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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcy View Post
    Which Micro Bass are you asking about? It's a whole line not just one product. The Roland Micro Cube Bass RX is the amp I've seen most being hauled around by U-Bassers. It's a bit big and bulky to carry (I've seen a lot of carts toting them) but runs on batteries once you're there. There's more than enough boom for a decent sized group.

    On the smaller & cheaper side, the Blackstar Fly 3 Bass Pack is pretty good. I have the combo pack with two wee little cabinets. Very portable (fits easily in a small backpack) and runs on batteries. It's fine for small groups. I can get more volume than I want, but with 3" speakers it can only produce so much boom. IIRC, kohanmike has a pair of these on a strap that he wears when playing the wandering minstrel.

    The king of portables is probably the Phil Jones Double Four. I only know it by reputation. I've never heard one. It's small and portable. It doesn't run off of internal batteries, but it can be powered by an external laptop battery. I think Mike has one of these too.
    Arcy, thanks, I will find out. I'm seeing a friend who has one tomorrow.
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    Thoughts on a Fender Rumble 40 versus the previous mentioned amps? Seems to run in the same price range or less?
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    Quote Originally Posted by colemole View Post
    Thoughts on a Fender Rumble 40 versus the previous mentioned amps? Seems to run in the same price range or less?
    Good amp, but not in the readily portable category. It's much bigger and heavier than the Micro Cube Bass (which is already on the large side of portable), and the Rumble doesn't run on batteries. You'll get better sound per dollar out of it (size matters), but I wouldn't want to carry it very far.

    I'd cross-shop the Fender with the Orange Crush mentioned here (also not a portable), but not with the Micro Cube, Vox, Blackstar, or Phil Joneses. I'd leave the Fender for practice at home or if I needed to compete with louder instruments than ukes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colemole View Post
    Any advise on the rechargeable PigNose Bass Amp???
    The other bass player in my group had one, but it didn't sound very good, so he got rid of it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Arcy View Post
    Which Micro Bass are you asking about? It's a whole line not just one product. The Roland Micro Cube Bass RX is the amp I've seen most being hauled around by U-Bassers. It's a bit big and bulky to carry (I've seen a lot of carts toting them) but runs on batteries once you're there. There's more than enough boom for a decent sized group.

    On the smaller & cheaper side, the Blackstar Fly 3 Bass Pack is pretty good. I have the combo pack with two wee little cabinets. Very portable (fits easily in a small backpack) and runs on batteries. It's fine for small groups. I can get more volume than I want, but with 3" speakers it can only produce so much boom. IIRC, kohanmike has a pair of these on a strap that he wears when playing the wandering minstrel.

    The king of portables is probably the Phil Jones Double Four. I only know it by reputation. I've never heard one. It's small and portable. It doesn't run off of internal batteries, but it can be powered by an external laptop battery. I think Mike has one of these too.
    The Fly 3 Bass dual box is good for very limited distance, I only use it when roaming hospital rooms since I can hang it on me.

    When I first starting playing bass uke about 5 years ago, I used my Crate Limo 50w guitar amp that is battery powered ($350 25 years ago). It worked fine for enclosed places, but for our first outdoor gig, it did not cut it, and it is heavy, so I bought a Phil Jones Bass Double Four 70w with a laptop battery that slips into the PJBD4 handle ($525 all in). It's a great amp, works for our rehearsals and smaller indoor gigs, but when it didn't cut it for outdoors, I took a big step up and bought major rig, a 250w Carvin MB15 combo amp and matching external cabinet, each with a 15" light weight neo speaker ($810). So now I'm covered for any kind of gig.

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    Thanks for your responses. I have a Fly 3 Bass Dual Box which is great for practice and jamming with a few folks. I wanted to go for a bit bigger sound but not break the bank. I purchased a Fender Rumble 40 on Reverb for a reasonable price. I will play a Kona 3 string Walking Bass and see how that matches up. Should be fun!
    Thanks Again
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    Good choice with the Rumble 40. My friend has the Bass RX & the 40 is only a little heavier, but can play much louder, plus you can hook it up to a PA system via its' XLR connection. It replaced my Roland Supercube Bass (60 watts, 12" spkr) that I had since the mid-80's.

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    Thanks for all your help.
    We've opted for the Fender Rumble 40.
    I'm getting it for her for Christmas. It might be late if Sam Ash hasn't got it in stock, but she said that's okay.
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