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Specifically:

Yamaha MSR100

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-MSR100-8-Powered-Speaker?sku=600910

or Roland KC150

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Roland-KC150-Keyboard-Mixing-Amp?sku=480193

I am just looking for something to mic the saxophone and run a vocal microphone to. There might be some singing but mostly announcing. Venues are pretty small and honestly most of the time I do not need a mike for the saxophone, but I need to address the audience and have a singer sit in once in a while.

Anyone have experience with both?
 

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That's a tough call. I double on kybd and I'm on the Nord Electro yahoo list. Keybd players swear by the Rolands, but more and more are switching to powered speakers. My concern about the Yamaha is that it's only an 8" speaker and that may not be enough to really do it for for you as a main speaker. I use a pair of Peavey PR10P powered speakers and a Mackie mixer for effects, but I'm mixing the keybd in stereo and the sax mic. You might consider a Peavey, it's less than the Yammie or the Roland and has more power, but there's no EQ on it. Also consider JBL Eon10 or Eon15 powered speakers. They're more money, but people on the Nord list rave about them.
 

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JBL Eon is a solid system. Depending on what you are doing, though, it may be overkill. The advantage of the Eon is that you will be able to extend it into a larger system if needed. Just get another Eon for larger rooms, add a mixer for more inputs and you have a very flexible P.A.

OTOH- I bought my wife a little Peavey KB2 for use in piano studio/ house/office use. It has 3 inputs with XLR and an effects loop. It works great and has plenty of power for her to sing and play through. The price was right, too.

So, if you want something that you can use to build a larger system, maybe go with the Yamaha or JBL. If you want to keep it small, go with the Roland or even the Peavey KB 2.
 

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I don't have experience with the Yamaha, but I do use a Roland KC-150, both to amplify the sound from my sax mike, and also for the keyboard/synth which I use to make "additional sounds" in a covers band. I have been happy with the KC-150, and another member in my band (our "real" keyboard player) has used the similar KC-100 for quite some time.

You might want to look in this "powered speakers" thread on "Keyboard Corner":
http://forums.musicplayer.com/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Number/1728681/page/1
 

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I've got the MSR100 from Yamaha. I think you'll be disappointed trying to use it for the application you mention. It just won't have enough guts to push the sound. I use this speaker on my music PC at home and sometimes as a monitor with my PA mentioned below.

Consider a Kustom Profile PA system for just a bit more. It comes in a nifty roller bag and would do a good job. You'll want to upgrade the speaker patch cords to guitar cords right away.

http://www.zzounds.com/item--KUSPRO1PA

You may even want to look at the Fender model available for a bit less.

http://www.zzounds.com/item--FEN691003000
 

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I like my powered JBLeon10 that I use for my monitor. I found it sounds better IMO then the 15 inch ( at least for sax). Mind you that's just an opinion.
 
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