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Old 01-22-2020, 02:27 PM
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Default Looking for portable acoustic amp recommendations

I want to streamline plugging in at small venues like coffee shops and at home. Currently I use 1 of my yamaha DXR 12 inch speakers with a Yamaha powered mixer. I then have a pedalboard between my guitar and the mixer. Iím wanting a small acoustic amp that can pack a decent punch and handle guitar and vocals. It must have the following:
2 channels (1 of which XLR)
EQ and reverb
DI out option
As small a footprint as possible
Reliable and decent build quality

Iíve looked at and considered l:
Fishman loudbox Mini - only concern is lack of feedback control but at the volumes It puts out would I need feedback control?

Orange 30 crush - like that itís battery powered as an option but concerned 30w is very little power. Anyone heard one or demoed one? I appreciate they are relatively new

Fender amps - the older style 90 watt and the newer 100 acoustasonic. Heard they are difficult to dial in a decent tone quickly and easily.

Like the look of the new Boss singer LT and Blackstar.Should I wait?
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Old 01-22-2020, 02:33 PM
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Get the Fishman. It's the best acoustic amp I've ever owned. Also, admittedly, the only one. Feedback has never been a problem for me with it.

Now, with the Bluetooth and battery options available the original ones got much less costly. I picked mine up practically brand new condition for $200 last year.
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Old 01-22-2020, 04:31 PM
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I have a LB Mini and it will do what you want. I've found the quality of the vocals is boosted tremendously by running a TC R1 before the amp. Not just for the stellar 'verbs- the preamp helps a lot.

Then I had the thought that if R1 has earned a spot on the pedalboard along with the guitar effects why not skip the amp and run straight into a compact powered speaker like the CP8? I'm using a RCF 310a right now but any decent powered speaker will be way clearer and deeper than a acoustic amp and it's easier to elevate it.
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Big yes to Fishman mini
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Old 01-22-2020, 05:01 PM
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Fishman LB Artist for me.
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Schertler David. Weigh 20 lb. You can get a gig bag with a shoulder strap for it.



It's got a socket hole in the bottom for a pole mount.

Phantom power on the XLR channel.
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Big yes to Fishman mini
And another big yes....
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Fishman Mini is the best amp for the money, hands down. I've given all three a fair go - Mini, Artist, Performer - and the Mini sounded the best to my ears. If I need more volume, DI out to a powered speaker. The only amp I've tried that I thought sounded nicer than the Mini is the Genzler Acoustic Array Pro. That thing is amazing, but it is also 3x the price.
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Old 01-22-2020, 08:25 PM
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Fishman Mini is the best amp for the money, hands down. I've given all three a fair go - Mini, Artist, Performer - and the Mini sounded the best to my ears. If I need more volume, DI out to a powered speaker. The only amp I've tried that I thought sounded nicer than the Mini is the Genzler Acoustic Array Pro. That thing is amazing, but it is also 3x the price.
As is that Schertler David above.
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Old 01-22-2020, 08:46 PM
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Fishman Mini is the best amp for the money, hands down. I've given all three a fair go - Mini, Artist, Performer - and the Mini sounded the best to my ears. If I need more volume, DI out to a powered speaker. The only amp I've tried that I thought sounded nicer than the Mini is the Genzler Acoustic Array Pro. That thing is amazing, but it is also 3x the price.
I agree. The Mini sounds warmer.
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Old 01-22-2020, 09:15 PM
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The Fishman Loudbox should be the best solution at that price range
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I know you want to streamline. Out of curiosity, are you disappointed with the DXR12's sound?
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I know you want to streamline. Out of curiosity, are you disappointed with the DXR12's sound?
Not at all disappointed. I use 2 DXRs usually and I think they sound great. Some of the places I play in though are tiny! Space gets a bit cramped. Plus I want something to leave out in my Lounge for plugging into that tucks away in the corner a bit better than a 12inch powered speaker. Iím still keeping my full PA this is just something to run alongside it.
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Old 01-23-2020, 01:03 AM
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Thanks everyone Iíve found a special edition loudbox Mini which Iím going to order and give it a go!
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Not at all disappointed. I use 2 DXRs usually and I think they sound great. Some of the places I play in though are tiny! Space gets a bit cramped. Plus I want something to leave out in my Lounge for plugging into that tucks away in the corner a bit better than a 12inch powered speaker. Iím still keeping my full PA this is just something to run alongside it.
Gotcha. Thanks. Eventually I will be upgrading my powered 12s and was curious about the DXRs, so thanks for your reply. Good luck in finding the solution.
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