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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:01 pm    Post subject: Keyboard Amp Recommendations Reply with quote

My brother is looking to buy a used keyboard amp and asked me what he should look at. I don't know anything about keyboards or keyboard amps, so any insight would be greatly appreciated. He's looking to spend around $250-300 for a used amp. Something that can keep up with a band would certainly be a plus.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i've found bass amps work quite well. also, it depends what sort of keyboard he's using. from experience, i'd say if it's a vintage keyboard a tube guitar amp is best. if it's modern and has, say, realistic piano sounds you'll want something with decent fidelity.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Stewart. The keyboard player in my band plays through a bass amp with analogue synths, and it sounds pretty good. He mainly plays bass lines and such though, so cutting through vs a bassist isn't really an issue for him. My brother has some newer stuff though, he's got an Alesis Ion and some korg thing. He seems to like playing organ type sounds and weird sequenced stuff a lot, so it sounds like a bass amp might not be the best thing huh?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bass amp that features a tweeter for the high end is generally ideal.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

a small P.A...for amps, Roland makes good stuff...also the beringer copies of he Roland are okay for practice and stuff...
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always heard bass amps were good. For some reason I'd imagine a Roland Jazz Chorus would work well too, or the cube. Dunno why. Maybe it's their reputation for being astonishingly loud and for representing what goes into them very cleanly.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

for practice I used 2 of these...but then again I don't have to compete with a full band or real drums...these sound amazing by the way...roland cm-30...they double as a PA and studio monitors...


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the tips guys.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

suede wrote:
for practice I used 2 of these...but then again I don't have to compete with a full band or real drums...these sound amazing by the way...roland cm-30...they double as a PA and studio monitors...




wow these are $200 a piece? for 400 bucks you could get a real PA system


i would FUCKING LOVE IT if my powered monitors had speaker outs on them like these roland things do.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm really a big fan of the Roland KC series. Also, a Peavey KB300 is super cheap and sounds pretty good.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My money would be on something from Roland. Been in a few bands where the keyboard player has used Roland backline and it always sounded good.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

robroe wrote:
suede wrote:
for practice I used 2 of these...but then again I don't have to compete with a full band or real drums...these sound amazing by the way...roland cm-30...they double as a PA and studio monitors...




wow these are $200 a piece? for 400 bucks you could get a real PA system


i would FUCKING LOVE IT if my powered monitors had speaker outs on them like these roland things do.


yeah but I only paid 100 for both at guitar center Laughing ...for once their stupidity paid off...
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