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Crate TX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp

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The Crate TX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp allows you to make your music anywhere. The new TX15 combo has 15W power, an 8" Crate woofer with a pie...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Crate TX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp allows you to make your music anywhere. The new TX15 combo has 15W power, an 8" Crate woofer with a piezo tweeter for clean, full-range sound, 2-channel operation with XLR input on one channel for plugging in a mic, 4-band master EQ, dual RCA CD input, and a 1/4" headphone jack. Crate includes 120V wall charger/adapter with the TX15 Taxi Combo Amp.

FEATURES
  • 15W battery power
  • 8" woofer with piezo tweeter
  • 2-channel operation
  • XLR input on 1st channel for plugging in a mic
  • 4-band master EQ
  • Dual RCA CD input
  • 1/4" headphone jack

Order today and be ready to play those out there parties.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • 14-1/2"W x 11-3/4"H x 12"D
  • 20 lbs.
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CrateTX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp
 
3.8

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (3)
  • Portable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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    • Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wedding Musician

I am a classical guitarist and I play A LOT of beach weddings where no power is available. This amp has become a piece of sound equipment I could not do without and one...Read complete review

I am a classical guitarist and I play A LOT of beach weddings where no power is available. This amp has become a piece of sound equipment I could not do without and one that has paid for itself a dozen times over since I purchased it. I use it with a condenser mic and an ARTcessories Phantom II battery powered phantom power box. The mic imput was a great idea and one of the main reasons I bought this model. I agree that it does need reverb (or any effects), but all in all, if you are a musician who plays a lot of gigs where no power is available, who needs a sturdy and powerful amp that is affordable and powerful, this is it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not so HiFi sound

I bought it used so I wasn't paying a lot. But with the sound quality and dead lead-acid battery issues, it needed some money to fix it up. This amp is now my...Read complete review

I bought it used so I wasn't paying a lot. But with the sound quality and dead lead-acid battery issues, it needed some money to fix it up. This amp is now my experiment / project amp. I have also mod the amp by replacing all the coupling capacitors in the signal path with HiFi capacitors (MKS/MKP type), plus a new full range coax speaker. I have also taken out the pizeo tweeter and put a 4" long pvc pipe in the opening to make a bass reflex box (I sealed the hole at the lower right corner). With this configuration, the amp sounds wonderful like a high end unit. For the battery problem, I discarded the charging circuit board and put a linear power supply in place of it. I don't play at places that have no power.

So, if you don't need portability and don't play in places without power, get something else. The Acoustic AG30 is a lot better (which I also own).

I'm an electronic engineer also so I did the above mod on my own risk. You will void the warranty if you do it.
Basic for a portable amp with mic and guitar inputs. No effects or phantom power. But expected within this price range. Light weight, small size for good portability.
I only comment on sound quality, not on build quality.

They put a cheap electric guitar speaker for an acoustic amp. The sound quality is tinny and like you plug an acoustic guitar into an electric amp. The surround of the speaker is "W" accordian type, which is for electric guitar. This type of speakers will give a higher SPL (louder with less driven power) but linerality is poor. For an acoustic amp, the linerality is important because it needs to reproduce sound faithfully without coloring. I have confirmed this by temporary swapping the full range speaker from my Acoustic AG30 into the Taxi and then it sounded like a real accoustic guitar amp.
I'm a HiFi guy so sound quality is most important. With the above in consideration, I don't think it worth it's market value. But again sound quality is my top priority and you may have a different priority.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not so HiFi sound

By acoustic_only

from FL

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Comments about Crate TX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp:

I bought it used so I wasn't paying a lot. But with the sound quality and dead lead-acid battery issues, it needed some money to fix it up. This amp is now my experiment / project amp. I have also mod the amp by replacing all the coupling capacitors in the signal path with HiFi capacitors (MKS/MKP type), plus a new full range coax speaker. I have also taken out the pizeo tweeter and put a 4" long pvc pipe in the opening to make a bass reflex box (I sealed the hole at the lower right corner). With this configuration, the amp sounds wonderful like a high end unit. For the battery problem, I discarded the charging circuit board and put a linear power supply in place of it. I don't play at places that have no power.

So, if you don't need portability and don't play in places without power, get something else. The Acoustic AG30 is a lot better (which I also own).

I'm an electronic engineer also so I did the above mod on my own risk. You will void the warranty if you do it.
Basic for a portable amp with mic and guitar inputs. No effects or phantom power. But expected within this price range. Light weight, small size for good portability.
I only comment on sound quality, not on build quality.

They put a cheap electric guitar speaker for an acoustic amp. The sound quality is tinny and like you plug an acoustic guitar into an electric amp. The surround of the speaker is "W" accordian type, which is for electric guitar. This type of speakers will give a higher SPL (louder with less driven power) but linerality is poor. For an acoustic amp, the linerality is important because it needs to reproduce sound faithfully without coloring. I have confirmed this by temporary swapping the full range speaker from my Acoustic AG30 into the Taxi and then it sounded like a real accoustic guitar amp.
I'm a HiFi guy so sound quality is most important. With the above in consideration, I don't think it worth it's market value. But again sound quality is my top priority and you may have a different priority.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

TX15 Battery Disappointment

By Gigger

from Colorado, USA

About Me Experienced

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Pros

  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events

    Comments about Crate TX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp:

    I've had my Crate TX15 battery-powered amp for two years, during which time I have used it lightly and infrequently for outdoor gigs where electricity was not available. It met my needs, and still looks brand new, but the battery suddenly failed and will no longer take any charge. The Crate company's suggestion was to take it to the nearest Crate dealer and have it fixed at my expense. I feel that a lightly used product should last more than 2 years, but they wouldn't do anything more for me.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    wouldn't buy 2nd time around

    By marla mock

    from PA

    Comments about Crate TX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp:

    BREAKS TOO OFTEN
    When MY CRATE TX15 AMP is working it's ok. The attractive feature is the 2 inputs at a resonable price. The problem is that more often than not, it breaks down.
    The first time my battery went bad I replaced it. After having read the forum discussions and downloading the electronic schematics it appeared that this unit would work better if the unit was constantly plugged in. However, after the 2nd battery replacement and always keeping it plugged in, I am dismayed with the quality. It doesn't seem to matter which way we use it and note..... we don't travel with it or knock it around. We have always taken very good indoor care of it and it has still broken down on me three times. The batteries aren't that expensive....you can find them for about $15. But I work in the electronics industry and don't mind dismantling things to try to fix them. I just get tired of something that has poor performance. I won't replace it this time with a crate product. Next time I will also look for something that doesn have battery power built into the direct power circuit.
    Poor value because it keeps breaking down.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Little Amp!

    By cellofish

    from USA

    Comments about Crate TX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp:

    Buy it.
    Simple and effective.
    Owned for 5 years, no problems.
    Super cheap compared to the competition.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wedding Musician

    By Wedding Musician

    from Panama City Beach, Florida

    Comments about Crate TX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp:

    I am a classical guitarist and I play A LOT of beach weddings where no power is available. This amp has become a piece of sound equipment I could not do without and one that has paid for itself a dozen times over since I purchased it. I use it with a condenser mic and an ARTcessories Phantom II battery powered phantom power box. The mic imput was a great idea and one of the main reasons I bought this model. I agree that it does need reverb (or any effects), but all in all, if you are a musician who plays a lot of gigs where no power is available, who needs a sturdy and powerful amp that is affordable and powerful, this is it!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Huge Sound Blast

    By Virtual Blues Man

    from Nashville/NJ native

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Crate TX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp:

    I hate to say this is my go-to practice amp. First time I ever plugged into a Crate, I thought, "Wow!" I have the older rendition. This mutha pumps out clear, crisp tones. Mine has the distortion option and the sounds are just primo for my taste! I have tube amps that I also play thorugh simultaneously which gives me a purist element. But whenever I lean over to listen to the crunch coming from the Yellow Taxi, I am always pleased. I just kinda sounds like a Marshall Wall component compacted into a 10 inch speaker.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    One probem for polyphonic music.

    By 12Kevin

    from Duluth, MN

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Limited Functions
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Crate TX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp:

      I tried this unit to do some busking with my guitar and noticed a problem. Any loud bass notes (e.g., strumming an open E chord) would cause high frequencies to be suppressed. It sounds like someone is turning the treble control off. You could hardly hear the higher strings in the chord.

      I emailed Crate about this and they replied saying their engineers could hear the problem and believed it was a flaw in the "summing" circuit.

      This was some years ago, I don't know if they ever bothered to fix the problem

      But for any situation where you are just doing basic announcing it makes a good portable PA. Much better than bullhorn.

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Don't Buy Restocked Items Bad Service

      By J.R.

      from Key West, Florida

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Limited Functions
        • Poor Sound Quality
        • Weak

        Best Uses

        • Door Stopper

        Comments about Crate TX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp:

        MF sent me a restocked amp that was weak and distorted, it was never checked out by the warehouse staff. I also purchased some battery operated effects so I could play some outdoor gigs with, an echo on the voice and chorus on the guitar, because the amp had neither. When I asked about returning these as well, I was told that I would be charged almost as much money as I spent on those items for returning them, because I had not claimed they too were defective. (No way to really tell since the amp was so weak and distorted.) So I got stuck with them. Previous I had ordered a capo and was sent the wrong one, I e-mailed the office and explained that perhaps the warehouse had sent me the wrong one because the pictures of the items that were switched are actually switched on the website as well. I was told to keep the original capo and they would send me the right one, instead they sent me another one of the wrong ones. I have been a Musician's Friend customer under several accounts, since the 1990's and lately it an't working out so good. It all ended up being a big waste of time and money that should not have occured if the people had checked out the amp and made sure it worked fine and that they had the right items before shipping either off. Also the computer pictures should have been corrected.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Canned Ham

        By Lefty Chainsaw

        from Hell Hole, Ky.

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        Comments about Crate TX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp:

        I bought this unit to be used for outdoor gigs. It sounds like you are playing in a tin can! The quality of the unit is top notch- very loud and well built! I can't play my Taylor through it because it lacks individual channel controls. I found that I have to adjust for vocals and use a guitar with more onboard controls. Theres no reverb so the vocals sound a bit dry. At lower levels it sounds ok, but at high levels (yea, this baby KICKS!) the dynamics of a small speaker and cab. come through. May just need a little more fine tuning and I have yet to actually try it outside. All in all a great product!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It's so loud!

        By JamminJay

        from Des Moines, IA

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        Comments about Crate TX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp:

        Wow! How can this thing be so loud and clear? I've used it set to about 2.5 on the volume knob and it is SO LOUD! Battery seems to last forever on a charge, as well. You know, reverb would have been a nice addition for vocals, but you want to use your own pedal for guitar effects anyway, so adding those built in is kinda a waste. Great product and so portable.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A great starter amp that works on the go.

        By AWSX1686

        from Waynesboro, PA

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Crate TX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp:

        This is a great amp. Two inputs (guitar and mic) make it great for a one man show with a guitar and a mic. The battery lets you take it anywhere, and depending on what you do with it the battery lasts quite a while. The on board EQ makesit better than most amps since most don't have EQ built in. All in all, this is a decent amp for a great price.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Good for on the road

        By bluesman531

        from In a truck

        Comments about Crate TX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp:

        I'm a long distance truck driver and find the amp very useful. Needs external effects to make it more usable depending on style that you play. Great portable practice amp.

         
        5.0

        I have used this amp for 20 year not a better one ever built

        By Marv Whalen

        from Las Vegas

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances

          Comments about Crate TX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp:

          Street musician

           
          5.0

          Flexibility

          By Max g

          from Saint Louis, MO

          Comments about Crate TX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp:

          I have the larger Taxi, TX50. It is a great piece of equipment. I have used it for outdoor gigs where there was no power available and it was surprisingly powerful and dispersed to a very large area. The RCA Audio inputs are very handy. At gigs I can run a portable CD player during breaks and I use it at home to listen out side while working. The cabinet design with feet on three different angled sides makes in very flexible. I have used it as an amp, a PA and a monitor. It also has a effects loop input/output jack. Nice feature but I am not sure what effects I would use since the built-in DSP delay effects sound great and are mixable from each of the two channels.One channel has an XLR for mics and the other has an A/B switch that lets you use clean or overdrive.Overall, a VERY IMPRESSIVE unit! I would tell the engineers/designers at Crate that the overdrive is not extremely useful since I prefer an external stomp box for overdrive...the stomp box sounds better and makes more sense to me. The only other feature it needs is an adjustable level line out with 1/4 inch and XLR jacks so I could run it into a bigger PA.

           
          4.0

          Taxi 15 is a great portable amp. Good bang for th

          By Blues Boy-j5A7F

          from Memphis

          Comments about Crate TX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp:

          Ok, I have used the amp with my acoustic and my electric guitar. Both sounded great. I was suprised at how well it sounded with the acoustic.There are no extras with this amp. No overdrive or reverb. But each channel has its own volume controls. And, both channels will play at the same time. The tone controlls work well and I liked the small size and ease of carrying it around. One of the unadvertised features is that it has rubber feet on almost every side of the cabinet, allowing you to set it up in a variety of ways. Very ingenious to me.Probably the best battery operated amp I have tried. Oh, no batteries to buy. The batteries provided are rechargeable.

           
          3.0

          Good design, so-so sound.

          By balloonfarm

          from West Townshend, VT

          See all my reviews

          Comments about Crate TX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp:

          I have two two TX-15s for playing farmers' markets. Very well laid out with multi adjustments for guitar plus and XLR input for vox. One unit has been plagued with battery problems which continued even after I sent it for authorized repairs. Sound quality is quite "canny" and cheap-sounding. I also use a Pignose Hog 30, which I think is a better-sounding battery amp at a comparable price.

           
          3.0

          Works now

          By Scotman

          from So. Berwick, ME

          See all my reviews

          Comments about Crate TX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp:

          Don't love it, but was worth the $100 when it was on Stupid Deal of the Day. I think they're more than that now.
          Battery operated or plugged in. Sounds decent for it's small size. Wish it had a digital reverb built in.
          Worked intermittently for the longest time. Was advised to change the battery, so I did. That didn't fix the problem. Turns out the wires connected to the on/off switch were corroded and not making proper contact. It was just luck that I happened to wiggle those wires. Thing works fine now. I've got a spare battery.
          I does what it's supposed to do now. Very convenient for low volume situations.

           
          5.0

          I love Crate so its good

          By Rock_On_4_Ever

          from Arlington,TX

          Comments about Crate TX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp:

          I've used one its ok. I really like it. It did not compare to other Crates but it is worth it. So get it!!

           
          5.0

          my first AMP

          By sam freeman

          from Baghdad, Iraq

          Comments about Crate TX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp:

          i bought this for my first amp. i wasn't sure i would have enough power, but i've not turned it past 3 and it goes to 12 (i think) it's incredibly loud, nice and works really well with an electric or acoustic. i used it for 2 months before i charged it for the first time. i was amazed. Overall, i would get this even if i didn't need a portable one. the only downside is that it weighs a bit, a little lighter than a car battery.

           
          4.0

          Crate Taxi Amp

          By Duggie

          from Chino Hills, CA

          See all my reviews

          Comments about Crate TX15 Taxi Battery-Powered Combo Amp:

          I first heard about this amp from my cousin who has two of them. I bought the 30 watt version of the Crate Taxi Amp from MF almost 2 years ago. As a soloist I use it for outside venues where power is not available. I love this little amp it has never let me down. It can get surprisingly loud for it's size and can last between 4-5 hours at mid-volume. I sing with a Shure SM-58 and play my Guild D-25 that has a Baggs p.u. through it and it sounds great for what I'm doing which is mellow light rock, country, folk, and blues. Even ran my 5 string bass through it once which was a little rough on it especially that low "B" string man it sounded like a Dinosaur fart, but still works fine even after that shellaking. Its great for small venues or street faires. For inside gigs I run my Boss digital reverb through the effects loop and man it sounds really good. Just bring an extra 9 volt for the Boss 'cause likes to munch batteries about every 2 hours. Otherwise Enjoy!

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