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What kind of PA set-up do you own/use for performing? Have you ever tried the Bose L1 systems?

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Comment by Mike Murphy on March 20, 2012 at 7:44am

Thanks for all the feedback. I'm closer.

2 questions,

Q1 you guys all seem to play directly in front of these things, no feedback problems? I'd love to no have to bring my monitor.

Q2. Volume. I've heard different opinions. My typical audience is small pubs with 100 capacity, rarely full. So it's more like 40-60 people. I know room acoustics vary quite a bit but that affects with all PA's. My Mackies are bi-amped 165W mid/low + 30w up top so essentially just under 200W. I have never ever run them at more than 50% on their dial even when I had the mixer right up there.

Comment by John Fleenor on March 20, 2012 at 7:05am

I play as an acoustic solo and duo act, with a Bluegrass band as well as  with a sixties Rock and Roll group. We use the Bose L1 single bass, the original and set up in the same manner as Edward just described. Works great.

Comment by Edward Sparks on March 19, 2012 at 3:43pm

Well, Mike as you can see in the picture below, we have the BOSE L1, the original system, and we love it.  

The pub we play most often can hold about 100 on the "music" side (the other side is a sports bar), and most of the time it's just shy of that...about 80.

When we play the pub, the three of us run everything, including the bass guitar, into a mixer and then from there two line outs to the BOSE.  So far it's been loud enough and works as our monitors as well since it is behind us.  We have had almost no trouble with feedback...only when the house gets a little rowdy and they get loud!  When we play something bigger, we have a front line system that consists of a power amp fed by another set of  line outs on the mixer to it and then it powers either two or four cabinets out front on poles, each with a horn and a 15" woofer.  But the BOSE is is a pic of us playing an outside venue at an Arts Fest...we were situated in a little park between two tall buildings and the BOSE filled the space perfectly! 

Comment by Ed Provost on March 19, 2012 at 2:45pm

Hi Mike,

I use a Roland BA-330 - I really like it. I tried the bose L1 and the fishman.

The roland has more bass than the L1 and the fishman. If you purchase the Bose with the optional bass speaker.. a different story..I have played to 300 people with now problem.. The room acoustic's the clarity of your sound system

have alot to do with sound projection..The Roland price is around $600



Comment by Mike Murphy on March 19, 2012 at 2:25pm
I play most of the time in a duo. 2 acoustic guitars, 2 vocals. I also use a Digitech Vocalist live4 for some added harmonies. Cool box.
We play pubs, not usually more than 80 people. That means capacity, lets be realistic....we usually play to half of that. From time to time I run the same act solo.
I presently use a 12ch Mackie CFX-12 through 2 Mackie SRM350's. I use a small Yorkville 50w keyboard amp as a monitor. A little small and lacking a little low end but they do the job well and so far they've had enough headroom for anywhere we've played. I'm starting to get tired of the hauling, especially when it's solo. It's simplay a lot of stuff to set up and transport. Speakers, stands, mixer, cables, guitars....etc
I am looking for some advice here about the Bose L1 compact and/or the Fishman SA220. I've heard them both in the store and like different things about each one but I haven't heard them in a pub and am not sure what that might sound like. Can I drop the monitor? Will it be loud enough?

Even through the Mackies my Taylors sound great, I use a Sennheiser e935 for vocals, it too sound very nice.

Comment by Edward Sparks on March 9, 2012 at 6:24am

Here is my typical "Coffeehouse" gig set up, this is the Berlin Coffeehouse in Historic Berlin Maryland.  My next gig there is April 6th!  Not the BOSE system and my Carvin mixer/amp, which for small indoor gigs that I use the BOSE for, i just use the mixer output. And yes, that's me taking the picture in the mirror!  Edward

Comment by Downtown Freddy Brown on December 24, 2011 at 3:03am

I had the L1 Classic and one bass bin. It was very sturdy but quite heavy. I play mostly as a single act so I opted for the L1 Compact. It is more delicate and not as powerful but it can be placed in such a way as to be out of the way behind you. I used to hate conventional PAs with speakers on either side of you, monitors on the floor and endless wires to trip over and long set up times. As you are likely aware, the compact has bass speakers built in to the base of the unit and you have no option to expand the bass. You can, however use the main out to another L1 or other system. When I play a restaurant that has a patio I set the Compact up inside and run a powered keyboard amp outside on the patio. For single performances it's fantastic. I have run as many as six people through a mixer into the compact outside and it performed admirably but it really shines as a single or duo PA.

Comment by Edward Sparks on December 21, 2011 at 5:40pm

P.S. I have tried the Fishman system and it has a great sound...we run everything into a mixer and then into the Bose, including the bass guitar...I feel we need the separate bass module with the Bose using it this way.  I don't think the Fishman system could reproduce the bass guitar as well, but for vocals and guitar I think it sounds great, and it's a lot less money!


Comment by Edward Sparks on December 21, 2011 at 5:38pm

Edward here...

We have the original L1 is quite sturdy, more so than the model 2.  The trade off of course is weight, ours is heavier. However I think the Model 1 is sturdier.  We played an outdoor gig recently under a huge tent and had the base and tower up on a platform about 8' off the ground. The wind came across the water and blew the side of the tent in enough to topple the whole unit off of the platform!  It fell forward and hit the ground pretty hard.  We stood it up and realized that the joint between the two parts had bent back and bent the steel "tongue" that joins the two halves.  After putting the tongue in a vise and bending it back straight, I screwed it back in and it works fine!  Live and learn...we won't put it on a riser again!  Again, although I have not used one on the road, I believe that the Model 2 is lighter and less sturdy.  For an outdoor gig like in the picture of us playing below, the Bose is our backline monitors and we have two big cabinets on stands in front for the audience to hear.  Inside small clubs we play, we only use the Bose.  Edward 

Comment by Paul Stoddard on December 21, 2011 at 5:01pm

Hey Freddy.

You have been using the bose system for a while now, do you find it is durable?  I was looking at one set up at L&M recently, did not get to try it or even hear it, but it looks a little flimsy.  What has your experience been?



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