I try to play unplugged as much as possible, even in coffee houses, but I can get pretty loud when I have to, but I have a Troubador 80 amp that I use and it plugs mic and guitar and I have found it to be more than enough for larger venues. BUT, and here is a big BUT, I find myself inviting ohters to play with me for certian gigs and wishing I had gotten a PA system, then I could have a couple of mics and instruments, instead of having 3 or 4 amps spread across the stage. What ever you think you need get something bigger, because down the road you will need it, I would recommend a PA system package that would acommadate at least 6 inputs, thats what I wished I had bought.
This Traynor AM Custom is really unique in the offer of acoustic amps,and that`s the reason of my hesitate and interesting.
This is really kind of small PA,because you can use different effects on each channel,lots of power(225W)...
I need three channels on my performance;guitar,microphone and CD player(sometimes with karaoke background while playing).
I am wondering only,would be that the better option (with one active speaker on "Line out "when it`s needed) than mixer with two active speakers?
Anyone tried this TraynorAM custom 225W amp,flagship of the line,exactly same model?
People have nice experience with Traynor lower models,so I`m very interested in that kind of combination for one-man guitar band.
i think it's a question of convenience or versatility. i have mackie thump th12a speakers and a mixer for group gigs or larger audiences, but if i'm going alone to a small setting i use a fishman loudbox mini. If I'm amplifying i don't worry much about sound quality, if it sounds like an acoustic guitar and a voice i'm satisfied. there's not much point in bringing in two speakers, stands, mixer, guitar, and all the necessary accessories for a small gig. even if you minimize it all you're still having to carry the mixer and a speaker stand above and beyond, that's a second trip just for those.
i would suggest something like a loudbox artist. it has plenty of power, good effects, and good sound quality. if you need more versatility use it as your powered speaker with a bigger mixer in front of it.
I use a mini-PA setup - two passive speakers on stands and a rack for the preamp, effects unit and power amp. It projects well and sounds great. Versatile too.
I have after 40 years of playing found the perfect solution for coffee houses and even more. I use a Martin OM28e and a Martin gpcpa1. I hook into a Fishman Artist, but I took my Fishman mini also. I put the Artist on a higher stand and then placed the mini below on another smaller stand. All I can say is WOW! I play mostly contemporary Christian music, but even for larger venues with their own system I just take my little Fishman mini for my own personal monitor and DI out to the PA system. Both situations work well. I purchased a small 4 channel Yamaha mixer and plug in two condenser microphones (Shure Beta). The entire situation including microphones cost me with cables $1100.00. With this selection you can do anything you want. With the Artist elevated and the mini under and the easy set up, I found it better than everything else I have tried. Just amazing. God is good!
Guys" I agree the a complete PA system can sound better than an acoustic amp, but it is also according to the PA. The new acoustic amps such as the Fishman Artist can sound very clean and went sent out to the PA from the amplifier gives a much more effective sound than most PA systems in the house plus you can use it as your own personal monitor setting it up exactly how you want. A $545.00 Fishman artist is far cheaper than (2) QSC 10, mixer and cables starting out at about $1500.00. At a large performance the house should have some kind of quality, but I have been disappointed, especially with who may be working the board. Even better yet, if you really want quality get yourself an AER for small gigs and for larger send that out to the house. Look at what Tommy Emanuel has posted.