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Crescent EA-10 Practice Amp - Review
The Crescent EA-10 is a little desktop amp that is nice for quiet practice - whether in an apartment, or when the other members of the household are asleep.
No frills - just a volume, bass and treble knob, and a headphone jack. The cab is about ten inches by ten inches, by five inches deep. The website says it weighs eight pounds, but it feels lighter than that to me.
This is not a dedicated bass amp, so it tends to start vibrating when you play those really deep notes. There can also be some buzzing or overloading if you play too loudly, but I imagine this is true for any small-wattage amp. The purpose of a baby sized practice amp is not to shake the rafters, but just so you can hear yourself play.
I used to have a Roland 20 Cube practice amp that had an awful lot of muscle to it, but I think anything smaller than a 15 watt amp is going to be just between you and the speaker, sound-wise.
The thing I enjoy with this amp though, is that the overload can sometimes emulate the sound of overdrive - giving my playing a bit of a growl to it, and I don't mind that at all. It can make it sound grungy.
Through headphones, there is no overload or grunge - so if nothing else, this amp is a great conduit between you and your headphones if you want to play privately.
I've attached a sample of the sound through this amp, but it's not very good - alas, this is not the fault of the amp, but the fact that I have no decent instrument recorder and picked up the sample through my web cam. (eyeroll)
I use the Crescent amp when I practice in the bedroom, since my Rumble is about 80 pounds and doesn't move well from room to room.
On the website, Crescent sells all their products as singles or by the case or palette, which leads me to the next point - Crescent gear is often bought by music stores to be sold in kits or by teachers/schools to be used by students as practice gear. All Crescent gear is beginner gear and I think it serves this function well - but you would never upgrade to a Crescent bass or amp.
Though I bought my kit from a guy off the internet, the bass itself is not shown on the website because it was custom ordered for this guy's kit. On their website, the basses are 43 inches tall and have 20 frets - mine is 48 inches tall and has 24 frets. In other words, the bass itself is a bit on the rare side, even for a cheap practice instrument.
If I was to rate the Crescent EA-10 practice amp on a scale of 1-10, I'd give it a 7. It does the job a kit amp should do - get you playing your bass right out of the box. You'd upgrade when you were ready and sell off the amp to the next beginner student.
It's how I got mine!
To have a look at what Crescent offers for beginners, visit their website
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