Crate BX80XL Reviews 5

I bought this unit for 60 second-hand. It was decrepid and looked terrible, but the sound was amazing.

Once I got it cleaned up at home it looked almost brand new. It has, from left to right: passive imput, active input, gain, pre-shape, low boost, 7 band eq, high boost, master volume, fx loop, phones out, xlr out and last but definatly not least a power button. Lots of stuff for 60! It has a killer bass tone, even after all these years.

Its too heavy! Far too heavy. But its the only sacrifice really. One more thing, so far as I can tell this is the one review for this amp out there. There is a BX40XL on this page, but no 80 watt. Crate stopped producing this line ages ago and swapped to the BFX line. Ive tried them, and they dont sound as good. (The old ones really are the best ones!)

Must be well built to survive since what? Caveman times? The tolex is coming off in places so I plan to change it to carpet some time soon.

It gets a good work out at least once a week when our band practices, and itll be there when we start gigging soon. My poractice amp is a Frontman 15B and thats a different story. Buzz and hiss galore, but thats for a different review.

Jack Elliott (Ignorance Bassist) rated this unit 5 on 2003-07-30.

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