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Offline David Tomkins

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« on: November 29, 2005, 02:22:39 AM »
have you guys seen the crate powerblock? 150w power amp in omething a sixth of the size of a normal head.  they look weird sitting on top of a cab, but the design possibilities are thrown wide open!  no more big, heavy, cuboid amp heads! hurrah!  don't know what it sounds like but it certainly seem a good idea.[:p]

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Offline IrfaanSE801

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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2005, 10:16:25 PM »
I actually had one for awhile.  I think it benefits the modelling guys most who use it as a poweramp for their Line 6 or Boss units (that's the way I was running it for awhile), but even as a stand alone head it sounded pretty good.  I wouldn't use it as my main amp, but for what it is and for the money, it's pretty neat.
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2006, 06:11:47 PM »
The first gen ones were supposedly recalled for melt down possibilities.  I guess a few of them literally caught fire!  The bugs are worked out now I guess and they are back on the market.  Intriguing little thing... I would get a ZVex nano amp if I were going for an insanely small back up amp!
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2006, 07:20:28 PM »
would be great with a big muff as a backup amp or for someone on a budget.  personally, i think it's great for band practice.  check out how light the crate cab's are, too.  ultra convenient.

that said, the tone has nowhere near the vibe of a nice roland jc 120 nor a fender, mesa boogie, nor marshall jcm900.

first amp i've seen to come with a nylon gig bag, too.  lol
 

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Offline supersecretjim

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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2006, 08:25:44 PM »
Gotta chime in on this one.

Ive had my powerblock for a month now. I bought it specifically for running my Pod xt in stereo through my Genz lynch cab. I think it sounds just awesome in that capacity! It can get monstrously loud too. Easily enough for small gigs.

I was actually totally surprised by its preamp too. Ive owned a couple of old Gallien Krueger ML250s for years & to me it was the best tube sounding solid state amp ever made. Most anyone who has ever owned one will agree. Ive gotta say, the crate sounds just as good, but has less gain going on. Think of the crate as plexi-type distortion. I put my tube screamer re-issue in front of it & got a pretty good 80s metal tone.

For the paltry sum of $200.00, I cant see anyone NOT having some use for this, either to amplify modeling amps (my main use & its best feature) or as a backup or a cheap practice amp.

Well worth the $200.00

Only issue is: I wish it could push a 4 Ohm load in mono. It only does 8 Ohm min @ 150 watts

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« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2006, 03:59:13 PM »
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Originally posted by kurtisqpublic

I would get a ZVex nano amp if I were going for an insanely small back up amp!
~Kurt



Ditto, I want one of those things!

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Offline supersecretjim

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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2006, 07:13:00 PM »
Totally different animal. But pretty cool toy. Ill have to see if cowtown has any in next time Im in Vegas. Ill try one out.

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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2006, 10:56:43 AM »
There is an issue on some of these -- if you have one and it starts "dying" in cycles (on then fades to off and then back on ... repeat) it's because there is no load on one of the FETs. Warranty issue -- fixed for free (and the warranty on these things is like five years.)

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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2006, 11:58:01 AM »
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Originally posted by cgarlie

 (and the warranty on these things is like five years.)



Yeah that 5 year warrenty is nice. I am thinking about possibly gettin one.


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« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2006, 06:13:44 PM »
Too bad Crate stuff sounds horrible. It would be a real shame to play a nice guitar like a Parker thru something like that, IMHO...
 

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« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2006, 09:41:45 AM »
Well....I thought the same, based on past & relatively recent crate amp experiences. This product is different, as well as the Crate acoustic amps...those things rock. Try a Crate 112 acoustic, youll see. Power block is awesome for what it is too. For $200.00 nothing can even come close. For modelers, its the bomb. It really surprised my friends in Vegas too. Loud as hell, and with a tube screamer in front, good 80s metal.

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« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2006, 09:22:58 PM »
I can understand someone prefering a tube amp over a solid state or vice versa but I can't understand someone using a blanket statement like "all Crate stuff sounds horrible"  First of all I sincerly doubt you have tried all of Crate's stuff and you will not find any solid state amp with near as good of a warranty and great customer service even for someone who is not the original owner.  I'll agree the the very early Crate offerings were not much to listen to or look at for that matter.  However, just because something is reasonably priced does not mean it is junk.  I have played and owned almost all the big name brand amps and I have always had a Crate to use when those high dollar amps shot their wad at a gig.  I cannot tell you how many times my back up amp has helped me or someone else in the band out of a tight jamb.  I would never be ashamed or dissappointed to play any of my Parkers through one.

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« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2006, 09:58:32 PM »
Hey Jim, you said you run a powerblock for your PODxt.  How much does the powerblock color the sound? How do you set it up?  Do you run guitar>PODxt>powerblock>cab?  This might be a good option for me if I have a venue where I need to run a speaker cab, if I can't have any in-ear monitors.

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« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2006, 06:30:39 PM »
Its pretty transparent actually. I run my guitar to the Pod xt, stereo outs to the Powerblock stereo ins, out the Powerblock in stereo to a Genz Lynch cab.

Sounds huge & extremely loud. So worth the money. I was running the powerblock thru my Mesa Roadking & XXX heads, but have recently down sized & this sounds more transparent. Im a firm believer of solid state to solid state & tubes to tubes. Running a Pod through a tube amp does nothing for your sound. When you want very clean amplification in a small size, the Powerblock is it.

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« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2007, 06:42:21 PM »
ive just been looking at these, Theyre currently going at $49 ($94.59) on soundcontrol.co.uk I'm really tempte to get one as a 2nd amp/headphone amp. Its not like it breaks the bank either!



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