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#2009996 - 01/06/13 01:22 PM Amplifier Recommendations
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Hi! I have a Nord Electro 3 73 and am looking to buy an amplifier. Any recommendations?

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#2010024 - 01/06/13 02:00 PM Re: Amplifier Recommendations [Re: Adam Malone]
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I assume you mean a guitar type amp? A mixer\amp\speaker all in one enclosure?
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#2010095 - 01/06/13 03:31 PM Re: Amplifier Recommendations [Re: Adam Malone]
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Yes I think I want an amp/speaker in a single enclosure. Not sure about the mixer - I don't think I'd need to have more than one instrument plugged in at a time.

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#2010098 - 01/06/13 03:42 PM Re: Amplifier Recommendations [Re: Adam Malone]
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Originally Posted By: AdamMalone
Yes I think I want an amp/speaker in a single enclosure. Not sure about the mixer - I don't think I'd need to have more than one instrument plugged in at a time.

If you don't need the mixer/eq/fx functions of a self-contained "keyboard amp" then a powered PA cabinet will generally give you better sounds. My favorites are the ElectroVoice ZXa1 (inexpensive, 19 pounds, very neutral sound, but doesn't go as loud as some other options) and the JBL PRX625 (sounds great, goes very loud, but 60 pounds, pricey, and definitely won't fit in a compact car). Other popular choices are the QSC K series, RCF ART series, Yamaha DXR series, they all have their fans, though I prefer the ones I mentioned.

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#2010107 - 01/06/13 04:02 PM Re: Amplifier Recommendations [Re: Adam Malone]
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I think it worth mentioning, no matter you decide on, to consider buying a case to protect the speaker if you're planning on moving it to jobs.
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#2010207 - 01/06/13 07:37 PM Re: Amplifier Recommendations [Re: Adam Malone]
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I have a PA system consisting of two RCF Art 312a (MKIII)'s and they sound great for piano. They also have a slight bevel on the back enabling them to be laid on their side for monitor use. Great speakers and I'll bet one would sound great as a piano amp. I have also heard really favorable reviews for the EV ZXa1's mentioned earlier.

I also own a Hartke KM60 keyboard amp and it sounds very decent. I'd consider it over a Roland KB series (which I have also owned in the past).
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#2010229 - 01/06/13 08:15 PM Re: Amplifier Recommendations [Re: Adam Malone]
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If you want a amp ...(ie: all in one) the only real options are the Traynor K4 and the Roland BA-330 (which is a mini PA). Both are stero which is very important these days. I'd be getting a pair of powered speakers however, as many here have already stated they are better.
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#2011179 - 01/08/13 12:52 PM Re: Amplifier Recommendations [Re: Adam Malone]
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Thanks for the replies! The Roland BA-330 is currently "in the lead"

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#2011184 - 01/08/13 01:01 PM Re: Amplifier Recommendations [Re: Adam Malone]
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Adam, before you bite the bullet be sure to know what the store's return policy is. It might take a few days before you're happy with a purchase ... or not.

The general rule of thumb ... don't buy any musical equipment without first auditioning it.
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#2069995 - 04/24/13 02:19 PM Re: Amplifier Recommendations [Re: Adam Malone]
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I ended up going with a Roland CUBE Street ($300 new):

http://www.rolandus.com/products/details/900

I like it a lot. It was clear and loud enough when I used it as a monitor for a gig with my rock band. It's small, and I really like the battery power option.

Also worth noting, it sounds pretty good when used as an electric guitar amp. It has multiple amp simulator modes (clean, mild distortion, heavy distortion, etc.) as well as some independent effects (reverb, delay, chorus, flanger, tremelo) which I enjoyed fiddling with.

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#2070006 - 04/24/13 02:40 PM Re: Amplifier Recommendations [Re: Adam Malone]
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Glad your happy with the CUBE!

I would also suggest the
Roland KC-110

Also can be battery operated
and puts out A LOT more power than
the CUBE. (30w vs 5w).

3 channel input + effects
(no guitar effects tho).

Just throwing out another option
to anyone looking.
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