what a GREAT little amp!
Let me start by saying, the folks at Sweetwater are just the kind of folks that every musician hopes to find on the other end of the phone, when they're trying to figure out if they're buying the right gear. Nice folks! Not in a rush to get your order and get you off the phone. I had a few questions and they gave me thoughtful and informed answers. Thanks, that's meant a lot to me.
Now, The important part, the gear itself. I'm a 70 year old street musician who's been through a lot of phases from the sixties to present day music. Bought a lot of equipment in my time, some good, some not. Most of it has been in the $ 500.00 to $1000.00 range. I have never been as pleased with a piece of gear as I have been with the Roland Cube street EX. It's almost as if someone asked me what I wanted, and then designed it just for me. And designed it with the best results possible, no shortcuts. I don't know how Roland produced an Amp That has such sound quality and weighs so little, and at a very modest price. When I got it out of the Box and plugged it in, I plucked One string. When I heard the sweet pure sound of that note, I knew I had a winner ! It only got better from there. The effects let me round out the sound that fit my style and technique. This is the first amp I've owned where the effects don't have a sweet spot, the whole range is very usual, 1-to-10. Very linier. The mike preamps are great with a variety of mikes, and on the streets, you need All the help you can get. I was a little concerned that I'd have enough power if I was in a noisy location. Not to worry, quality of the sound is consistent from low to loud, and has all the power I could ever want. The weight is GREAT.
Sometimes I have park quite a ways from where I'm going to play. It's nice to know that you're not going to pull a muscle and still get to your location with a top notch piece of gear that will show of your efforts to the max. This amp is so flexable that I probably won't use all the features, but who knows.
My only shortcoming is the tuner, It's a hassle to reach down and select each string you wont to tune .
I hope this helps someone out there make a choice that works for them The Roland Cube Street Ex fits all my needs at any price.