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#2417500 - Yesterday at 06:27 PM Favorite keyboard amp, anyone?
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I have an old Roland KC-350. The amp has served me well for many years. I have used it with Roland, Yamaha and Casio stage pianos. It sounds good, maybe a little bass heavy if you don't turn the bass down a bit.
Do any of you people out there have any favorite amps?
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#2417501 - Yesterday at 06:29 PM Re: Favorite keyboard amp, anyone? [Re: T E Bekken]
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#2417532 - Yesterday at 08:46 PM Re: Favorite keyboard amp, anyone? [Re: T E Bekken]
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What's your plan, Bekken? Is it for gigging? or home?

Large room? With other players or solo? Do you use it to sing through too?

That will help a lot with giving advice.

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#2417555 - Yesterday at 09:50 PM Re: Favorite keyboard amp, anyone? [Re: T E Bekken]
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Originally Posted By T E Bekken
I have an old Roland KC-350.


I have the same amp, but my smaller, lighter QSC K8 easily blows the Roland away in terms of clarity and power. I'm now in the "forget keyboard amps; go with a PA" camp.
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#2417563 - Yesterday at 10:15 PM Re: Favorite keyboard amp, anyone? [Re: T E Bekken]
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Yes keyboard amps pale in comparison to PA-style speakers. The Centerpoint Spacestation is amazing if you can afford it and there are plenty of sub-$500 options out there. Like everything else, you pretty much get what you pay for.
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#2417596 - Today at 12:38 AM Re: Favorite keyboard amp, anyone? [Re: T E Bekken]
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Favourite keyboard amp: anything but a keyboard amp. A good quality powered PA speaker does the trick.

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#2417598 - Today at 12:47 AM Re: Favorite keyboard amp, anyone? [Re: T E Bekken]
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I absolutely agree that a good PA and good monitoring is way better than a keyboard amp. However, there are some smaller solo gigs, where a PA is unnecessary and onboard internal speakers are too weak. I would not sing through an amp. I may use it as a monitor, though.
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#2417615 - 9 minutes 39 seconds ago Re: Favorite keyboard amp, anyone? [Re: T E Bekken]
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Originally Posted By T E Bekken
I absolutely agree that a good PA and good monitoring is way better than a keyboard amp. However, there are some smaller solo gigs, where a PA is unnecessary and onboard internal speakers are too weak. I would not sing through an amp. I may use it as a monitor, though.


They make self-powered PA speakers that are same size as box amps -- some even have handles. That's what you should be looking at.
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#2417617 - 2 minutes 46 seconds ago Re: Favorite keyboard amp, anyone? [Re: T E Bekken]
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For stage use ALMOST all PA's are preferable to ALMOST all keyboard amps -- but not all.

May I suggest two: (1) the Spacestation v.3, already recommended; and (2) the Alto 15, which is often overlooked but shouldn't be.

Oh, and a third: the not bad though overpriced Bose L1 Compact.

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