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Thread: Amp suggestions other than Fishman Loudbox Mini

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    Default Amp suggestions other than Fishman Loudbox Mini

    All I ever hear is that the Fishman Loudbox Mini is the only and best choice for a uke amplifier in that price range.

    Are there any more options out there in the $300-$400 range, and if so, how are they different than the Loud Box Mini?
    Soprano: KoAloha Opio Acacia
    Tenors: KoAloha KTM-00, aNueNue UT200 Moon Bird, Pono MGTP5-PC
    Baritone+: Pono UL4-30

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    Feb 2019


    I briefly owned the Fishman Loudbox Mini and hated it: quacky and unnatural to my ears and not enough controls to dial in a nice tone. I suspect the Mini is optimized for steel-string tone and just didn't render nylon string tone worth a dad burn darn. I could force a decent sound out of it by using a Fishman Aura Spectrum D.I. but sheesh. I much preferred the Genz Benz Shenandoah SHEN-CPK-8T I replaced it with and the Roland AC60. Yes, both amps cost a couple Benjamins more but sounded so much better straight into the amp and really didn't need the Spectrum D.I. to sound good. I don't own the less expensive Roland AC33 but I hear it sounds great if you didn't need a lot of volume.

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    May 2017
    Confluence of the Mississippi and Rum Rivers


    When I was looking it was Fishman and Roland and ZTLunchbox Acoustic and Yamaha.

    I did end up with a Fishman, the Roland AC33 was a close second.

    I guess I would ask what is your end purpose as well? Do you need the power for large venue's? Or is this for home? Small venues? Portability?
    Last edited by mjh42; 11-10-2019 at 04:52 AM.

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    Roland AC 33
    Great amp
    Have had the Roland 60
    Fishman loudbox
    Also have a AER 50 for bigger venues
    Can’t beat the AC33 for an acoustic instrument

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    Nov 2015
    Upper Hale, Surrey/Hants border, UK.


    Not sure if it fits your usage, but I have a Roland Micro Cube.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Oct 2012
    Queanbeyan, NSW Australia.


    You should checkout a Roland AC-33 if battery power is going to be important to you but if you don't need battery power check out the Roland AC-40. The AC-40 is cheaper without the battery pack yet has larger speakers than the AC-33.

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    Feb 2017


    For my ukulele, tenor guitar, and cigar box guitar, I use a Blackstar 75 with a Fat Fuzz Factory pedal. It serves all my electrical needs. I have never had the volume past 2.

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    Aug 2017


    I recently bought a Roland AC-33. The Fishman was my other choice, and I'm glad I went with the Roland. Plenty of volume for the room sizes that I play in. Very portable, and the ability to run off batteries or plugged-in is great. Lots of features, including a looper.
    My ukulele family.....
    KoAloha Koa concert - circa 2006
    aNueNue Moon Bird concert - Spruce & Rosewood - 2018
    Blackbird Clara - 2019
    Cocobolo concert - 2019

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    Oct 2015
    Near Lake Okeechobee, Florida


    Marshall AS50D. 2 channels, vocal & instrument. I've got one in pretty good shape I may be willing to sell for less than $300 (mostly use my Quilter these days).
    "Who hears music, feels his solitude Peopled at once -- for how count heart-beats plain / Unless a company, with hearts which beat, / Come close to the musician, seen or no?" - Robert Browning, "Balaustion's Adventure"

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    Join Date
    Feb 2019


    Vox VX50GU amp 50W great tone, small size and even nuvalve tech onboard.

    Add a Zoom G1X Four pedal unit for effects and you are good to go well within budget.
    From the UK with a bad case of MIAS.
    Korg PA700, Korg Kross 2, Gibson LP, Fender Jazz Bass,
    + Amps, PA, Boss GT100, mixer.
    Ukes - Kala KA-TEME and Risa ST electric solid body.
    Uke wish list, a Bass, make and model yet to be determined

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