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I have a Yamaha EV 204 violin, and if I want to play and have it be audible, I need some sort of an amp. I really don't want to spend more than $100 so I was hoping to find something used. I hit the pawn shops and found dozens of amps of all price ranges, sizes and ages....but I have absolutely no clue what I need, and of course the guys at the pawn shop know tons about gold jewelry and weapons but not so much about electric violins. I want this mainly so I can fool around with my effects pedal (a zoom G1X) and my loop station....not really planning to use it for performance, although I wouldn't rule it out. Also my six year old son has his heart set on amplifying his violin using the mic from my accoustic viola, God help us.
Can anyone give me some direction as to what I should be looking for? Thanks in advance.
I would save up and get one of these acoustic Marshall amps:
I have this amp as well as many amps and I think you will like it. If you're willing to spend $100, wait and figure out how to get a couple $100 more.
I have a Yamaha 10 channel mixer and I have it run through my stereo. The nice thing about this setup is I can have my Korg metronome run into one channel and I can input backing music into other channels. I turn the speakers off and listen through my headphones or turn the speakers on and blow the windows out. I also have my computer wired into the amp so I can use mixing software and record directly on my computer. I have a lot of versatility with this set up.
Here's a link to a Behringer mixer that's just $99 and you could use just to play through a stereo or computer and or both. Plus your son could plug a mic through it as well. This mixers are great. Seen them in action.
Here's a Youtube video on it:
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