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    U-Bassers I want to give you a heads up about a fantastic inexpensive, small portable combo - the Blackline Fly3. For $109, you get a battery operated bass combo that gets good sound and is adequate for accompanying up to about 15 acoustic uke players. It weighs about 2 pounds.

    Blackline came out with the Fly 3 guitar combo about a year ago and it is been a huge hit. They just came out with the Bass combo.

    A few things are important. They sell a kit that includes the main combo, an expansion cabinet and an AC adapter for $109. They also sell the main combo with no adapter for $69. In my view the real value is the kit and you will need the two speakers to get the good sound. The main combo is 3 amps and when the speakers are joined you get 6 amps. You also get more depth of sound with the two speakers. Just the combo itself is no better than a 3 watt vox amp.

    I find that the quality of the bass tone is comparable to the Yamaha THR 10 on the bass setting with a little more dimension and volume.

    I own or have owned just about every possible battery powered small amp option. None of them is perfect. Don't expect to rattle the foundations with this tiny amp. Don't expect to play outdoors beyond a very small circle. But within its limitations this is a fantastic amp.

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    Sherry, I read your other posts then I took your advice and just bought the rig from B&H for Saturday delivery since no one in LA has any in stock. Next Wednesday a few of us from The CC Strummers are going to play at the UCLA/Mattel Children's Hospital to which we donated 9 ukuleles. We have to be highly portable so I'm going to "wear" the rig by adding a shoulder strap and hook/loop or brackets to hold them together.




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    Sounds great Mike. I've seen pictures of the wearable rig you've been using. This might not be as loud, a few less watts and small speakers but will give more of a true bass tone.

    At the price the Fly3 is a whole lot of fun. You really can't go wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katysax View Post
    Sounds great Mike. I've seen pictures of the wearable rig you've been using. This might not be as loud, a few less watts and small speakers but will give more of a true bass tone. At the price the Fly3 is a whole lot of fun. You really can't go wrong.
    Judging from the video reviews, the Fly 3 seems to put out very well. My little 10 watt does not do a bass justice, but since I had it, I figured I'd use it. Looking forward to testing the Fly 3 Saturday.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jsmail View Post
    If anyone buys the Fly3 setup to replace a Roland Bass Cube RX ------ I will buy your Bass Cube RX. We need a couple of them.
    Fly3 does not replace the cube Rx. Totally different power output and speakers. I sold the rx because it farted too easily and the sound did not carry or cut through.

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    Whoa. I am not saying you should get a fly 3 instead of an rx. The fly3 will not wrk for that. I was using the rx in large rooms and outdoors where I could not put it against a wall. The Phil jones double 4 does the job that the rx could not. If the rx works for you, then great.

    However I was trying to make clear for others who are reading that the fly 3 is not a substitute for the rx. The fly 3 is what it is. But it is for practice alone or with a few acoustic players in a small space.

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    I'm planning to use the Fly 3 to hang on me for the very small space hospital room gigs that we will do from time to time. I also have a Double Four with battery to use in small venues, and for big places, a Carvin MB15 200 watt combo to which I add a Carvin 115MBE cabinet for 250 w, running on a very compact and reasonably light powerful (and expensive) 25wH lithium battery with 500 watt inverter for large outdoor gigs that can also power a 4 mic wireless system and 6 channel mini mixer.


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    • Donate to The Ukulele Kids Club, they provide ukuleles to children's hospital music therapy programs. http://www.theukc.org
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsmail View Post
    ...Now Duracell makes a solid one for $150. With it also comes a air compressor, jumper cables, built in large flashlights......
    Might you please share the model number of this kit or a link to it somewhere? I am interested in this as well.

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    B&H screwed up the order, I didn't receive the amp today. Have to call them in the morning.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    B&H screwed up the order, I didn't receive the amp today. Have to call them in the morning
    Mike, sorry to hear that.

    B&H is usually really good when I have ordered from them in the past. I can select ground shipping and usually get items to my house in 2 business days to NJ from NYC.
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