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Downsizing & bewildered by choice

Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:34 am
by Brent Cain
Hi Team,

I am yet another older but still gigging musician who wants a portable, quality combo for the ever increasing
amount of smaller gigs that do not justify the time or effort in breaking out the full band PA. My main band is a
classic rock three piece where we have a mini big rig & d.i. the bass & guitar, but that is not practical for the
little venues. I have my heart set on a combo ( although I know a head & speaker arrangement opens up more
flexibility). So far I have tried the Peavey Max 112, the Ibanez Promethean & the Ashdown 120 with the 15 inch
plus the Ashdown 300 with the two tens. The Ashdown's are the best I have tried so far & there was little to
choose( for me ! ) between the two Ashdowns apart from the speaker configuration & the $200 price difference !
I know that I can shop cheaper online but l will need to pay something off as my budget cannot take a big cash
or credit hit right now.

So fellow bass people now the questions. Opinions good or bad on the Ashdowns & which speaker set up do
you think would be best ? I really like a 15 inch speaker but wonder if the extra wattage in the combo with
the two tens might swing it ? In saying that the last couple of times I have played more laid back gigs
I have used a borrowed old 100 watt Roland Bass Cube & it has been more than adequate. So maybe the 120
at $599 retail may just do it. I would love to hear what the rest of you have to say. Many Thanks !!

Re: Downsizing & bewildered by choice

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:04 am
by Mr Bass Man
I had an Ashdown ABM EVO 900 head and ran that with a Warwick 4 x 10, but like you I'm in the 40+ age bracket and found lugging a 38kg 4x10 around every weekend wasn't doing my back any favours.....

So just to throw another one into the mix - I bought a fender rumble v3 500 combo and I love it
it's such a loud and versatile amp for a small 2x10 combo and only weighs 17kg - plus I don't have to rearrange the car and put the back seats down every time I go to a gig.
Plus it has a jack for an extension speaker, so if I did want extra head room I could add an extra speaker cab to get the amp to the full 500w - but the band I play in have a full PA and we mic up the drums / guitar and DI the bass so I only need it as an on stage monitor and only have it on volume 2-3 most gigs

I did like the Ashdown head and think their gear is pretty good - but at the moment I'm loving my Rumble 500. I think music works / planet music have them new for $1099?

Re: Downsizing & bewildered by choice

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:50 pm
by Brent Cain
Hey Mr Bass Man. Appreciate the feedback & the "heads up" on the Fender. They were on my radar along with that ultra light weight 200 watt GK ex The Rock Shop. After weighing it all up I think that the Ashdown 300 with the two tens probably wins the day. It has all the elements that I
require in a very compact yet portable & powerful package. For playing the small venues ( which many in Christchurch are now ) it will be perfect.
At $799 it is more than I want to pay but probably worth it for the future proofing. Big ups to the guys at Music Planet as well. It was the only shop where I felt really welcome & nothing was a problem. Thanks Guys.

Re: Downsizing & bewildered by choice

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:48 am
by Mr Bass Man
no worries... I think I got my fender rumble off Trade me 2 years ago for $600?
but if you like the Ashdown then go for it - it should have a DI out on the amp in case you play a larger venue and need to run the amp through the FOH