I purchased the Crate GLX212 amp at Ken's Music in Kennett, MO for around $600. By the time they figured in shipping and all and in case repair was needed, I figured it would be better to buy the amp locally instead of from a catalog.
I bought the amp because I liked the on board effects and it has the sweetest clean sound I've ever heard. It really went a long way in defining my "sound." It has plenty of power for any gig I play at and as soon as I can, I'm going to get a Crate 4x12 cab to extend my range. You can't go wrong with this beast!
if I had to say one thing about this amp I don't like, it would have to be the weight of the unit. It can get a little bulky moving it around.
as I stated, I'm not crazy about how heavy it is, but this lends to the quality construction of the amp. This thing can take life on the road and ask for more.
The crate is the best amp I've ever owned. If you're considering a Marshall, line 6 or even a Mesa Boogie. Take a serious look at the glx212.
Musician's Friend - $499.99 - Seems to be the standard price online for this unit through various vendors.
This is a big, tough, loud amplifier. 120 watts RMS pumping 2 12" Crate Speakers. Buy some ear protection.
For a solid-state amp, this unit has very nice gain with a tube-like tone. It has 16 digital effects, which all sound quite nice (24 bit effects) and are actually useful compared to what you'd normally expect in an all-in-one package. It has a crystal-clear clean channel, a crunch channel and a solo channel with EQ for each. 3-button footswitch is included and allows you to switch between channels and turn effects on and off.
The Crate channel-tracking feature is excellent. Once you set an effect and effect level to a channel, the amp remembers the setting for each channel (even after turned off). Works out quite nicely. I dig the SRV sound, so I use the "rotating speaker" effect on the clean channel, and it's very convincing. A little chorus/reverb on the crunch channel, and flange/delay on the solo channel, and everything is set for gigging/jamming.
Oh, did I mention switchable lighted control panel? Very good for low-light situations. It also has a lighted, built-in tuner on the top of the unit that is always on, and has an integrated mute switch for quick tuning.
Nothing to note.
As always, Crate builds a great product (Made in the USA). Sturdy construction with no flaws to note. It weighs in at 56 lbs, so it's not something you want to lug around a lot, though the recessed carrying handle is extremely rugged should you need to do so.
Great product, great value. Once I'm able, I'll get a 4x12 cabinet to set this unit on (it has external speaker cabinet outputs). Plenty of guts for a good sized venue.