenced above and the Mackie was superior in sound quality. The Fishman was not bad, but the Mackie was much clearer and more PA sounding. I was impressed and it is battery powered if you need that.
    I just picked up one of these Mackie units and am very impressed. Thanks for the rec, pops!
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    I use a Fishman Artist and a Fishman Performer depending on the size of the gig. These are both great sounding amps (big brothers to the Fishman Mini). I recently discovered that they are both sensitive to a looper pedal. I ended up playing two events last week using my old Fender Acoustasonic. I couldn’t believe how heavy it felt compared to my Fishmans.

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    My main use amp for any acoustic instrument is the Bose S-1 Pro. Nothing I have tried sounds better to me. I also use and love the Kustom PA-50 depending on circumstances. Also a good honest representation of what is plugged in. The original 250 watt single channel Loudbox was great, but the current line of Fishman amps just don’t please my ear.

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    The Fishman loudbox series are great. Also look at Quilter.

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    Might look at a Marshall AS50.

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