Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Crate BX80 80W Bass Amp


This was my primary amp for a long time.  It's pushing 20 years old and it still works fine.  I used to lug this around to practice until I decided that buying another amp was worth the reduction in hassle.  It is now a practice amp for me.  Its got a pretty decent array of controls.  With the pre-shape, low and high boost and graphic equalizer you can dial in a good variety of tones.  The single 15" speaker has good low end boom, and is plenty loud enough for a garage band type of setup.  And if your neighbors and/or family complains, it has a headphone jack for practicing in the wee hours.

The BX80 is now out of production, but Crate has the manual available here.  I saw one on Craigslist for $100, and compared to what you can get new for that price, I think I'd go for another one of these if mine ever crapped out.  I know Crate isn't exactly considered the upper tier when it comes to brands, but it sounds good for what it is: cheap and reliable.  I'm still working on a live recording setup that doesn't suck, but I hope to record a respectable sample featuring the Cat Bass and Zoom 506B through this amp.

2 comments:

  1. Just bought this amp on craigslist over the summer for 50 bucks. Great tone, great volume, but insanely heavy.

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  2. Yeah, that works out to like $.75/lb or something. :P

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