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My Bugera V22 Experience

coxeymcqueen

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I ordered one in November from a large German retailer. *It was delivered within a week to me in the UK. *The amp worked fine at first. *I loved the tone and thought it was a perfect match for my PRS SE Soapbar. *After less than a week it developed a hum which was exaggerated by the master volume dial. *A few posters on various forums suggested it might be a dodgy tube, and I know that in the V22 the tubes are cheap Chinese ones, but I sent it back for an exchange as I didn't want to fork out £50 on tubes in an amp a week old.

The replacement arrived mid December. *The first night I used it, it developed a fault which was a prominent switching noise followed by a snare like rattle. * I believe this to be the voltage regulator fault that Behringer claimed to have fixed a couple of years ago. *This amp went back.

A 3rd amp arrived last Friday. *All seemed well but, on Saturday, this amp developed the same click/rattle fault as the previous one.*

As this seems to be an easy fix I asked the retailer to fix the amp under warranty - they provide a 4 year warranty and so I figured
that if I could get an amp I was happy with I would get plenty of life out of it with the warranty. *Anyway, they came back to me and said Behringer won't repair the amp, only exchange or refund. *

So I'm going to get a refund and probably look for something in the used market.

All in all a thoroughly disappointing experience. *I know plenty of people will say "I told you so", but there are as many people happy with their Bugeras as not, so I think they were worth a try. *I'm not a gigging musician at the moment so I'm not desperate for an amp, but my patience with Bugera/Behringer has run out. * *

Such a shame as I had high hopes for this little amp and I genuinely love the way it sounds.

I feel sorry for the retailer too - they've paid for 6 lots of postage now. *Hope they can claim that back off Behringer!
 

rockonomics

Member
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516
I've heard just the opposite. Behringer amps are built like tanks according to some peeps. Maybe a tank that took a bomb blast?
 

Guinness Lad

Senior Member
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15,860
Times like this is when this saying makes a boatload of sense - "You get what you pay for" When a cup of coffee costs $3 or more depending...how can anyone rightfully proclaim amps and guitars should cost nothing. Be realistic and buy it right the first time.
 

GCDEF

Silver Supporting Member
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28,085
It's too bad they're so unreliable. They sound pretty good for the few days they work.
 

IM4Tone

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It's too bad they're so unreliable. They sound pretty good for the few days they work.
My experience is just opposite. The amp (2nd one after the infamous channel-switching fault) funtions properly (I guess), but sounds like $__+:facepalm Drive channel is very fizzy! Wish I could sell it locally and cut my losses.
 

XmasTree

Member
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3,960
that's a shame

Mine is one of the best amps ive ever owned.
out of: Fender hot rod deluxe, Music Man HD130, Fender BF Bassman, Marshall 2x12, Vox AC30cc2x, Blackstar Ht40, various practice amps

Ive never had a single problem with mine and it sounds amazing.
...if something happened to mine, i'd buy another.

...i do understand that a lot of them went bad.
But the good ones ARE GOOD
 
Messages
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Wow I am really sorry to hear that. I have a V22 that is over a year old and I have had no problems with it. I plan a retube in the fall. There does seem to be a quality control issue. What a shame because I get some really good tones from mine. I have been debating getting a second one as a spare.
 




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