I'm sort of in the market for a new keyboard amp. Don't get me wrong; my current amp, a Peavey KB3, is an awesome amp. It's got plenty of power. It sounds great. It's got plenty of inputs. It's got every feature I could want in a keyboard amp, including a special monitoring input that allows me to use it as a keyboard mixer/amp and a monitor wedge at the same time. And, it was reasonably priced. What more could I possibly want, for goodness sake?!? Simple.
Controls on the face of the amp, not on the top all the way at the back, where I can't see them easily when I reach to make a quick adjustment. See, I either raise my amp off the floor behind me, so it's closer to my head, or angle it back on a floor stand, so that the speaker is facing up like a floor wedge. That way, I can hear what I'm playing, as opposed to shooting the sound past my knees.
Controls on modestly-priced (sub-$300) amps were on the front, once upon a time. My first keyboard amp (Peavey KB100) and my second keyboard amp (Peavey KB/A60) had front-facing controls. So, what's with the trend to put them at the back? Just because Roland (undoubtedly, the makers the most popular series of keyboard amps out there) has been putting them back there for years, it's not necessarily a good idea.
So, how 'bout it, friends. Any ideas on a comparable amp that has its knobbies on the front, where I can see 'em, that won't break the bank?