My daughter plays violin in a band and right now they have several shows lined up. I just bought her a pick up yesterday, but now need a way for her to be heard. I have read about amps but also PA systems. I am not musically inclined(although I love to sing in the car) and I really have no idea where to begin. I don't want to invest hundreds of dollars as she is only 12 and who knows how long she will be involved in this project. Any advice would be welcomed and appreciated!!!
Well, depending on the band's PA, she might be fine for now and they can just plug her pickup into the PA so she can be heard by the audience. That would all depend on what they have for a PA and how they use it.
If you do end up having to buy her an amp of her own, there is something you may want to think about. If you buy one that is too small, you end up just buying a bigger one anyway, and the smaller one wasn't "being sensible" but just a waste of money.
How big she actually would need will depend on the volume of the band, what sort of gigs they play and etc. It isn't a "one size fits all" kind of thing.
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I am by no means an expert about amps but I know that the first one I bought was too heavy (as in lbs.) and it was not really high power. It was maybe 30 watts but I could not carry it and the violin, etc. without 2 trips.
I finally sank to 10 watts and it was fine for a medium size church with 5 or 6 knobs to play with.
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