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    If I were buying today I would get the new Bose S1.
    A few years ago I found a used L1 at a great price.
    I have a Crate Limo when I need battery, but if it dies, it a S1 for me.
    If you want a could sound you need a good amp.
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    There's the Honeytone Mini amp for like 25 USD at music and arts, probably even cheaper somewhere else, it's probably not what you're looking for, but for the size, cost and general apparent quality, it's actually much better than you'd expect. It can't handle much bass, but it's ukulele, so there isn't much bass anyhow. You probably don't want to buy this since you sound serious, but for a little kid or even someone who isn't super picky about sound quality from the amp, it's a reasonable buy. It can clip onto your waist and run off of batteries or an ac adapter, so it's definitely interesting.
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    You didn't say what kind of pick-ups you have in your ukes. If they are piezos then they mainly pick up the sound of the strings rather than the sound of the wood. The best amp in the world won't make a piezo-based pickup sound like its coming from a high-end instrument.

    I'm not saying that you should use a junk amp. Get a good one, if you can afford it. But save some money to buy a good mike & mike stand -- mic'd is the best way to get your Kamaka to amp-up like it really IS a Kamaka.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bellgamin View Post
    You didn't say what kind of pick-ups you have in your ukes. If they are piezos then they mainly pick up the sound of the strings rather than the sound of the wood. The best amp in the world won't make a piezo-based pickup sound like its coming from a high-end instrument.

    I'm not saying that you should use a junk amp. Get a good one, if you can afford it. But save some money to buy a good mike & mike stand -- mic'd is the best way to get your Kamaka to amp-up like it really IS a Kamaka.
    You and I are friends but I am gonna have to call you out on the piezo bashing. LR Baggs 5.0 are piezo and Andrew at HMS as well as a number of experts with a lot of experience consider this about the best pick up on the market. I own 5 ukes with LR Baggs 5.0 pick ups, all high end customs and they sound great. Misi is another highly regarded piezo pick up, I own two high end customs with Misi and they sound great.

    They do require some E100 but so do every other pick up on the market. I can do that with the tone controls on my amp or a DI pre amp box. None sound like a mic, that I agree 100%.
    Last edited by DownUpDave; 01-18-2019 at 12:34 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    You and I are friends but I am gonna have to call you out on the piezo bashing. LR Baggs 5.0 are piezo and Andrew at HMS as well as a number of experts with a lot of experience consider this about the best pick up on the market. I own 5 ukes with LR Baggs 5.0 pick ups, all high end customs and they sound great. Misi is another highly regarded piezo pick up, I own two high end customs with Misi and they sound great.

    They do require some E100 but so do every other pick up on the market. I can do that with the tone controls on my amp or a DI pre amp box. None sound like a mic, that I agree 100%.
    Hola compadre ----- All I know is what I have been taught by guitar players -- all of whom do gigs for a living. I also have learned a lot from acousticguitarforum.com. Except for Hawaii, pro guitarists far out-number pro-ukers.

    Piezo pickup systems (which fit under the bridge) convert vibration induced pressure into electrical currents. The under-saddle piezo on a guitar is necessarily small. This is even more true for a uke. The under-saddle piezo is driven ~90% by string vibrations and ~10% by the topwood pressure. Thus, they may sound good & gooder, as technology advances, but they still do not sound closely to what a real acoustic instrument sounds like in a room. Mic'd comes waaay closer to actual faithful reproduction of an acoustic instrument's true, woody sound.

    That is the reason why the latest technology is more & more seeking either to supplement piezos with internal mic's, or totally replace them with internal or contact mic's. The latest mic-based ones have almost totally eliminated the feedback issue.

    The following are comparisons between piezo VS mic's AND comparisons between piezos & newer pickups that are either mic-based internal or contact mic's. . . .

    Mic vs Pickup: Ukulele Tech Talk

    MICROPHONE vs PICKUP (AKG 414b XLII vs LR Baggs M1 Active)

    Pickup & Mic Comparison - K&K, L.R. Baggs, iSolo, Fishman -- IMO, iSolo wireless Mic wins!

    2 mic-based pickups. Baggs wins IMO

    Pickup vs. Mic = What sounds better?
    Last edited by bellgamin; 01-19-2019 at 12:01 AM.

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    Hey Bellgamin, I know exactly what you are saying about piezo pick ups. Ukes seems to be a bit different and the piezo is not as "artificial" sounding because of the nylon strings compared to a steel string guitar. At least that is what I have found, EQing with a DI box helps a lot as with any pick up system.

    It boils down to your intended use, I do open mics so plug and play with decent sound is what I am after. I am not looking for the absolute best recording studio grade sound. I have an iRig Stage clip on mic and a Myer Featherlite sound hole mic. Both sound great but both give me feedback problems on stage so are eliminated for live performances. No doubt about it, an internal mic/ combo type picks like the Baggs Anthem is amazing but nothing yet for ukes on that level that I am aware of.

    Thanks for all the attached sound sample, I enjoyed them. Best of luck on your quest, keep me update bra
    Last edited by DownUpDave; 01-19-2019 at 03:59 AM.
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    Both tenors have active pickups. I only want the amp for home use. When I do play in public I play through a pa system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    ... I have an iRig Stage clip on mic and a Myer Featherlite sound hole mic. Both sound great but both give me feedback problems on stage so are eliminated for live performances. No doubt about it, an internal mic/ combo type picks like the Baggs Anthem is amazing but nothing yet for ukes on that level that I am aware of.
    @ DownUpDave -- I plan to try the iSolo clip on mic in a few weeks -- I have overspent my uke budget for this month. I have an oversized Pono barry that *might* handle the Baggs Anthem. I'm going to email the Baggs folks to ask them about the smallest body where that pickup is feasible.

    @peanuts56 -- For at-home, you could also consider using headphones.

    You could also take your amp question to the Acoustic Guitar Forum's Acoustic Amplification section. Lots of info there from players as well as as some sound techs. What works well for a guitar also works well for a uke.

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    The new aNueNue Air Air pickup with mic & piezo has gotten great reviews and recommendations from users.

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    Pickup vs mic, it just depends on what you are doing. I do both. If I'm doing a coffee shop gig where I want to be all James Taylor acoustic about what I'm doing, then a mic is the thing. If I'm at the farmer's market or some street festival trying to get some attention, a pickup and a couple of effects pedals is more to my liking. So I don't think someone can tell someone else one is better than the other without know what that person wants to do with it. I'll say that I mic it more often than not, but that's just because I play more venues that using a mic is more effective. I'll still don't have a problem plugging in if it is warranted.
    Last edited by Rllink; 01-20-2019 at 04:39 AM.
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