PA system Alternative?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Petespaeth, Jun 7, 2015.

  1. Petespaeth

    Petespaeth TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    35
    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2013
    Location:
    New Jersey
    So, I'm a broke college student who has just started playing bar cover gigs. Any body have any cheap alternatives? Any ideas on how to wire a standard receiver and some old speakers? I'd rather not have to spend any more money since I just paid $750 for a 2012 American Standard Strat.
     
  2. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    56
    Posts:
    5,868
    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2014
    Location:
    Sacramento, California
    Ouch.

    I picked up a Peavey KB60 Keyboard amp for $75 that my band still uses as a PA. I've tricked it out with a Behringer 4-channel passive mixer and we chain to a Crate active monitor, but the Peavey alone works fine for small venues if you're just hooking a couple of mics to it or doing a solo acoustic gig.

    Watch Craigslist for super bargains. They show up if you're patient.
     
  3. paulie

    paulie TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    72
    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2013
    Location:
    Central Coast NSW Oz
    I use my Cobra keyboard amp as the PA for small gigs. Works a treat. It's probably worth $100 at most. You could add a small mixer if needed.

    paulie
     
  4. Jimmy Dean

    Jimmy Dean Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,849
    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2009
    Location:
    Portland, OR, houseboat
    Powerwerks PW-50 or PW-100 powered speakers. The 50 watters sell for $99 at GC (labeled as Kustom). They have a 3 ch mixer built in & you can daisy chain 4 of them together. I have 5 of the PW-50s, 2 I use at home, 3 for stage monitors in my band. I have 1 PW-100 & am getting a second this week for mains. They also have a sub woofer output at 150hz. They are lite & sound great.
     
  5. studio

    studio Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    7,299
    Joined:
    May 27, 2013
    Location:
    California
    So, you have a $1000 dollar guitar and you want to
    run vocals through a funky home stereo for gigs?

    [​IMG]
    You could always go the Rudy Vallee route.
    It worked at the Speakeasy houses back in the day.
    There was also a surge to use amplified megaphones
    for awhile in the 1990's.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. getbent

    getbent Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    35,985
    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2006
    Location:
    San Benito County, California
    go busk for 3 weekends at a decent spot. Learn some classic songs that will make people hum and dance... take the proceeds and buy a used PA.

    use your art to finance your art. it is the best way.
     
  7. tele_pathic

    tele_pathic Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    47
    Posts:
    2,754
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2009
    Location:
    St. George, UT
    There is no "alternative" to a good PA system. A good PA costs money. It doesn't have to cost a fortune, but it does cost money. As the saying goes, "you gots to spends da money to make da money."
     
  8. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    14,120
    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2010
    Location:
    Up North
    Get an acoustic guitar amp that you can plug a vocal mic in to.
     
  9. old guitar player

    old guitar player Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,067
    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2007
    Location:
    the basement
    No....do not bother trying this.


    You can pick up one of these or something similar for like $100 on the used market. It'll do for small pub/patio type gigs.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. SamClemons

    SamClemons Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    5,178
    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2011
    Location:
    Jasper, TN
    Any kind of amp and mixer have the potential to work. You can get high power ss guitar amps pretty cheap on craigslist and if you need more than one mike, get a small cheap mixer. Some rigs like this can sound surprisingly good. I have used may Roland Cube 100 bass amp a number of times as a pretty powerful PA system.
     
  11. bigbean

    bigbean Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    1,311
    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2013
    Location:
    Hartville OH
    source a used JBL EON (any size-any age) on a stick (tripod stand)
    a crap 6 input Behringer Mixer (1) Shure PG58 on a OnStage boom stand

    You should be able to CL that stuff for less than $400.

    Set everything on all products to 12 o'clock or mid way.

    You will have a performance PA that will sound better than 90% of the stuff in this whorl' for a 40' 120 deg pattern indoor or outdoor.
     
  12. cowboytwang

    cowboytwang Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    7,818
    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2003
    Location:
    Sonoran Desert
    Forget about using home stereo gear, keyboard, or acoustic guitar amps, because ALL of those cost more than just getting used PA gear. Sound reinforcement gear for entry level and mid-level gigs are the cheapest they have ever been, and depending on your region, they can be found all over Craigslist, eBay, and Pawn Shops.
    I have people coming up to me all the time trying to offer me old PA gear. I recently bought 5 home made monitors and two Crown K2 power amps from some guy for $100.
    The gear is old and heavy, but it works, and could be used for a full PA with a nice little mixer. I bought it because the 5 monitors were built with JBL K-120 speakers. So I've been taking those speakers out and selling them on eBay for $200 each.
     
  13. jb12string

    jb12string Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    38
    Posts:
    1,550
    Joined:
    May 1, 2009
    Location:
    South Central PA
    I second cowboytwang, or just call a local PA company and see if you can rent something. I'd look for something like a QSC K122
     
  14. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    7,814
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2014
    Location:
    UK
    This. Save up and get a nice acoustic combo with instrument and mic inputs. Will get you mobile and amplified for small gigs nicely. Did a few years with a duo sharing a 50w Marshall acoustic amp

    Old PAs turn up a lot in second hand music gear stores. Always 3 or 4 sets in stores near here, but it can quickly become a lot to haul around and the newer stuff is much more compact.

    There are some cheap powered mixers to look at too to build up a system.

    How big a gig? How many in the group to mic up? Plans for the future?
     
  15. Slowpoke

    Slowpoke Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    81
    Posts:
    1,109
    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2011
    Location:
    Mandurah. West Australia
    I use a 60 watt Fishman Loudbox Mini for guitar and Microphone and its just right for busking or cafe work..:lol:
     
  16. RedRock

    RedRock Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    910
    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2008
    Location:
    Nevada

    Pictures? :eek:
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.