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Offline goldphinga

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New alternative to Suitcase amp/cab? Anything suitable?
« on: December 30, 2013, 03:38:29 PM »
Are there any stereo amps out there that could take two channel outs from a rhodes in order to get panning going on on stage? Something like a suitcase amp but smaller? But not a Janus stack as theyre too hard to find. Maybe something new and more portable?

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Re: New alternative to Suitcase amp/cab? Anything suitable?
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2013, 12:00:53 PM »
What about a Roland Jazz Chorus with a stereo effects loop or at least a stereo power amp in?
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Re: New alternative to Suitcase amp/cab? Anything suitable?
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2013, 01:50:58 PM »
I don't know if a single amp with 2 speakers will get the suitcase effect - I feel the speakers have to be far enough apart to really get the effect of the Rhodes panning.  You might want to think about just a pair of powered PA speaker cabs?  Basically a modern-day Janus arrangement, maybe especially for stage use.
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Re: New alternative to Suitcase amp/cab? Anything suitable?
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2013, 02:06:54 PM »
I tried a Tubeworks MV-962 stereo power amp and it sounded nice.  It's designed to emulate the power tubes in a guitar amp.  I could get loud volume without much breakup at all.

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Re: New alternative to Suitcase amp/cab? Anything suitable?
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2014, 07:31:24 PM »
Rhodes harp --> tube pre --> stereo tremolo --> PA system with inputs panned hard L & R.

There are a number of small tube pre's designed for direct instrument input (VV even makes one for use in the name rail, though it will cost a bit more than some of the external options), and a number of guitar pedals that are mono in/stereo out. Use the PA for your amp and you are done. Of course this only makes life easier if the PA is already at the venue or if it is needed for the rest of the band. If you don't want to use a PA then I'd take the harp output directly into a stereo effects pedal and then run to two small combo amps.

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Re: New alternative to Suitcase amp/cab? Anything suitable?
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2014, 06:16:06 PM »
I as thinking the same thing as Ben. Two separated mono amps will do the trick....either PA amps  or guitar amps... I think I would prefer guitar amps myself.
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Re: New alternative to Suitcase amp/cab? Anything suitable?
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2014, 12:59:16 PM »
I would love to try one of those:

http://www.rockshop.de/en-es/products/21250?department=keys&category=accessories&subcategory=monitors202f

I have a motion sound kp200s. It has a fantastic tone & works exceptionally well with the stereo pan effect, really 'wide' sound.

Well worth giving one a try......

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