I bought this from Musicians Friend for $160, but it had free shipping which saved me about $33.
This thing is LOUD. For being only 60 watts RMS, I was REALLY surprised at how much this thing can put out. I play it at volume 4 (otherwise my parents complain)but it handles my 5 string very well. I really like the Shape feature, too. It adds a sort of compressor sound to it, and it can go from very punchy, treble punk style to really bassy and full. This thing shakes my house, too. I'd recommend it to anyone.
I play a 5 string, and at higher volumes, it kind of lets up on the very low frequencies, for example: if I've got the shape on 10 (out of 12), it'll give me a very solid bass sound. It's awesome on the top 4 strings, but if you play the 5th (low B)open, it's not at the same decibel level as the others, if that makes sense. I'm not sure if this is normal with a 5 string, but that's how it is. Also, if you have the shape up past 10, you lose your treble a good bit, but if you like a lot of bass sound, and like to feel it, not hear it, this is your amp.
The construction is pretty nice. This is a hefty sucker. When I got it, I didn't expect it to be as heavy as it is. The speaker can handle a good bit (it's rated at 100W RMS) so don't worry about it blowing out or anything. The Tolex covering (or whatever it is) is nice, too. The circuits seem to be well-made, too. The whole thing doesn't overheat, which I've had trouble with in the past (Ampeg 2x10). Very well made.
This amp, for the price, is AWESOME. It's loud, sturdy, flexible, and portable. If you're looking for a small gig amp that won't let you down, this is the one for you. Compared to my friend's Carvin 8x10 stack, it's not loud or anything, but that's hardly fair to compare it to a stack. I'd say that if you put this next to an SWR LA-15, this thing would kick its ASS. The LA-15 has only got the wattage on it, which this baby can easy catch up to. Overall, this is a very well-made amp that I'm gonna be hanging onto.
Purchased in Feb. '03 from American Musical Supply.com fro $115.00 plus shipping. Purchased because of perceived value based of feature/price ratio.
Many features including 3-band Eq, passsive & active inputs, tape in, line out as well as headphone jacks. Very portable (not too heavy).
Upon delivery of the amp, the packaging was so badly damaged that I took photographs of it before opening the box as a precaution in case there was any damage to the actual unit. There was no visible damage but I was surprised to find no power cord and no English language owner's manual in the box. I contacted AMS and they sent out a power cord and manual.
After about 4 months of gentle use as a practice amp, it developed a loud buzzing noise whenever certain notes were played. This happens even at low volume. Since it was past the 45-day period, American Musical Supply would not accept a return. After sending several unanswered emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, I found the telephone number for your US office.
When I contacted Behringer customer service department, I was given a return authorization number. I told the Service Administrator that assisted me that I was unhappy with Behringer's policy requiring the customer to pay the shipping costs to their authorized repair center. The customer service rep. indicated that I would have to ship the amp to a service center in NYC at my own expense to have it repaired. It cost over $20 to have the amp shipped to the repair center.
I contacted American Musical Supply's customer service department but they would not do anything to help me with this issue. When I spoke to their customer service manager, she said, "That's the risk you take when ordering products on the Internet."
After receiving the unit back from the repair center, I tested the unit and the problem has NOT been resolved. The unit continues to buzz very loudly whenever certain notes are played on the bass guitar. This unit is obviously defective.
The quality of this unit is in my opion, very poor to the the ongoing issue with the buzzing. Other than that, the physical contruction of the cabinet seems to be sound.
Buyer beware! I would not recommend purchasing any equipment from Behringer or American Musical Supply. The customer service for both companies is poor. The quality of the Behringer product is very poor. They do not have a developed service network in the US.
Before purchasing a product on-line, find out where the companies nearest repair center is located. Stick to manufacturers that have local repair centers to avoid shipping costs.
I bought this amp from Musiciansfriend.com for $139.99. I bought it because I was in desperate need of a semi-loud bass amp to play gigs, and this amp was what I was looking for at a very low price.
I love this amp. It is LOUD. It came at a very nice price, and is good quality. I like the tone shape filter, because it works just like a bass compressor pedal. It lets you get a huge variety of sounds along with the equalizers. And it's LOUD, very loud for 60 watts. So loud that it made a light bulb go out in my room when I didn't even have it up to full power. This thing shakes my house too. My parents HATE it. But I love it.
There is nothing that I have found wrong with this amp. I've played it pretty hard for the 3 months I've had it, and it still works perfectly, has no noise or feedback.
This thing is built to last. Like I said, I play it rough and it's still in perfect condition. I'm not so rough on the outside (even though the outside is built like a tank too) but I'm rough on the speaker. The speaker still sounds good and can produce "earthquakes" in my house.
I am proud of this amp. It has 60 watts of bass power. It produces a wide variety of sounds. And I think it will last a good long while. It is nearly the best $139.99 that a bassist can spend.