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So have they officially quit making Crate amps?

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I haven't seen new Crate amp in a guitar store for years and was just wondering if they are still in business. I know they are owned by Loud Technologies who also owns Ampeg and Blackheart.

 

Anyone know what happened?

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So basically they still make the same amps since 2006. My god.....

 

I think they know, on some level, that their name is poison*. It's telling that when they joined the overseas, low priced, small amp rush a few years back, they did it under the Blackheart brand name.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* ETA: ironic, since I distinctly remember CC Deville endorsing them back in the 80s.

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LOUD Technologies (current owner of Crate) is local and know several people that have worked then, including one Vice President. They are such a mess these days I am surprised they are making anything anymore.

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I thought LOUD Technologies were in China, and they have their factories in both China and Vietnam?

 

Yup. Headquarter still technically in Woodinville, WA, last I heard.

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So basically they still make the same amps since 2006. My god.....

 

its because they found the holy grail of tones.

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Crate produced a genuinely genius product: The Powerblock.

 

Less than 10 lbs, over 100 watts, could be run in Stereo, and didn't sound terrible. It was a gigging musician's answer to prayers for an emergency back-up amp, and if you live in a city where you take mass transportation, it solved so many logistical problems that it was worth it's weight in gold.

 

Seriously: the Powerblock was a stroke of genius.

 

What did Crate do?

 

They discontinued it.

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Crate produced a genuinely genius product: The Powerblock.


Less than 10 lbs, over 100 watts, could be run in Stereo, and didn't sound terrible. It was a gigging musician's answer to prayers for an emergency back-up amp, and if you live in a city where you take mass transportation, it solved so many logistical problems that it was worth it's weight in gold.


Seriously: the Powerblock was a stroke of genius.


What did Crate do?


They discontinued it.

 

I read this entire post in a German accent.

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Crate produced a genuinely genius product: The Powerblock.


Less than 10 lbs, over 100 watts, could be run in Stereo, and didn't sound terrible. It was a gigging musician's answer to prayers for an emergency back-up amp, and if you live in a city where you take mass transportation, it solved so many logistical problems that it was worth it's weight in gold.


Seriously: the Powerblock was a stroke of genius.


What did Crate do?


They discontinued it.

I remember reading about that. IIRC, it would also handle wildly fluctuating voltages from like 90 to 140 volts, just in case you wanted to play in the middle of a lake or on top of a mountain with sloppy generator power or some such...:love:

 

Discontinued....:facepalm:

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Don't get me started on Loud. Mackie, now Ampeg, and others are just as screwed as Crate. St Louis Music was a blessing compared to Loud.

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i always wondered about the powerblock myself. never ended up needing poweramp though

 

PowerBlock is one of their greatest small amp solutions imo. I grabbed three when GC was closing them out for $59. So many thought Crate would do another version after the sell off and discontinued PB, but it never happened.

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Crate produced a genuinely genius product: The Powerblock.


Less than 10 lbs, over 100 watts, could be run in Stereo, and didn't sound terrible. It was a gigging musician's answer to prayers for an emergency back-up amp, and if you live in a city where you take mass transportation, it solved so many logistical problems that it was worth it's weight in gold.


Seriously: the Powerblock was a stroke of genius.


What did Crate do?


They discontinued it.

 

^^^ This

I still own one of these , brilliant bit of kit.

I take it to every gig , it has saved me a few times , hell its even been used as a bass head once and as a poweramp to run a foldback wedge.

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