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wade_g

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I don't live in the largest town, so unfortunately I have not seen any Ashdown equip in stores to mess with.

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I'll pass on the voting but Ashdown is reputed to be very decent equipment, I've not played it myself but have heard very nice sounds coming from an Ashdown rig.
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Originally posted by getz76:

What can you get your hands on in your area?

 

What are you using now?

I have a SWR workingman's 15" combo, and sometimes use this old dbx compressor.

 

I'm not really in the market for anything, but I do like to know what to bother with just in case.

 

That, and I was looking through a catalog and noticed they have a few Bass Effect pedals.

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I'm an Ashdown owner and user.

 

I voted decent gear, and better than most on price.

 

The gear I have is:

 

Mag 300 head.

Mag 410 Deep cabinet.

Electric Blue EB 12-180 combo.

 

All gear was excellent value, and performs very well.

 

Although I still like my Mag 300 head very much, the Ashdown Blueline speakers in their cabs certainly have a distinctive "Ashdown" sound.

 

You may love it, or you may not. I quite like it, but have recently found some cabs that sound more like "me".

 

So, I'm keeping my Mag 300 head, and now running it through a Warwick 211 Pro cab. Soon I'll be getting a second Warwick cab to go under it for bigger gigs - probably a 411 Pro, but possibly a 410 pro or 115 pro...still not decided.

 

So, overall - Ashdown gear is very good, and is very well priced (I'm only speaking for the Mag and EB range, as I haven't owned or used the higher end ABM gear). The Ashdown gear definitely has a trademark sound, which you'll need to decide on.

 

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I have Ashdown (as seen in my sig). I love both the amp and the cab and really think Ashdown makes excellent equipment (better than most). Has a unique Ampeg kind of sound though that some bassists don't really prefer, but other than that, it is highly recommended.

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Ashdown ABM-300, Ashdown ABM 4x10

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I don't like to generalise about a brand, especially one that covers such a wide price range. The ABM heads have a great reputation as fairly high end gear, but they're not cheap. The MAG heads are a lot of bang for the buck. IMO their cabinets are decidedly outdated, not terribly efficient, heavy and short on real power handling - you can do better.

 

Alex

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I agree with Alex. I have an ABM 500 head which is now about 4 years old and has been great.

I got good comments about my sound as soon as I changed from my old Trace Elliot rig.

However I went for different speaker cabinets and have not regretted it.

I have to say I don't think the cheaper Ashdown stuff is all that special...but it does depend on your budget.

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Originally posted by wade_g:

Originally posted by getz76:

What can you get your hands on in your area?

What are you using now?

I have a SWR workingman's 15" combo, and sometimes use this old dbx compressor.
Brother, you got the right stuff. If you spend a few years working with that you'll be able to handle most of your gigs and save up for something more expensive and versatile down the road. I sold my dbx compressor last year because it was collecting cobwebs and you can find decent compression pedals for less.

 

As for pedals, best to bring your bass into a store during their "quiet time" and sit down with a variety of them. If possible, try them out on a similar combo. Make sure a tuner is on your priority list. Less is better!

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I love my Mag 300. It is just versatile and strong and dependable and packs a great whollop.

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I have nothing nice to say so . . .

 

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I bought an ABM500 recently. The tone controls overlap a lot, and after using it for a while I decided it just wasn't the right amp. I needed something cleaner for church, though it worked fine for my rock band. I must say that I love the look of the things.

 

When I bought it, there was an issue with one of the speaker jacks, which the distributor had fixed.

 

I only tried their speakers when I tried the amp - sounded good but I have no real experience.

 

I consider the ABM line to be priced at or a bit higher than amps I think of as their competitors.

 

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