Re: [Harp-L] Roland Mobile Cube battery amp
- To: Steve Shaw <moorcot@xxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Roland Mobile Cube battery amp
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- Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2010 12:52:18 -0500
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I have a Roland Micro cube and a Kalamazoo built by Blows Me Away Greg. Granted I can't not compare the two for the Kalamazoo is beast of an amp.
I use the micro cube when I play out side and have no access to electricity.
Going back to the micro cube. It's not a bad amp, you do have to go back and play with the settings. At first I hatted it until a harp friend of mine ( Richard Perkins ) showed me how to set it up. Mine came with the power cord, but I don't use it at all. In fact I have two guitar ( i originally but the cube for my son's guitar ) buddies that also have the micro cube and they lost their AC adapters.
Go back with out your wife play with the settings. Also carry some 9 volts in your gig bag. I changed mine twice in two years.
Hoped this helped a little.
On Dec 9, 2010, at 6:53 AM, Steve Shaw <moorcot@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> Being in the market for a small battery-powered amp, I tried this one out in a music shop alongside the Roland Microcube. I also wanted to compare it with a Vox DA5 but they didn't have one in. My aim is to get as clean and natural a sound as possible, just like me but louder, from something small and portable, nothing too squawky, and I do want the option of at least a tiny touch of reverb.
> I thought it had a warmer sound than the Microcube, which I thought was a bit too edgy-sounding for my purposes. For such a tiny beast the Mobile Cube was surprisingly loud, amazingly so in fact. It has inputs for microphone and instruments (keyboard/instrument/guitar) as well as an AUX input for an MP3 player and a knob for setting it to whatever input you've selected (all a bit confusing in the shop but you can't really do anything wrong). It has chorus, delay and reverb. I actually found it worked very well if I plugged my mic into the instruments socket (though it worked fine in the mic socket too) and set the knob to "normal" or "clean." You can clip it on to a mic stand in a trice, which I think I'd find very useful for getting it up off the floor or the seat next to me. I found this to be a very appealing feature, considering the venues I play in, but I was conscious of not letting this particular tail wag the dog. One thing that initially worried me was that it has !
> just a single tone knob, so you can't just, say, cut down on "middle," but there are so many settings options available that I concluded that this wouldn't be an issue.
> I would have spent longer playing with it, but my wife was waiting for me outside Marks and Spencer and getting cold.
> It runs on 6 AA batteries and can be used with a mains adapter, which, annoyingly, you'd have to buy separately. I wonder if anyone else has experienced this amp. I know it was raised about a year ago but there was little response at that time.
> Steve Shaw
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