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.
Posted by Bass Bottom Feeder at 6:03 PM