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Postby Matt_Moose » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:25 pm

Hi - I've got an old Carlsbro 45W keyboard amp and, as posted elsewhere, it's staring to feel its age and can be a bit unreliable.

If I'm looking for a replacement model - around 50W, basic functions - ie it's an amp and maybe has an EQ, good for piano and hammond in pub/village hall gigs etc - what are my choices, and how much would I expect to have to pay?

I've only seen the Roland range in Dawsons, and wondering what else there is that I should try and get a listen to.

Cheers, Matt
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Re: Keyboard amps

Postby Dave B » Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:27 pm

I have gone for a different option - powered PA speaker. The previous band I played in insisted that I went through the PA so I never bothered with an amp - got myself a sweeeeet little Mackie personal monitor which was nice. But changing bands meant going back to amplifying myself. So I got one of the Studiospares 12" powered PA cabs. Sounds fine to me plus it has lots of lovely power (250w) so I can turn it up if needed.
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Re: Keyboard amps

Postby Fibes » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:40 pm

I went for the 300w Behringer option as it was cheap and loud, had 4 inputs and EQ. The sound is fine for live monitoring and rehearsals - all gigs I do go through a PA so i've not had the chance to use it as a main sound source - I reckon it would be fine for gigging purposes. It easily keeps up volume wise with 2 loud drummers. I've not had any issues with reliability as yet. You can pick them up for £250 if you shop around.
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Re: Keyboard amps

Postby Matt_Moose » Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:24 am

Fibes wrote:I went for the 300w Behringer option as it was cheap and loud, had 4 inputs and EQ.

Thanks for that - I was considering the 60W version for £160 as a like for like replacement - with the effects (which let's face it, you won't really get to hear the quality or otherwise at a gig/ie not studio).

Again - Behringer provide soemthing that does enough for the entry level at an acceptable price....

PS - 2 drummers? Jeesh, how do you cope with the pair of them??!
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Re: Keyboard amps

Postby Fibes » Sun Feb 14, 2010 1:47 am

Matt_Moose wrote:
PS - 2 drummers? Jeesh, how do you cope with the pair of them??!


It's not so bad, they share a brain cell.
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Re: Keyboard amps

Postby Andyh 56 » Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:47 pm

"Thanks for that - I was considering the 60W version for £160 as a like for like replacement - with the effects (which let's face it, you won't really get to hear the quality or otherwise at a gig/ie not studio)."

If you decide to go with the Behringer amps I would say the 180 watt one is the minimum to go for. I bought the 90 watt one (to use with a Roland Juno D) It struggles to keep up with the rest of the band. I am running it at almost flat out all the time.
Someone a lot more clever than like wot I am could explain better, but I suspect that Behringers Watts rms are a lot different to other manufacturers full fat Watts rms.
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Re: Keyboard amps

Postby Matt_Moose » Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:04 pm

Andyh 56 wrote:If you decide to go with the Behringer amps I would say the 180 watt one is the minimum to go for. I bought the 90 watt one (to use with a Roland Juno D) It struggles to keep up with the rest of the band. I am running it at almost flat out all the time.
... but I suspect that Behringers Watts rms are a lot different to other manufacturers full fat Watts rms.
Useful to know, and the kind of nugget I was hoping to elicit. I guess that would figure for behringer...

Although I have toyed with the idea of finding some kind of Leslie...
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Re: Keyboard amps

Postby Andyh 56 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:00 pm

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Although I have toyed with the idea of finding some kind of Leslie... [/quote]

Line 6 roto pedal much much lighter on both wallet and back... :D
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Re: Keyboard amps

Postby Matt_Moose » Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:06 pm

Andyh 56 wrote:

Although I have toyed with the idea of finding some kind of Leslie...

Line 6 roto pedal much much lighter on both wallet and back...
Oo - does that have a built in 200W (or whatever) amp too? :shock:
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Re: Keyboard amps

Postby Andyh 56 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:56 pm

Matt_Moose wrote:
Andyh 56 wrote:

Although I have toyed with the idea of finding some kind of Leslie...

Line 6 roto pedal much much lighter on both wallet and back...
Oo - does that have a built in 200W (or whatever) amp too? :shock:
Er not as such, more of an add on extra.

Although I have never used a Leslie. I have had the "joy" of helping a friend move one. Oh how we laughed....
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Re: Keyboard amps

Postby Matt_Moose » Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:43 pm

Andyh 56 wrote:I have had the "joy" of helping a friend move one. Oh how we laughed....
Hey, I'm a pianist... when you're lugging an RD1000 or CP70 around, I suspect a leslie might be some light relief :)
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Re: Keyboard amps

Postby Bob Moose » Thu Feb 25, 2010 3:49 pm

Hello,

I play the Yamaha P-250 stage piano. Long time ago, I bought two FBT EX2.5A powered speakers (150W each) that are quite neutral, so they sound great for lots of things, including playing CDs. They were cheap at that time... They are not in production anymore, and I have no idea how the new models are.

Lots of times, I have used a good bass amplifier (with a built-in equaliser) with very good results too...

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