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Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by axejock, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. axejock

    axejock Strat-Talker

    336
    Jul 26, 2018
    Washington State
    I've been considering getting a "mini amp" that is very small, portable, and battery powered. I have been looking at them on line and am impressed with the Boss Katana 7 Watt mini and the Roland mini Cube (both about the same size with great reviews, but the Roland seems to have a few more features which naturally drives the cost up). I own large versions of both amps and they are quite impressive, but I am having trouble deciding which to choose, or if there is another brand out there that would be competitive. Opinions please!
     
  2. valor19

    valor19 Strat-Talker

    483
    Jun 17, 2010
    Huntsville, Alabama
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  3. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Posy rules! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 9, 2014
    Dumpster diving
    If you like what the Katana or mini cube offer then you can't go wrong, I am more of a pignose guy myself, to each his own.
     
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  4. Class A Knob

    Class A Knob Strat-O-Master

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    Nov 25, 2017
    California
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  5. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Posy rules! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 9, 2014
    Dumpster diving
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  6. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    47
    Dec 6, 2016
    Massachusetts
    Yamaha THR10 series perhaps? I like mine.
     
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  7. The-Kid

    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    28
    Feb 15, 2014
    SO CAL USA
    Get the Roland Cube Mini....


    Any roland cube is better than Katana.ñ anything.

    I would take my Mini Roland Cube over a full blown Katana artist or 100.


    Cubes just sound better, play better, perform better, amp tones...just better and they are the same price pretty much.
     
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  8. CigBurn

    CigBurn Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Jun 22, 2014
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  9. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Posy rules! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 9, 2014
    Dumpster diving
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  10. jeff h

    jeff h Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    45
    Jan 13, 2017
    Ohio
    I've got one of the Vox amps. It is great for taking to the campground or using anywhere you can't plug in.

    [​IMG]
     
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  11. The-Kid

    The-Kid Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Feb 15, 2014
    SO CAL USA
    These are great too.
     
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  12. axejock

    axejock Strat-Talker

    336
    Jul 26, 2018
    Washington State
    So if I get a "mini amp", I must have a "mini guitar" too? No offense to SRV, but I'd rather have a cool Merle Haggard Tele.
     
  13. banjaxed

    banjaxed Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Mar 14, 2014
    Liverpool UK
    I have the Vox 5 Mini Rhythm and find it more than adequate, plus the built
    in rhythm is a great feature.
     
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  14. dueducs

    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

    Some have argued that the THRs are expensive for what they are. I paid less than $300 for mine four years ago and am quite happy with it. In fact, I just came from our rooftop balcony where I was playing it (on battery power) on a surprisingly warm and clear day.
    Of course, it all depends on your style of playing and your intended purpose for the amp, but you should at least check one out.
     
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  15. Nerd

    Nerd Strat-Talker

    130
    Apr 7, 2014
    Reading, UK
    Blackstar Fly 3 is the only battery amp that doesn't sound like a toy. Still cost pennies
     
  16. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    59
    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    I've had my old Micro Cube for over 10 years, it's still as good as the day it was bought, sounds good and virtually indestructible.
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2019
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  17. oatsoda

    oatsoda Puck of Paradox Strat-Talk Supporter

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    51
    Jul 10, 2011
    The Shack, Nova Scotia
    The THR is quality kitt.
     
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  18. Cerb

    Cerb Most Honored Senior Member

    Age:
    38
    Jan 22, 2016
    Sweden
    Another vote for the THR. I liked my 5 so much that I got the 100W version.

    Skickat från min CLT-L29 via Tapatalk
     
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  19. Robins

    Robins Dr. von Loudster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 22, 2010
    Germany
    More is more.
    Bigger is better.
    But you know al that.
    Soundwise I would choose the Katana, I guess.
    But I don´t own one.
    Yes, it sounds like an amplified overdrive/distortion pedal and it is but it sounds great.
    It is affordable, transportable and it has the most important sounds everybody wants and needs.
    Not an doing it all fancy knob and dial in thing.
    Use it. Play it. Mean it.
    Hmmmm, maybe I need one I guess?

    All the best,
    Robin
     
  20. Cerb

    Cerb Most Honored Senior Member

    Age:
    38
    Jan 22, 2016
    Sweden
    Yes!



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