Best cable (and amp) for Klos deluxe tenor?

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Today I received a Klos deluxe hybrid tenor which is my first uke with a pickup. It is an active Fishman Kula pickup. I have no idea how to shop for an appropriate cable and would appreciate some suggestions. I expect to use my husband’s guitar amp in the short term but would also appreciate some suggestions for a decent amp.
Thanks.
 
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As a guitar player, I have always gigged with Monster cables. They’ve always worked out well. Currently, I play through a Fender Champ, but played Orange for decades. I haven’t felt compelled to seek out anything different for uke. Orange solid state amps are really good values.
 
As a guitar player, I have always gigged with Monster cables. They’ve always worked out well. Currently, I play through a Fender Champ, but played Orange for decades. I haven’t felt compelled to seek out anything different for uke. Orange solid state amps are really good values.
Thanks. Can I ask what size/wattage you have had on your Orange Amps.
 
Amps can go from the low $50 to high end hundreds of dollars. How do you plan on using it, which will be a way to determine the amp to get. How far from the amp do you want to be? Any instrument cable should work fine, but in most cases you get what you pay for, so by comparing prices, you should see the range there. I actually avoid cables and use a wireless system, Lekato 5.8GHz pods that have USB charging and a reasonable $60 on Amazon.
 
Amps can go from the low $50 to high end hundreds of dollars. How do you plan on using it, which will be a way to determine the amp to get. How far from the amp do you want to be? Any instrument cable should work fine, but in most cases you get what you pay for, so by comparing prices, you should see the range there. I actually avoid cables and use a wireless system, Lekato 5.8GHz pods that have USB charging and a reasonable $60 on Amazon.
I would ultimately like to use it on small gigs with about 6 people in non professional type venues like senior centers/homes and the occasional open mike. I also don’t need to be far from the amp but 6 feet might be too short if I’m standing? My husband also suggested wireless but doesn’t know anything about it.
Thanks!
 
Cables - any 1/4 inch mono instrumental cable from a reputable company will work just fine.
Most local music store varieties will work just fine.
Avoid no-name ones that are really cheap on Ebay, etc, as they might cause unwanted hum or not be very durable.
Not much point buying very expensive cables - you won't notice the difference (unless perhaps you are using amplification gear worth tens of thousands of dollars).

Amp - depends on your amplification needs.

Do you just want something small to play in the house?
There's plenty of small amps for home use such as Roland Microcube, Mobile Cube, Yamaha THR5 or THR10, various VOX amps.
They often give you the option of running on batteries or mains power, which is convenient if you want to take your amp to play outdoors.

Electric guitar amps tend to give you the most options as many have built in effects and you can experiment with distortion and overdrive.
Most electric guitar amps have an "acoustic" mode too, so will more-or-less be like an acoustic amp anyway.

Acoustic guitar amps supposedly model acoustic sounds better if you want the cleanest and most natural sound, but bear in mind they won't give you options to experiment with distortions and many also don't have built-in effects.

Need something more powerful to perform with at gigs or play in a band?

You'll need something larger and more powerful, at a minimum rated at 45 Watts.


Lastly, you should use guitar amps. From the amp's perspective, ukuleles are just guitars with less sustain and tuned a bit higher.
If your husband's guitar amp works fine, no problems getting the same one or continuing to share it (many often have more than 1 inputs).
 
I'd suggest a couple cables - one 6 foot, one 10-12 foot maybe.
I love my Roland AC-33 amp. 30 W when plugged into AC power, 20W with battery power. Works well for small venue stuff - medium sized rooms. Fits in my wheeled tote and weighs 11 pounds. Has chorus & reverb settings to shape sound a little. Has a basic looper. Has 2 channels for 1-2 instruments, or 1 instrument and a MIC.
Bad news.......the price has doubled since I bought mine a few years back. I paid about $250 and now it's close to $500. Yikes.
 
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Thanks. Can I ask what size/wattage you have had on your Orange Amps.
I never gigged with anything larger than 30 watts of tube power, which is louder than solid state. My current champ is 7 watts and would be way to loud for a retirement home. Also, if you’re not competing with drummers or guitar players, you won’t need to get so loud.

There are a lot of really good options in this thread. The Roland Cubes are fantastic amps. I’m changing my recommendation to one of those.
 
I would ultimately like to use it on small gigs with about 6 people in non professional type venues like senior centers/homes and the occasional open mike. I also don’t need to be far from the amp but 6 feet might be too short if I’m standing? My husband also suggested wireless but doesn’t know anything about it..
Thanks!
Ander, I've had really good luck with my Kustom PA-50. Very portable, and really delivers a nice amplified uke sound. I use mine regularly to play at retirement facilities-- one channel for my uke, and the second channel for my microphone.

Each channel has both a standard "quarter-inch" input jack and an "XLR"-style microphone jack. The unit doesn't have reverb, though, but honestly I've found that I don't miss it, as most rooms seem to have their own natural resonance.

I'm not sure if Kustom is making these any more, but if not, they can be bought pre-owned on the Reverb site, or eBay, for around $100.00 or so. I think Musicians Friend may still carry them too. I absolutely love mine!
 
I tend not to overthink it. I'm just a good little nazi and do what people tell me. So I just got a 75 watt Blackstar with EL84 tubes and cables with gold-plating because they were recommended. Are they worth the money? I don't know. Could I have found something more optimized for me? I don't know. I'll let you folks argue about that and in the meantime, I'll be playing.
 
I would ultimately like to use it on small gigs with about 6 people in non professional type venues like senior centers/homes and the occasional open mike. I also don’t need to be far from the amp but 6 feet might be too short if I’m standing? My husband also suggested wireless but doesn’t know anything about it.
Thanks!
I just returned from a performance at a seniors centre in their large dining room and there were about 30 people with nice space in between them. They gave me a mic that I used to help with vocal and my two ukes were acoustic only. The people in back rows indicated that they could hear me well. I don't think I would look for amplification at venues designed for less than 100 people. But I also don't play heavy metal but rather traditional tunes.
 
Amps can go from the low $50 to high end hundreds of dollars. How do you plan on using it, which will be a way to determine the amp to get. How far from the amp do you want to be? Any instrument cable should work fine, but in most cases you get what you pay for, so by comparing prices, you should see the range there. I actually avoid cables and use a wireless system, Lekato 5.8GHz pods that have USB charging and a reasonable $60 on Amazon.
I got a set of these yesterday and they seem to work great. My husband is a professional musician and has been skeptical of the wireless systems but he may be converted after trying these. Thanks for the suggestion.
 
Klös has a wonderful cable that eliminates any risk of a “pop” when plugging in or unplugging the cable, should you forget to turn down the volume or to turn off the amp.
Thanks for the recommendation. I had read a couple of not so favorable reviews of them so wasn’t sure what to think. BTW, we were at the same jam on Friday for TCUC.
Shelley
 
I never gigged with anything larger than 30 watts of tube power, which is louder than solid state. My current champ is 7 watts and would be way to loud for a retirement home. Also, if you’re not competing with drummers or guitar players, you won’t need to get so loud.

There are a lot of really good options in this thread. The Roland Cubes are fantastic amps. I’m changing my recommendation to one of those.
My husband has a Roland cube that he is letting me use.
 
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