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09-10-2014, 04:36 AM
Hey Everyone,

I have Pro Classic Pono Tenors with a Passive Pono pick up in them. I might consider an electric Pono solid body next year ...

What kind of speakers, amps, pre-amps are people using for acoustic Tenors with pick ups installed?

I am looking to play jazz standards with my Trio/Quartet.

I did this gig about 5 years ago:


Would like to take a few songs with my Tenor and use an amp ... might even need the amp as a monitor and then put my uke through the system and use the FOH speakers.


Brad Bordessa
09-10-2014, 08:42 AM
I recently got a Mackie 1220 mixer and two QSC K10 powered speakers. Best sounding small PA I've ever played through. I'll probably add another speaker for a monitor one of these days.

Sidenote: you can run the QSC independently from a mixer. Since my AC-90 burnt out, I'll be using just a single K10 whenever I need an "amp" instead of a full PA. Plus, integrating is always an option.

I run my LR Baggs Five-O equipped Moore Bettah straight into the board. Getting active pickups (MISI, Baggs) is one of the best things I've done for my gear over the years. So much less to worry about. Could it sound better with a preamp? Probably. But you don't need one to get a great sound.

09-10-2014, 09:39 AM
Brad's system is about as nice and clean as you'll find. The QSC K10's and K12's have a huge amount of headroom.

Since your pickups are passive and you are also a vocalist:

LR Baggs Venue:



QSC K10:



Shure SM58 microphone:



Live Wire (lifetime replacement) 25' microphone cable:



Microphone stand:



Speaker Stand:



Total $299 +$699 +$99 + $15.29 +$44.99 + $169.99 = 1,326.97 + Tax

09-10-2014, 09:55 AM
Budget pro system:

Kustom PA50:



Behringer ADI21:



Digital Reference DRV100 microphone:



Live Wire (lifetime replacement) 25' microphone cable:



Microphone stand:



Speaker Stand:



Total - $99 + $29.99 + $49 + $15.29 + $13.99 + $39.99 = $247.46 + Tax

09-10-2014, 10:05 AM
Battery or AC powered system:

Roland AC-33:



LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI:



Shure SM-58 microphone:



Live Wire (lifetime replacement) 25' microphone cable:



Microphone stand:



Total - $399 + $169 + $99 + $15.29 +$44.99 = $727.28 + Tax

Dan Uke
09-10-2014, 10:39 AM
Adding to the the portable system, I'm in the process of getting a battery operated mixer by Kamesan.

09-10-2014, 11:15 AM
Behringer makes an affordable battery powered mixer:


09-10-2014, 11:47 AM
I have a Pono AC with a passive K & K pickup and use a gigpro http://www.lrbaggs.com/preamps/gigpro-mixpro-acoustic-preamp I like the clip on feature. The controls are always near you.

09-10-2014, 04:42 PM
Thanks everyone for your tremendous thoughtful, and detailed responses. I really appreciate it.

09-10-2014, 09:13 PM
Hi !

I use analysis plus yellow oval cable to plug into Baggs Venue DI and then Roland AC-33 if I have to use battery power or Fishman Loudbox Mini if I need bigger sound. If it's a big or loud venue I go from my amp to the PA (then the amp serves as my local speaker). This setup works great with all my instruments with different pickups. Lately, I use a lot my Godin multiuke, and with this uke the Venue DI is redundant - I plug it straight to the amp.

09-11-2014, 05:08 AM
Also have a Pono Pro Classic tenor I picked up in a recent trade, but no electronics installed. Am considering adding a pickup/preamp to it. Also open to suggestions. Have a Fishman Isys+ on a Lanikai tenor and find it to be okay - it's my only experience with a "wired" tenor and am open to other ideas. Do not plan to be amped very often, but having the potential seems prudent.

09-12-2014, 11:52 AM
I use Focusrite 2i2 (brilliant interface with top class preamps and phantom power) Orange tube amp, Yamaha HS7 active monitors on stands and Ableton Live DAW. T-bone SCT800 tube mic. Sounds rich and smooth for jazz etc. and not very expensive.
Best of luck
P.s. Try to listen to speakers etc before you buy can be a revelation.

09-12-2014, 02:46 PM
25' Live Wire EXM microphone cables are on sale for $15 bucks. You'll have to show them this link. They did not believe me until I showed them http://m.guitarcenter.com/Live-Wire-Advantage-Standard-EXM-Series-Microphone-Cable-100022980-i1165503.gc#/user-video