Post by fingersmcginty on Mar 2, 2012 18:03:16 GMT -7
Always wondered if the mini would hang in a full band setting. Well the curiosity got the better of me and i brought the wee 5 watt head along for the craic. I've always found the idea of bringing a little head along to a gig a bit tantalising...the thought of not having to lug around a large amp is quite appealing to me as I'm all for downsizing but not at the expense of good tone. So there was an old beat up Marshall 4x12 stack there. When I plugged her in a immediately set the attenuator to 0 and dialled the volume to noon and thought ...that sounds nice. For most of the set I was a happy camper...lovely overdriven tones with my SG and nice controlled feedback in the small room. Have to say though at the end of the night as everyone invariably turns up I was left behind a little and felt I couldn't hear myself properly so we mic'd the cab up through the PA....Very nice and thick sounding overdrive. Don't have many clean sounds in the set so was jusy about able to wing it. A few more watts would have been great though...how do i get this little sucker a little louder? Any way at all?
Probably get a maz 8. Other than that there's probably not much, especially if you were already running through a 4x12. I would say some really efficient speakers and an open back cab. I say Open back because that will help fill the room/stage behind and around you and other band members.
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Get a second small amp. Mini or MAZ 8 and go symphonic.
Oooh! That conjures up a nice sound in my imagination! Dual Mini Z's into dual cabs.
The Mini can get loud, but it does get just a little drowned out when the band is cooking. The first time I heard one by itself, I thought, "Yeah, this amp could hang with a drummer." About then, someone started jamming on a cranked Remedy and the Mini could barely be heard. I don't understand it all, but I know decibels are weird in that they'll make your ears play tricks on you.
Do you always have a channel on the PA available to you? Maybe a decent mic in the gig bag is the way to go for when you are traveling light with the Mini.
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Post by club327 (aka Ben) on Mar 7, 2012 19:06:31 GMT -7
We play in a garage and the mini is fine for me with only a 210 cab. But we only have a 100 w PA for vocals so everyone must keep it low. Could also be our drummer does not play too loud. Or could be the small space. Anyway the mini seems fine and I sometimes keep the attenuator on. I think for you the Monza or CG is a good option but that is not from personal experience. Let us know what you end up doing cause I was thinking about either of those two myself.
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