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  • Barbetta Sona 31C X JBL EON 15

    Hope everybody is doing well...

    I am trying to decide what keyboard amp (or something to that effect) to get and I have narrowed it down to these two. I think they are both good, but I would like to hear what you guys have to say about that. Unfortunately I have never heard a Barbetta (only read many great reviews over the past 3 years or so)Only thing is that I read it doens

  • #2
    I have a Barbetta Sona Elan SE-32 and have been extremely pleased. In fact, I have two Barbetta amps (home, practice/gigs). In addition to a quarter-inch line out, the Sona Elan SE-32 has an XLR output, four channels, global tone controls (i.e., Low, Mid, High) and more power than you'll ever need. Very flat response as well, which is good for piano. I also like it because I have preference for a 15" bass speaker. Additionally, it's rather compact and not overly heavy if this matters to you. This thing kicks ass!

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    • #3
      Thanks Pawnz, one more Barbetta fan... I am almost convinced. hehe I still await anxioulsy for more replies...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by facao
        Hope everybody is doing well...

        I am trying to decide what keyboard amp (or something to that effect) to get and I have narrowed it down to these two. I think they are both good, but I would like to hear what you guys have to say about that. Unfortunately I have never heard a Barbetta (only read many great reviews over the past 3 years or so)Only thing is that I read it doens
        "Gigito ergo sum: I Gig, therefore I Am."


        Keys:
        Yamaha MotifXF6 - (bottom tier) & Korg M361 (top)
        Roland RD300GX (88 keys - smaller gigs & when I play left hand bass)

        Mixers, Spkrs.:
        (2) QSC K12's, (2) QSC K10's, (2) QSC K8's
        1 JBL PRX715XLF Subwoofer
        Motion Sound KP200S & KP100S kybd. amps (rarely use any more)
        Allen & Heath MixWiz3, Soundcraft MFXi8, Yamaha MG82cx,
        Mackie ProFX12, Alesis TransActive 50, [Samson PL1602 - For Sale]
        Fender Rumble 100 Bass Amp (for Ibanez SR500 Bass)

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        • #5
          Gigman,

          thanks for the great reply, great info...
          I need to do some "deciding"... You are right about the EON

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          • #6
            I own a pair of Barbetta 32s and love them. Light weight, loud and great clean sound. What more do you want?
            Mark M

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mark M
              I own a pair of Barbetta 32s and love them. Light weight, loud and great clean sound. What more do you want?


              Good deal -
              What keys do you run into them?

              And do you run in stereo - that's the point of having two, right? With a mixer or just straight to the Barbettas?
              "Gigito ergo sum: I Gig, therefore I Am."


              Keys:
              Yamaha MotifXF6 - (bottom tier) & Korg M361 (top)
              Roland RD300GX (88 keys - smaller gigs & when I play left hand bass)

              Mixers, Spkrs.:
              (2) QSC K12's, (2) QSC K10's, (2) QSC K8's
              1 JBL PRX715XLF Subwoofer
              Motion Sound KP200S & KP100S kybd. amps (rarely use any more)
              Allen & Heath MixWiz3, Soundcraft MFXi8, Yamaha MG82cx,
              Mackie ProFX12, Alesis TransActive 50, [Samson PL1602 - For Sale]
              Fender Rumble 100 Bass Amp (for Ibanez SR500 Bass)

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              • #8
                I'm in an ambient/experimental duo. A Voyager, Q, Ion, MS2000 and K Station all go through them.
                Mark M

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Mark M
                  I'm in an ambient/experimental duo. A Voyager, Q, Ion, MS2000 and K Station all go through them.


                  So, you're running 5 keyboards in stereo to the two Barbettas?

                  Woah - that's 10 cords, eh? Or do you have a snake or maybe 5 stereo paired cords?

                  I didn't realize the Barbetta Sona 32's had 5 inputs - in fact, according to their web site:

                  http://barbetta.com/Live/Sona_32/sona_32.html

                  ...they only have 4 inputs. So how is this possible?
                  "Gigito ergo sum: I Gig, therefore I Am."


                  Keys:
                  Yamaha MotifXF6 - (bottom tier) & Korg M361 (top)
                  Roland RD300GX (88 keys - smaller gigs & when I play left hand bass)

                  Mixers, Spkrs.:
                  (2) QSC K12's, (2) QSC K10's, (2) QSC K8's
                  1 JBL PRX715XLF Subwoofer
                  Motion Sound KP200S & KP100S kybd. amps (rarely use any more)
                  Allen & Heath MixWiz3, Soundcraft MFXi8, Yamaha MG82cx,
                  Mackie ProFX12, Alesis TransActive 50, [Samson PL1602 - For Sale]
                  Fender Rumble 100 Bass Amp (for Ibanez SR500 Bass)

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                  • #10
                    Because of its clarity in the midrange, the 31C and 41C can cut through anything. It turns out that having two small speakers (8"/10", as opposed to 12"/15") provides good bass and midrange without getting muddy or boomy. And the tweeters provide plenty of treble. Bonus: the 31C is a svelte 35 lbs.

                    The downsides? Some hiss at high volumes and the controls in the back. But neither of these bothers me much. I love this amp.

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                    • #11
                      I use a mixer.
                      Mark M

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mark M
                        I use a mixer.


                        Aye -
                        And do you run your stereo mix for both onstage monitoring AND for the audience/crowd as well?

                        Or do you run an additional line (mono) or lines (stereo) to the main PA as well?
                        "Gigito ergo sum: I Gig, therefore I Am."


                        Keys:
                        Yamaha MotifXF6 - (bottom tier) & Korg M361 (top)
                        Roland RD300GX (88 keys - smaller gigs & when I play left hand bass)

                        Mixers, Spkrs.:
                        (2) QSC K12's, (2) QSC K10's, (2) QSC K8's
                        1 JBL PRX715XLF Subwoofer
                        Motion Sound KP200S & KP100S kybd. amps (rarely use any more)
                        Allen & Heath MixWiz3, Soundcraft MFXi8, Yamaha MG82cx,
                        Mackie ProFX12, Alesis TransActive 50, [Samson PL1602 - For Sale]
                        Fender Rumble 100 Bass Amp (for Ibanez SR500 Bass)

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                        • #13
                          I use headphones off the mixer to monitor. The left main goes to one Barbetta and the right main goes to the other. If I was in a rock band I'd use a separate mono feed to one Barbetta as my monitor. The mains would go out to the band's board.
                          Mark M

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                          • #14
                            Right -
                            I used to do the exact same thing in a wedding band: run a mono Aux. send to my JBL EON15 G2 & then send L/R stereo mains to the band's front-of-house (FOH) PA. They claimed my keys sounded great in stereo out front. I had to take their word, as all I ever heard was the mono JBL, right by me as a kybd. amp/stage monitor.
                            "Gigito ergo sum: I Gig, therefore I Am."


                            Keys:
                            Yamaha MotifXF6 - (bottom tier) & Korg M361 (top)
                            Roland RD300GX (88 keys - smaller gigs & when I play left hand bass)

                            Mixers, Spkrs.:
                            (2) QSC K12's, (2) QSC K10's, (2) QSC K8's
                            1 JBL PRX715XLF Subwoofer
                            Motion Sound KP200S & KP100S kybd. amps (rarely use any more)
                            Allen & Heath MixWiz3, Soundcraft MFXi8, Yamaha MG82cx,
                            Mackie ProFX12, Alesis TransActive 50, [Samson PL1602 - For Sale]
                            Fender Rumble 100 Bass Amp (for Ibanez SR500 Bass)

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Do u still have and LOVE 31C & 41C? I will be buying a 41C with in 10 days. Some time has pass is it a lasting love?

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