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Kiwiohana
11-07-2015, 06:35 AM
So, I have my first pickup-fitted ukulele on it's way to me as I type!

I have been thinking about getting a small amp, just to play around with. This would just be for home use, and maybe small venue on the very odd occasion that I am brave enough to play in public! I'm also toying with getting a looping pedal so I can experiment with a couple of different tracks simultaneously.

So, anyone got any recommendations? I don't want to spend a fortune. I was looking at something like the Marshall MG15CFR?

http://www.rockshop.co.nz/shop/guitars/amplifiers/marshall-mg15cfr-15w-combo-amp-with-analog-reverb.html

Or possibly this Fender Acoustasonic 15:

http://www.rockshop.co.nz/shop/guitars/amplifiers/fender-acoustasonic-15-15w-acoustic-guitar-amp-w-mic-input.html

Landshark
11-07-2015, 06:55 AM
I know it is a little more money but the Roland AC33 is a great uke amp, that sounds great and has the added benefit of running on batteries as well as ac

Bob-in-Alberta
11-07-2015, 07:12 AM
I just picked up a Roland Microcube amp. AC or batteries and quite portable. I haven't played around with it much as of yet but it looks pretty good.

sam13
11-07-2015, 07:15 AM
I am considering the Fishman Loudbox Mini or Artist ... leaning towards the Artist.

Kayak Jim
11-07-2015, 07:47 AM
There are TONS of threads on amp recommendations. "Amp" is too short to search by, but search for "Roland" (or "Fishman") to pick up most or all of these threads.

WhenDogsSing
11-07-2015, 08:09 AM
I am considering the Fishman Loudbox Mini or Artist ... leaning towards the Artist.

These are great acoustic amps.

DownUpDave
11-07-2015, 08:21 AM
I am considering the Fishman Loudbox Mini or Artist ... leaning towards the Artist.

Simon beat me to the recommendation. I have the Fishman Loud box mini and it is awesome. Simon has play through mine and really likes it. That's why he can't make up his mind about which one to pick.

Unlike the site you listed they arent $800, they are closer to $350.

Kiwiohana
11-07-2015, 08:25 AM
Thanks all. That Fishman sounds really nice. Dave, that site is New Zealand dollars - by the time I pay shipping and local taxes etc, that CA$350 will turn in to around NZ$650-700..... the US$1,000 Pono uke I just bought will be around $NZ2,000.

Might have to reconsider my budget, or just get something cheaper for now until I see how much I actually use it.....

Kiwiohana
11-07-2015, 08:33 AM
Can someone with a Fishman let me know what the power input is like? Is it switchable between voltages? What format is the socket on the back (if indeed it has a socket)

We have 240V AC power down here, and I am trying to work out if I bought one offshore and shipped it, whether I could switch over from 110V and use a new cord or an adapter.

I haven't managed to see any pictures of the back anywhere, or find anything in the specs about the power requirements.

Ta!

AussieUku
11-07-2015, 08:49 AM
I just bought a Vox mini5 rhythm amp and could not be happier, these are a top little amp very powerful for there size with many features inbuilt in the amp.

SoloRule
11-07-2015, 10:18 AM
Thanks all. That Fishman sounds really nice. Dave, that site is New Zealand dollars - by the time I pay shipping and local taxes etc, that CA$350 will turn in to around NZ$650-700..... the US$1,000 Pono uke I just bought will be around $NZ2,000.

Might have to reconsider my budget, or just get something cheaper for now until I see how much I actually use it.....

We understand your pain. Our dollars is pretty bad too. Every time I see something good it's always in U.S.$$ that means we are out of luck again !! :-(

Camsuke
11-07-2015, 10:28 AM
I have used one of these Yamaha THR 5A amps for the last couple of years. They are an acoustic amp with many nice features and will not break the bank.


http://youtu.be/yxSUr2RPkgA

Kiwiohana
11-07-2015, 11:04 AM
I have used one of these Yamaha THR 5A amps for the last couple of years.

Thanks Campbell, I'm definitely checking that one out - that's a lovely sounding little amp.

And thanks for the second hand suggestion Bill, that's a great idea.

pritch
11-07-2015, 12:00 PM
I bought a Yamaha THR 10c from MusicWorks. I also have here a Roland Cube from the Rockshop. Neither are specifically ukulele amps but they work fine with the only uke with a pickup that I have. MusicWorks currently have some of the Yamahas on special, $50.00 off.

Dearman
11-07-2015, 03:01 PM
I have a vox DA5. Sounds good, battery or AC, a good assortment of effects and amp models. Has a line out if you ever want to pipe to a PA. It's the older model so you may find one used on eBay or reverb. There are a lot of fans of the microcube on the board as well.

Strumdaddy
11-07-2015, 04:08 PM
Which-ever amp you go for, I'd recommend one made for amplifying acoustic instruments.
I use a Roland AC33 that works really well - much better than the VoxDA5 that I have (in my opinion).
Most small amps were designed for amplifying electric guitars; you can get a loud sound out of them, but it's easier to get a full,
(more) natural ukulele sound out of an amp designed for it.
The Fishman amps are wonderful ( but a bit x-ier than you may desire ) Check out 2nd-hand Roland accoustic amps - there may be a few floating around NZ

vcs700s
11-07-2015, 04:13 PM
I am considering the Fishman Loudbox Mini or Artist ... leaning towards the Artist.

I have the Mini. I highly recommend it.

Phluffy the Destroyer
11-07-2015, 10:03 PM
I have a Honey Tone amp (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0hVDuiRdfE). It's small (comes with a belt clip) and operates on a 9 volt battery. I just bought the thing last month and haven't used it yet. At the moment all my ukes are acoustic, but I'm looking for a decent electric in 2016.

Picker Jon
11-07-2015, 11:07 PM
Another vote for the Yamaha THR5A. An acoustic practice amp, so great for home use, with nice built-in effects and aux input for rhythm and backing tracks.

I use mine for playing sessions at the pub where it's easily loud enough to make my finger style uke heard and gets very good comments about how good it sounds with the uke.

http://i68.tinypic.com/bezsbn.jpg

Hms
11-08-2015, 12:31 AM
Roland AC33 for me.
No one seems to have mentioned that it has a looper function built in. (45 seconds iirc, operable by switch or additional external pedal.
Output on battery drops to 10 watts from 15 when on mains.
As previously stated get an accoustic amp, not a guitar or practice amp.
H

Tootler
11-08-2015, 11:58 AM
Everyone has their own favourite. Usually the one they own. All the ones suggested above are good, it's a matter of finding a shop with a wide selection and trying some out.



As previously stated get an accoustic amp, not a guitar or practice amp.
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I've come across this argument before and I don't really agree with it. It's a matter of what you want to do with your amp.

If you want to modify the sound of your uke using effects, then a guitar amp is a good choice as they are designed for that and without doubt it's great fun.

If you want a good clean sound, then an acoustic amp is the way to go. Given that you can get pretty decent amps for fairly modest sums of money, there's no reason why you can't have both.

I have a Vox mini5 which is a great little amp and has a good range of built in effects and is good for varying the sound.

I also have a Samson Expedition XP106. It's a reasonably powerful acoustic amp with a built in rechargeable battery and a good claimed battery life between charges. In some ways it's pretty basic. all the inputs have their own volume control but there's no effects, not even EQ but the tone is good and I use an acoustic preamp which has basic tone controls to the line in socket for my uke or just use a single condenser mic with an acoustic uke to pick up both voice and uke. It's spot on for a small venue such as a village or church hall.

Landshark
11-08-2015, 03:37 PM
I just bought a Fender Acoustic SFX a bit more than the budget here but a very interesting amp with a Uke

Kiwiohana
11-08-2015, 07:41 PM
You should pay attention to the type of pick up you are using, eg coil or piezo, because you need to make sure it will drive your new amp.
I just looked at the local classifieds under guitar amps and effects. In the relatively small and isolated city of Perth there are 270 items listed for sale. As I said before, check the classifieds before you pay full retail for an amp or effect, there is always a lot of stuff in good condition available at a low price.

Yeah......where I live there are 4 listed! :rolleyes:

But your point is well made, I will certainly look at the used market - it just might be a little further afield!

Thanks everyone for the great advice.

Ukuleleblues
11-11-2015, 12:06 PM
Powerwerks/Kustom PW series 50, 100, 150. Line in, phantom power, some have battery and effects. Can use dynamic mics or condenser mics. can use 2 line and 2 xlr inputs at the same time. Can daisy chain together multiples. Sound good versatile and inexpensive 99-300

https://www.kustom.com/index.php/pa-systems.html?cat=54

There is a thread here about the pw50

hollisdwyer
11-11-2015, 01:50 PM
I have used one of these Yamaha THR 5A amps for the last couple of years. They are an acoustic amp with many nice features and will not break the bank.


http://youtu.be/yxSUr2RPkgA

When I purchased my Amp I had the same requirements as you stated. I really didn't want to spend too much, just wanted to mess around at home and maybe on location somewhere. A amp that was specifically designed for acoustic instruments was top priority. The ability to also operate on batteries was a 'nice to have'. I ended up with the Yamaha THR5A also. Instead of various amp modeling choices it gives you different microphone emulation. I really like this feature. I don't tend to go crazy on the EFX as I just want to slightly sweeten the natural sound of my Ukes. BTW, I have MiSI PU's in most of my Ukes. Even with the depreciation of the Oz and NZ$ yoiu should be able to get a new one for under $300, less if second hand.

strumsilly
11-11-2015, 02:08 PM
I have the Mini. I highly recommend it.
me too,I love the fishman, got mine for abut $260 new. but the Kustom pa-50 I bought new off Musiciand friend only cost $99 shipped, 3 channels and 50 clean watts. If you don't need any effects like the mini [chorus/reverb] it sounds great. a litttle light on the bass, but ukes don't have much anyway.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/kustom-pa-pa50-personal-pa-system?rNtt=kustom%20pa&index=3

deschutestrout
11-11-2015, 02:18 PM
Can someone with a Fishman let me know what the power input is like? Is it switchable between voltages? What format is the socket on the back (if indeed it has a socket)

We have 240V AC power down here, and I am trying to work out if I bought one offshore and shipped it, whether I could switch over from 110V and use a new cord or an adapter.

I haven't managed to see any pictures of the back anywhere, or find anything in the specs about the power requirements.

Ta!

I have a Fishman and absolutely love it. I'd contact Fishman ... I had an issue once and their customer service is awesome. They'll give you the answer you need.

hollisdwyer
11-12-2015, 04:59 PM
According to the Q&A on Amazon, it looks like the North American sourced Fishman Mini's are only 100-120V.

As I see them advertised locally I guess only the 'export model' is set for 240V.


Can someone with a Fishman let me know what the power input is like? Is it switchable between voltages? What format is the socket on the back (if indeed it has a socket)

We have 240V AC power down here, and I am trying to work out if I bought one offshore and shipped it, whether I could switch over from 110V and use a new cord or an adapter.

I haven't managed to see any pictures of the back anywhere, or find anything in the specs about the power requirements.

Ta!

molokinirum
11-16-2015, 08:47 AM
I have a fishman loudbox mini.....great amp!!!

Ukulelerick9255
11-16-2015, 08:57 AM
I bought a PA system not an amp and it sounds amazing it's the Fishman SA-250 it's a single unit like Bose so it's easy to transport and set up....2 minutes....beats an amp any day and has 2 instrument and 2 mic inputs plus inputs on back for laptop or iPad etc