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    Quote Originally Posted by VengefulTikiGod View Post
    There is also a Crate "Limo" which is 50W battery-operated, and is shaped like a floor monitor (and big enough to double as one).
    We've used the Crate Taxi TX15 as a vocal monitor, with great success. It has high acoustical output and very clean amplification. I don't use any vocal monitors when using the MXL990 large diaphram condensor microphone. It has a very wide pattern and will feedback when a vocal monitor's turned up loud enough to hear. Ric

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    Update: I stopped using the AA NiMH batteries in the C-cell adaptors and now use only C-cell alkaline batteries in the Vox DA5's. I always brough extra sets of the AA NiMH batteries, but they have to be changed in the middle of an outdoor gig. In live outdoor performances I was getting less than 2 hours play time out of the AA's. I think part of that's due to wind and ambient noise constantly going through the microphone along with the louder required volumes when playing outdoors. C-cell alkalines play straight through a six hour gig outdoors without failure. Ric

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    Should i get the Crate Taxi TX15 or the Traynor TVM10?
    Both 15 watts and weigh about the same.

    Crate Taxi TX15
    http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/p...Amp?sku=487631

    Traynor International TVM10
    http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/p...ELAID=57137322
    Ko’olau Pono PKC 1-E
    Concert Flea Uke

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    Well, I picked up a VOX DA5 from my friend on the cheap. For pretty good reason. It was filled with sand, and there was quite a bit of tarnish on the grille due to sea salt and what not. But It is a great amp after I cleaned it out, and it works good as new.

    I need to scrounge up 6 C cell adaptors so I can use my AA rechargable batteries...I know I have some lying around somewhere.

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    I've abused my Vox DA5's weekly and many times several times a week for the past 6 months without failure. I took one with me on a trip to the Philippines and even played through it and sang through it on a boat in the China Sea off 100 islands. All of my Vox DA5's and Roland Microcube RX and Roland Microcube RX Bass amps have a lot of hours playing on the beaches of the pacific ocean on California's coast. Ric

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    Quote Originally Posted by experimentjon View Post
    I need to scrounge up 6 C cell adaptors so I can use my AA rechargable batteries...I know I have some lying around somewhere.
    You can order them from Sears and other places:

    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...0070921x00003b

    http://www.zbattery.com/Lenmar-C-Cel...?leadsource=37

    http://store.sundancesolar.com/baadaatoc2pa.html

    After using the rechargeables outdoors live and loud, I've found that you need to replace them with a fresh set every couple of hours for the best performance.. No big deal, as they're cheap to recharge instead of constantly buying new alkaline C-cells. Ric

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    Guitar Center's having a closeout sale on the Crate Profiler Series Model 5.
    I bought two of these on Tuesday for only $49 bucks each:



    I like these better than the Roland Microcubes. Here are some features:

    5 watts RMS
    2 X 4"speakers
    11 digitally controlled analog classic amp profiles
    Tone control
    Stereo Digital Sound Processing Effects, including Delay, Modulation Effects,
    __and Reverb selections
    1/8" stereo audio input for devices like MP3 players/CD players
    Headphone output
    USB port
    Included AC adaptor or battery (6 X AA) powered
    Traktion software application included for recording on your computer.







    It takes a while to learn how to use these amps. They save everything you set
    in any previous operation. To change these settings, you have to power on,
    change the knob settings, power off and power on again. It's frustrating until
    you learn this sequence, as many unwanted sounds will occur otherwise.
    There's nothing wrong with these amps, that's the way they are supposed to
    function. My guess is that the closeout is due to users not being able to
    figure out how to use them. Being that I've never recorded any of my music in
    the past, this new firmware/software gives me an opportunity to delve into
    that area.

    The twin speakers boost the low end of this amp over that of the Roland
    Microcube. Physically, it's slightly smaller than the Roland Microcube. At 5
    watts, it has twice the power of the Roland Microcube. The USB output and
    recording software are an added plus, too. I place it in between the Roland
    Microcube/Line6 Micro and the Vox DA5. At only $49 bucks, it's a no-
    brainer. Ric

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    I just bought a NIB Danelectro Honeytone amp on eBay for $24.95, they look retro cool, may order the AC adapter if battery life sux. Looking forward to farting around with it hooked to my new Waverly Street Pineapple.
    Last edited by Ahnko Honu; 03-19-2009 at 10:27 PM. Reason: because da kine la dat

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    Finally got my Danelectro amp in the mail today and I must say I'm impressed, allot more than I expected cranks pretty loud and clear out of the small speaker, more enough for my puposes. Mahalo ricdoug for your review which helped me make my choice.
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