Trace Elliot Blx80 - is this a good deal?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by project_c, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. project_c


    May 8, 2008
    London, UK
    im thinking of buying a second hand Trace Elliot Gp7 Sm Blx80, the asking price is £180 - is this a fair deal? they're ugly as sin but many people are very fond of them. i'd appreciate any advice / knowledge.
    thanks in advance.

    (edit: apologies, i should have posted this in the amps section)
  2. lowrez

    lowrez no.

    Nov 27, 2004
    New Englandish
    The price "seems" high to me. I like the blx-80 nice thumpy lows. heavy as sin though for a 10 inch combo.
  3. ga_edwards


    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    I had one a few years ago. It was my first proper bass amp.

    It has the classic TE tone, and has a versatile EQ section and a ton of neat features. But, for me it sounds too bright and 'airy', you can't really get a ballsy, middly, growl out of it, but you may like that sort of tone.

    Also being only 80w, it's fine for rehearsals with just a drummer and guitarist, and the odd intimate gig, but once you add another guitarist into the mix, it just doesn't have enough power or headroom. But saying that, becuase of the clever cabinet design, it does seem more powerful than it actually is. The subsquent 250w Warwick CCL combo I replaced it with didn't actually seem that much more powerful!

    I think £180 is over priced, yes it's a good brand name, but it's a bottom of the line model. When I enquired about a p/ex at the bass centre over 7 years ago, they offered my £100. I eventually sold mine privately for not a lot more.

    I'd offer £100, or put down a deposit and ask if you can try it out for a few days or a rehearsal. If not, buy it and ask the seller for a receipt even if you're buying privately. That way you've got a return contract if you decide you don't want it.
  4. does the one you are buying have the tweeter on the front? if not then i would skip it. i had one of the early ones that did not and as you can imagine it got old really fast.
  5. Good advice and realistic price too :)
  6. project_c


    May 8, 2008
    London, UK
    thanks for all the advice - here's a pic of the actual amp:

    it's a private purchase so no refunds, but going by what you say the price is way too high, so i may offer him £100 and see what he says, or just look around a bit more for something else. any other recommendations around the £200 mark? (i can stretch to £300 if necessery, i'm hoping i can get something fairly decent for home use for that).