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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / Lightweight gigging amp?


Keweenaw, MI

Takin' the chill off the wheel...
Jul 21st, 2009 01:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Don't know much about keyboard amps, our keyboardist is lugging around an old roland that weighs like 80lbs! Any suggestions on a lighter but gig volume worthy amp? Most of the time we run through a house sound system so xlr outs etc would be appreciated. Cheers.

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I got plenty of nuthin'
Jul 30th, 2009 02:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use some JBL 15" + horn and a Yamaha P4050 amp.

A Roland Cube might work for your friend.


New Jersey

One of the Jam Ho' Caped Crusaders
Nov 1st, 2009 06:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a very small and very light Alesis Transactive 50. I use it as a monitor on a mic stand at ear level facing me and the line out goes to the board.

It has 2 channels so I put the wireless sax mic in the other. Independant vol and effects as well as high, mid and bass

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I got plenty of nuthin'
Nov 5th, 2009 05:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

Another option is to route the keys to a DI, and have the keyboard player use headphones.



May 19th, 2010 01:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mine is really lightweight- it's called a DI box LOL. I haven't used a keyboard amp in years, even though I do have a nice Yorkville 100 watt "Cube". Even for rehearsals, I always DI into the PA. Way easier than hauling a keyboard amp around.



Jul 16th, 2010 12:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's called a DI box and just pump the keys through the monitors. What I have been doing for years. I hardly use my Yorkville Keyboard Cube amp...it's turned into a backup Bass Rig LOL!

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Colorado Front Range

Jul 18th, 2010 09:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

I agree that using a DI box through the sound system is the lightest and cheapest. Sometimes I have a problem with the soundman who doesn't give me enough EQ for the organ sounds, but generally it is OK.

On the other hand, I just got back for an outdoor festival in Denver where I listened to
Delbert McClinton live, and there is NOTHING like a Leslie to get good B3 organ sounds. Far from lightweight and a reason why they hire roadies. I can dream, though.

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northwest US

Aug 5th, 2010 06:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

IMO, a small PA is easier to handle than a KB amp ... and much more versatile ... i use two Kustom 10" monitors and a Behringer PMP2000 ... the whole rig fits on the front seat of my car ... 400 bucks ...

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