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    We discovered an issue last night during open mic. We could not run the band's UBass through the mixer provided. The UBass has a pickup, but not a pre-amp. Is it possible/feasible to install a pre-amp, and which one would you use?
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    There are lots of pre-amps available, but not having a bass, I'm not sure if the one I own would be suitable, Behringer ADI21, cost about 30, so not too expensive.
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    I have an MXR Bass Preamp pedal

    https://www.jimdunlop.com/product/m8...137-07277-0.do

    A bit expensive, but has a lovely sound, very versatile, wouldn't leave the house without it :-)
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    The early Ubasses use a piezo pickup so it needs a preamp. My Chennell arch top bass is the same way. I actually prefer a piezo on a uke bass as it sounds more like a standup bass to me. I use a LR Baggs preamp.

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    Thanks guys, for your reply. We will try to apply some of these solutions and see what we can do that is cost effective.
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    Check out this thread...assuming the same preamps work for regular ukes as for bass.
    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...ps-need-preamp
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    Quote Originally Posted by UkerDanno View Post
    Check out this thread...assuming the same preamps work for regular ukes as for bass.
    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...ps-need-preamp
    Thanks, this makes sense....
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    If budget is a consideration, if anyone in the band has pedals (ideally if a bassist has bass pedals) pretty much any of them that have a gain control boost contains a preamp, and you *may* find that this is quite sufficient. I've used several bass pedals, mostly a SansAmp BassDriver or a Zoom B1Xon, to serve as preamp for the passive pickup in my UBass and both did the trick fine. These two are very different animals and cost something like $175 and $60, and both worked well enough for preamping the Kala.

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    These are made specifically for basses...
    https://sites.google.com/site/hpftechllc/home/hpf-pre
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    UBass: Kala Rumbler - Pahoehoe

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