Ok, I am back with a more detailed review. I bought the BXL3000 amp and overall it is quite good for the money. HOWEVER, driving this amp hard will blow it up. Case in point; After having the amp for two days, I decided to crank it up and test the limits. Having an active bass, I was playing on channel 1 and having the volume full up on both input and master, my finger slipped off one of the strings and popped the speaker. I took it apart and saw that the fuses were not blown and the "protective circuitry" did not save the speaker b/c I had power to the unit but put the meter on the speaker and it was blown. So after paying 70 bucks to ship it back for a new one, lesson learned. I would not play this amp hard but it was hitting hard at 12 o'clock and 3 o'clock on the volume knob. I would not go any more in fear of blowing it up again. I wonder if I was on channel 2 running the compressor would I have prevented the speaker from burning out? Probably not.
If I blow the speaker up again, I am going to put in a higher rated speaker and have the fuses pop rather then the speaker. So right now with a total of $320 into the amp (price of amp and shipping back) I would give it a cautious buy to anyone who is in the market for a combo amp.
So aside from that...it does make a good practice amp. I don't think I would trust it for a gig b/c of the speaker going out on me rather than the fuses and to this date I am not sure why that did not happen. However, I do like the wedge shape to it where you can rock it back or have it stand straight-up.
Needed service and was quite good. Only bad thing was I had to ship it back that cost me 70 bucks!
3 out of 10
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By a customer from yahoo.com
Style of Music: rock
Experience: active musician
"Poor quality and cheep construction."
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
I had a very bad experience with this amp. Out of the box it was defictive. Distorted sound at any volume. I know it was cheep so U should not expect much but this was really bad. I took the speaker out to see if there was a loose wire or something and noticed that there was not even a cooling fan. So I doubt it would last very long if you were pushing it.
Very good support. I returned it with no problems.
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