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    Saw these for sale online for $150. anybody have one or played one. I think these are tuned an octave up, like a guitar. I've asked the seller. My uke group is short on bassists, so I bought an Ibanez Mikro. I put some tapewound strings on and for the price, I think it's way ahead of most uke basses. a friend has a timber and those are nice, but pricey. I'd still like to get a bass that's more portable and back friendly but I like the mikro so I'm in no hurry. i need to find a lighter amp, my current one is a crate BX 50 I took on trade many moons ago, it's over 40 pounds! boy do those Double fours look sweet at under 10 pounds. Also looking at the GK MB 110. I would be playing with my uke group and these amps probably would work for inside gigs, but I know you need some power outdoors. I've had Kalas and a haeden, but never bonded with the strings. Love these Diadario tapewounds so it would be nice to have steel core strings.
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    I will only play 21 to 24 inch scale bass, so a couple of years ago I bought a SmallGuitars.com 1/2 size 24" scale mini P-bass on which I put steel flatwound LaBella 25" they make for Gold Tone, it's very compact and really nice, of the 25 basses I have, it's my favorite. I also have a few Rondo Hadean solid body bass ukes that I changed the poly strings to the La Bellas, in humid weather they're better than the poly strings.

    I replaced my Crate Limo 50w amp with a Double Four, I recommend that amp without hesitation, especially with the added battery. I use it for rehearsals with my 35 person uke group in a large multipurpose room. Save up and buy it.


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    [QUOTE=kohanmike;2163694]I will only play 21 to 24 inch scale bass, so a couple of years ago I bought a SmallGuitars.com 1/2 size 24" scale mini P-bass on which I put steel flatwound LaBella 25" they make for Gold Tone, it's very compact and really nice, of the 25 basses I have, it's my favorite. I also have a few Rondo Hadean solid body bass ukes that I changed the poly strings to the La Bellas, in humid weather they're better than the poly strings.

    I replaced my Crate Limo 50w amp with a Double Four, I recommend that amp without hesitation, especially with the added battery. I use it for rehearsals with my 35 person uke group in a large multipurpose room. Save up and buy it.

    yes, I'm thinking double 4 too. what battery did you get? and that smallguitar bass wasn't on my radar,I'll check it out. thanks again.
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    update, they are tuned up an octave from std bass
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    Quote Originally Posted by strumsilly View Post
    Yes, I'm thinking double 4 too. what battery did you get? and that smallguitar bass wasn't on my radar, I'll check it out. thanks again.
    I bought the one recommended by Phil Jones when I bought 4 years ago, the Lenmar PowerPort PP916RS, but it's not available anymore. Specs are 5500mAh/11.1V, input 15-23V, 2.5-4A max., output 5.35V/16V/19V. I also tried a higher capacity battery, but it had a circuit in it that shut down the battery when it hit peaks, no bueno. I don't see a current recommendation on their web site, I just emailed to find out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    I bought the one recommended by Phil Jones when I bought 4 years ago, the Lenmar PowerPort PP916RS, but it's not available anymore. Specs are 5500mAh/11.1V, input 15-23V, 2.5-4A max., output 5.35V/16V/19V. I also tried a higher capacity battery, but it had a circuit in it that shut down the battery when it hit peaks, no bueno. I don't see a current recommendation on their web site, I just emailed to find out.


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    this one is PPU916RS one of the reviewers even mentions he uses it for the PJB.I ordered one, and the amp. thanks; https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenmar-Univ...2be7%7Ciid%3A1
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    Good find, I just ordered one since mine is over 4 years old and I want to be ready if it dies. Jumped the gun a little for an answer from Phil Jones. Thanks very much, and Happy 4th.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    I will only play 21 to 24 inch scale bass, so a couple of years ago I bought a SmallGuitars.com 1/2 size 24" scale mini P-bass on which I put steel flatwound LaBella 25" they make for Gold Tone, it's very compact and really nice, of the 25 basses I have, it's my favorite.
    Why that scale in particular?
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    Quote Originally Posted by maki66 View Post
    Why that scale in particular?
    I played rhythm guitar for almost 50 years and was often told I should play bass because I had good rhythm and feel, but I didn't like the cumbersomeness of a large electric bass, forget a giant standup bass. Then 5 years ago the leader of my uke group asked if anyone would like to take up the bass to fill in our sound, I discovered the U-bass and other small basses and went for it. Having a very strong case of gear acquisition syndrome, I'm now up to 25.


    This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly West near the Beverly Center
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    Strumsilly,
    You're learning to play bass? Fabulous!
    Or have you played bass before?

    I'd steer clear of Luna ukes. I Don't know anything about their guitars, but my experience with Luna was dismal. They care about looks, not playability, and have been known to sell things with warped necks, etc.

    I think I'd choose the lightest weighing amp you can find! Lugging weight is no fun.
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