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bass_boy1
08-02-2004, 11:34 AM
Hey bass people,

Just thought I should let people know about something I've encountered.
I've had a Behringer BX1200 for about 8 months now. It was fine up until the other day (apart from a blown fuse) when the power amp simply blew during a rehersal. I really like this amp, i think it has great sounds, features etc. but apparently many other people have had this happen too. Mine's still under warranty so I'm getting free repairs on it but the store I got it from told me they've had loads of returns of the BX1200's (dunno about the 600's).

I was told if mine blows again I can exchange it for a different amp so I'll let you know whether it does go again. It's a strange problem because it's a really good amp at a really good price, and if you get one that doesn't break then it's brilliant but if it does keep breaking then what's the point in having it?!?!

Hope that's of interest and help

Bass_boy1

longviewer
08-02-2004, 04:25 PM
I've had the 600 for a about a year now and I haven't had a problem *knocks on wood*

jimdunlop73mmpic
08-03-2004, 06:50 AM
i have a 1200 too and i agree it a gr8 but ive only had it 4 about 6months n nothins happend yet apart from fuses blowing thx for leting me kno :thumb:

Dallinger
08-05-2004, 10:17 PM
Ive had a 600 for roughyl a year now, and actually in the past week I think I have blown a fuse, what it does is make this odd vibrating / wavering sound come from it, and when I strike a note it just changes the tone of the noise.

DaveTNG
08-10-2004, 07:44 AM
i just got my bx1200 today :) i'll let ya know if i have any problems

i'm_soooo_emo
08-10-2004, 05:19 PM
yeah i know two people who have had this amp and both of them have had problems with it.

Cpl_Fatty
08-10-2004, 10:51 PM
i recently just bought the bx3000t. i've had no problems with it and it sounds awesome. has anyone heard/know of any problems with this.

timmySmi
08-11-2004, 03:46 PM
Just got mine today guys it's great sounds awesome and really good value for money does'nt seem anything wrong with it.



at the moment. :amaze:

wishiwaskurt210
08-22-2004, 01:21 AM
ive had my bx600 for about a year and six months the only problem i had was the speaker came loose after about 2 months i just had to tightin the screws and it was fine

Addiction543
08-25-2004, 10:40 PM
i have the bx 600, and the power amp blew up too, it sounds good, and is a loud 60 watts, kind of dissapointing that the power amps blow up, but you get what you pay for i guess

fallen angel2121
08-28-2004, 04:21 AM
Just a question: those who have had the BX1200 and had something (other than the fuse) blow, was it on a high volume at the time? I'm probably going to buy one soon, mostly for band practice and so it won't be on full volume most of the time.

Fallen Angel

liar,lie,lie,lie
09-06-2004, 08:01 AM
ne1 know some good levels for the 600

bassman46
09-06-2004, 11:08 AM
I just got my BX 1200 3 days ago, and discovered a strage problem on Sunday, while doing the music service at my church. I had played the amp at home for the first 2 days after purchase, and everything was fine. When I plugged in the balanced XLR out to the board, it seemed to lose power. As I truned up the master volume control I noticed that the sound would get louder until about the 4 position, then gradually add distortion, and at about 6 on the dial would cut out completely! I discovered that it is related to the phantom power being on. Tried it at home with an audio buddy pre, and the same thing happened. As soon as I shut off phantom power, it was fine. Anybody else try this?

Zedthephish
10-18-2004, 11:02 PM
Apparently the phantom power thing is just a design flaw. My BX1200 just died the other day, I'm pretty sure the connection between the on/off switch and the wires is faulty but I'm not sure. Anyone care to help?

dUSK
10-19-2004, 03:34 AM
I've also had the problem of the amp "blowing" and the problem not being the fuse. I was with my band, and we had a break to go to McDonalds. Noone was in the house so my amp wasn't touched and when we got back my amp would not start. I had to send my amp back to Sydney for repairs, I was left without an amp for 3 weeks. I think their must be a fault with them judging by the number of people on here with similiar problems.

Lumberjacker
11-19-2004, 12:19 AM
Thanks for the review.

jurialmunkey
12-16-2004, 02:35 PM
Behringer stuff is so cheaply made. I would never buy behringer. It breaks so easily and although it may sound good, is completely unreliable. Maybe its good to use at home, but when your playing live I would never trust a behringer - I'd rather have something that is more reliable (when live playing everything that could possibly go wrong nearly always does @the moment you least expect it!!).

the_unknown_one1976
12-18-2004, 10:39 AM
The Behringer Ultrabass BX 1200 (combo amp) rocks! :D Had it for +/- 6 months now and had no problems with it yet (except something that was not the amps fault)

MyBassDevoursYours
12-27-2004, 03:52 PM
My amp died within the first three hours I bought it. Although it was replaced as soon as I stopped at the store, I would recommend buying something..what's the word..sturdier? Don't get me wrong, it has a good sound and everything is top notch, but if an amp stops working within the first hours of use something's obviously faulty.

bastard son of boris karloff
01-10-2005, 02:08 PM
Hey bass people,

Just thought I should let people know about something I've encountered.
I've had a Behringer BX1200 for about 8 months now. It was fine up until the other day (apart from a blown fuse) when the power amp simply blew during a rehersal. I really like this amp, i think it has great sounds, features etc. but apparently many other people have had this happen too. Mine's still under warranty so I'm getting free repairs on it but the store I got it from told me they've had loads of returns of the BX1200's (dunno about the 600's).

I was told if mine blows again I can exchange it for a different amp so I'll let you know whether it does go again. It's a strange problem because it's a really good amp at a really good price, and if you get one that doesn't break then it's brilliant but if it does keep breaking then what's the point in having it?!?!

Hope that's of interest and help

Bass_boy1



i got mine for christmas and u just scared the **** out of me cos its a f****in deadly am

esp_bassist19
01-11-2005, 09:23 PM
if it were me id spend the extra few dollars and buy a 100 watt swr or fender those are both great amps

the apex of cool
01-13-2005, 03:15 PM
Thats that amp off my list.

Untitled
01-13-2005, 03:42 PM
My amp died within the first three hours I bought it. Although it was replaced as soon as I stopped at the store, I would recommend buying something..what's the word..sturdier? Don't get me wrong, it has a good sound and everything is top notch, but if an amp stops working within the first hours of use something's obviously faulty.
Dude, my amp wont even turn on.

/gets home. plugs amp on.
Me - arnt the lights supposed to come on.
Mum/Shrugs.

I know its fine though, the one i got is the display one from the shop, so i know its fine, i think it may have a blown fuse or sumet, im taking it to the shop, i have a waranty on it for a year or so.

H to the ickle
01-13-2005, 10:28 PM
I've had a BX-600 for over 2 years and no problems, that's unfortunate about yours though.

hio
04-30-2005, 08:06 PM
I've had my 1200 for over a year now and no problems

Brew
05-01-2005, 06:23 AM
I've had a BX-600 for about a month now and have had no problems with it yet.

wishiwaskurt210
05-05-2005, 02:33 PM
ive had a BX 600 for about 2 years and i havent had any problems with .

Jamie
05-08-2005, 04:59 PM
Mine has been perfect apart from a blown fuse when i first got it :thumb:

kev_trb1006
05-08-2005, 05:19 PM
mine was reliable enough when i had it......it just had a very sterile tone which is why i got rid of it. not an amp for those who like warm tones

RichardBruce
05-08-2005, 06:28 PM
Just got the BX1200 I ordered several weeks ago, and had the same problems. Won't go past 4 with the XLR OR the pre-amp out connected. And it sounds wimpy - not any better than my BX300. So back it goes!

Tim_Tabasco
06-06-2005, 03:31 PM
im using this one since august 2004 - 80% of time time with the maximum volume possible...

_no_ problems at all, except for some crakling at very low frequenzies, but i guess thats quite acceptable at maximum volume & quite high gain...

bass&cookies
06-11-2005, 10:59 PM
i have had one for about 5 months and no problems yet. it doesnt quite give me the bright tone ive been looking for, so im thinking about selling it. any sugestions for a good amp with simmilar wattage??

skaplease5588
06-12-2005, 09:08 PM
Awww man, you guys are bumming me out. I got my BX1200 about a month ago, from musician's friend. Do they offer any kind of warantee? Maybe I'll get lucky and not have any problems with it. Were any of you guys who had problems playing at higher volumes? Hopefully so, cause I don't usually turn it past 5 or 6.

Mr. Pickle
06-13-2005, 01:01 AM
i had that amp for about a year and then i had to upgrade and now i use the bx3000t and i haven't had a single problem with either of them. I used the bx1200 for everything too, band practice, we used it a halo parties for sound, and we used to always hook cd players up to it so we could listen to a song before we tried. With behringer u get what u pay for but as long as you take care of it, it will be good to you.

Mr. P

Left Shoe
06-21-2005, 07:19 AM
i dig bx1200's no problem here

the_unknown_one1976
07-21-2005, 06:56 AM
I've posted in this thread +/- half a year ago. Now, I've had my BX1200 for +/- a year and still no problems. The sound is great, i love it.

skingle
07-28-2005, 06:05 AM
I have a couple of questions, how much is the 1200?

and is it 1200 watts or 120 watts?

thanks in advance

Tim_Tabasco
07-28-2005, 03:22 PM
its 120watts

skapls - with mine its no problem to play higher volumes - master@max/gain@80%/bass@max it sound like i use distortion at this volume but thats what i want and it doesnt seem to do any dmg

since about 6months...

the_unknown_one1976
07-29-2005, 03:43 AM
It's 120 watts, and I bought mine a year ago for +/- 250.

bassman04
08-07-2005, 05:06 AM
I got a 1200 on Thursday, it's fantastic, but your starting to scare the **** outta me now. My mate has the 600, he's had no problems.

The Great Scots
08-18-2005, 04:22 AM
i have had the 1200 for half a year and can get any sound out of it, no problems at all and a great price.

squid
08-18-2005, 06:37 PM
I've had mine for almost 2 years now and have never had one problem with it at all. Not even a blown fuse, and it's had it's share of time on stage as well..
(got too lazy to haul the stack around, thank god they had a decent PA)
It's a shame that everyone has ****ty luck with 'em.

Mr. Pickle
08-18-2005, 07:12 PM
i still stand behind these amps 100%

MadStyleBass33
08-21-2005, 09:58 PM
I have had my BX1200 for like 2 years and it has been used well. I have never had any problems with it whatsoever. It was a great deal for a great amp.

bass 'me' up
08-22-2005, 08:35 PM
i had the bx1200 for 7months have had no problems maybe some are the unluckly ones

scranton531
09-01-2005, 02:16 PM
Behringer cabs are the only thing worth buying, their speakers are great but their heads and combos (mostly combos) can't haldle enough unless they're just practice amps.

Best combo available Ampeg BA 210
-220 watts
-2 10" drivers
-stands up to a 100watt marshall 4x12 stack

Mr. Pickle
09-05-2005, 10:45 PM
Behringer cabs are the only thing worth buying, their speakers are great but their heads and combos (mostly combos) can't haldle enough unless they're just practice amps.

well i personally am not a huge fan of behringer cabs. i think their papers cones are junk like a lot of hartke's bottom of the line paper stuff. Behringer products aren't the best quality, thats why they're so cheap, but i'm sure there are many musicians around here who are very happy behringer is around. for just starting out in a band (w/ no job) the bx1200 was absolutely incredible. treat your stuff how u'd want to be treated. (2nd grade stuff, buts it relevant when talking about behringer products)

TurnOnTheLight
09-05-2005, 11:44 PM
From what I know about Behringer's. When they are functioning, they are the most bang for your buck.

paolo11998877
09-13-2005, 03:22 PM
i had the same problem last year, so i changed my bx1200 and the new combo is still working good... may i ask you a question? how many times do you change your bass strings in a year? thank you..

himynameistweek
09-16-2005, 01:00 PM
i still stand behind these amps 100%
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i've had my bx3000t halfstack since.... january? it is absolutely amazing. i've had no problems with it. i regularly transport it from house to house to wherever else i may be playing, and i drive a 2 door grand am, so getting it in/out is not an easy, gentle process. it's a sturdy amp.

amosphoto.com
09-27-2005, 09:55 AM
Yes, my BX1200 broke too. After several months of mostly bedroom playing it went out. Fortunatly, it was a couple of weeks in warranty. I have now had it about three years and it is working fine, but why couldn't they make it work right in the first place? The sub-bass effect always sounded crappy and clipped.

Mr. Pickle
09-27-2005, 03:55 PM
why couldn't they make it work right in the first place?

why dont you try considering how much you paid for it?

The sub-bass effect always sounded crappy and clipped.

ultrabass? mine never clipped, but it was/is a stupid feature.

80sfollowerBass666
10-11-2005, 01:07 PM
ive recently bought a BX4500H about.....a month ago now and its working perfectly mainly as i havent been to a band practice yet and havent managed to turn it up loud enough to kill it. mind you a 450watt half stack as a rehersal amp is a bit nuts so i was thinking of buying the BX1200 combo which, as someone said, is the most bang for your buck which it sure is .here in the UK ive seen it for about 140quid or something. tis great. but im not sure wether to buy it now. but i do know one thing. i ent givin it to my dad to fix if it blows....like my last amplfier he thought he could mend wen i blew the fuses.....*sniff* il never hear him again :(

just as a quick note. has anyone here ordered one of behringers super cheap stompboxes. they are like 15quid. i ordered mine aaaages ago the shipping date is constantly being pushed back does anyone know why?? its rly starting to feck me off lol.

but i dont mind i recently bought me an electro harmonix big muff. SUPER FUZZ! WEEE!....yeah oki.

yeah the ultrabass bass effect on my amp is terrible! its the only word to describe it. its just GAAAH! wots this clipping you say it does? its possibly wot mine does. *goes and tests it* right it seems to play the bass too loud for the speakers. it kinda has huge bass sound for a split second with wot only can be described as a "speaker fart" (dunno wot you guys call tht on here either) and then goes clean and it sounds nasty. is that wot your getting?
the other effect called shape i like though. makes the sound goes very very smooth and lovely.

chuckles
08-15-2006, 03:51 PM
i've had this amp for bout 8 months i'd say, and i never had any problems with it blowing or anything of the sort. the only thing that happened was that the the footswitch went crazy, whereevery time i used it the buttons would do something different. but that appears to have sorted itself out. the sound from the amp is great, it took me a while to find one i like but thats just cos theres so much range on it. very good amp i must say

Mr. Pickle
08-15-2006, 10:38 PM
it took me a while to find one i like but thats just cos theres so much range on it.

i'm going to have to disagree.

mafia_doctor
09-28-2006, 11:09 PM
I bought an bx 1200 a year ago. I'm pleased with it, thats about all. It wasn't as loud as I was hoping. During band practice the 1200 would be full, the guitarists little 30 watt would be full, other guitarists 50 watt would be three quarters full and with the drums, I could barely hear myself. So I'm disapointed about that.

Tone controll is good.
As for problems and breakdowns, I've had none.

bass&cookies
09-29-2006, 12:38 AM
mine is still holding up good. had it for almost two years now, push it almost to its limit almost every week against a b-52 halfstack. i ran my gk head through the speaker, and it really sounded surprisingly good.

kev_trb1006
09-29-2006, 02:22 PM
I had my BX1200 until I discovered Ashdown MAG series, and therefore discovered GOOD tone, and then went on to discover Ashdown ABM series and therefore AWESOME tone. I feel bad now for selling it to someone, the only place it deserved to go was a junk yard.

Mr. Pickle
09-30-2006, 12:41 AM
why, because it didn't have a tone you liked?

kev_trb1006
09-30-2006, 06:29 AM
Well it is just my very strong opinion...

Dark Banana
10-01-2006, 10:12 AM
Had mine for over a year not a single problem, infact I managed to blow a Peavey TNT something or other at the same level I had the bx1200. It really is an amazing amp and I love it and it cost me nothing compared to most at that level of sound quality.

mullets suk
10-01-2006, 10:33 AM
is that with most Behringer products? cause i bought a BXL3000.

Mr. Pickle
10-01-2006, 10:53 PM
is what?

sexual_harassment_panda
10-25-2006, 02:17 PM
I've come to notice when dealing with behringer products you are bound to have to get a new one in a relatively short time...Behringers are mostly pure crap