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    Hello All (),

    I need some help making a decision. I am playing in a Mardi Gras parade and if you've ever been to one, you will understand the necessity for an electric uke. I am deciding between a RISA and an Eleuke (both concert). I looked at a Konablaster, but have only found sopranos. Though I've narrowed in on the two above selections, I am open to suggestions.

    Couple questions:

    1) I've read elsewhere that the RISA has a low G tuning which isn't classic uke sound. If I'm not mistaken, the Eleuke has a high G. With all of my practice thus far on a Kamaka, does anyone know which I'll prefer???

    2) Amp: I'm looking at a Honeytone N-10 (mainly because it's battery operated). Any other suggestions???


    Sample music being played: Chinatown, St. James Infirmary, our version of the Mardi Gras Mambo, and I'll Take What I Can Get. (Thought this might affect the decision between RISA and Eleuke.)

    THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!!!!!

    Allison

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    What's your budget?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FANaddic(t) View Post
    Hello All (),


    Couple questions:

    1) I've read elsewhere that the RISA has a low G tuning which isn't classic uke sound. If I'm not mistaken, the Eleuke has a high G. With all of my practice thus far on a Kamaka, does anyone know which I'll prefer???


    You can string either of them low or high g.

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    Which Risa electric are you looking at? They have at least three, I believe.

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    I have an eleuke...they rock! Great action, nice sound. BTW you might want to look at a Roland though. Honeytones are fun to mess around with, but not too loud.

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    Budget: up to 500 for the electric uke. Would consider spending a couple hundred more, as this band is going to keep playing, eventually performing...if we survive Mardi Gras!

    RISA: looking at the instrument formerly known as the uke stick. My main reason for checking this one out is the light weight. But again, I'm up for suggestions.

    I couldn't find a 'Roland' online...not familiar with this brand. Do you have any other suggestions for a battery operated amp???

    Thank Y'all So Much!

    Allison

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    Quote Originally Posted by FANaddic(t) View Post
    Budget: up to 500 for the electric uke. Would consider spending a couple hundred more, as this band is going to keep playing, eventually performing...if we survive Mardi Gras!

    RISA: looking at the instrument formerly known as the uke stick. My main reason for checking this one out is the light weight. But again, I'm up for suggestions.

    I couldn't find a 'Roland' online...not familiar with this brand. Do you have any other suggestions for a battery operated amp???

    Thank Y'all So Much!

    Allison
    Roland Microcube

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    Quote Originally Posted by SinisterDom View Post
    Um...can I say AWESOME! Thank You. WaYYYY Better.

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    Get a Vox DA5, Allison. Not only does it have twice the power and a larger speaker than the Roland Microcube, it also has a separate microphone input on the back and a separate microphone volume control. You can plug three things into it at once. A ukulele or guitar into the instrument, a microphone into the microphone input and an MPR or CD player into the Aux input. I own over 5 dozen guitar, bass and keyboard amps for different applications. See my review of battery powered amps here:

    http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/fo...hlight=battery

    I also have a Carvin battery powered P.A. system that will run at 100 watts for 6 hours on a single charge. Ric

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    As for the Electric Ukulele, you can restring them with either high or low G. If your kamaka is straight from the factory, it probably has a high G, so you'd probably be more used to that. I personally like the shape of the Bugsgear uke better than the Risa. But have you looked into acoustic/electric ukes? I can reccomend the Applause UAE-148, which is their tenor with active pickup, which is in your budget, and is a pretty good uke, IMO.

    Definitely would reccomend the Vox DA5 or Roland Microcube for battery powered amplication. Although I don't have much time on either (still looking to pick one up on Craigslist on the cheap) my experiences with them, expecially with the Vox unit have been very good.

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