Swr working mans 300.....any good?

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Swr working mans 300.....any good?

Post by BacktoBassics » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:06 pm

Hi

7 yrs since I gave up bass, a lot has changed and most brands these days are unknown to me.

How does the above rate

What about ashdown?

Can I have opinions on the various brands.

I tend to play in Blues/ Rock bands with active bass, so what would best suit (at a reasonable price).

I like big, chunky, warm sounding bass amps.


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Post by BacktoBassics » Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:52 pm

anyone?
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Post by john » Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:54 pm

I am not positive but SWR are not really known as warm sounding. I see ashdown are though.

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Post by Dan » Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:38 pm

SWR are bright and punchy, a lot more modern sounding than the Ashdown stuff which is more of the old school warm vibe. I've owned amps/cabs of both brands in the past....and while I like them both, SWR wins hands down everytime.

In saying that, for playing what you mentioned Ashdown may be right up your street - obvious advice is to pop into some stores with your bass and have a blat!

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Post by foal30 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:55 pm

yeah, they are not similar brands IMO

I like the Ashdown ABM stuff, but for me it's more woolly than warm

I used to gig a lot with SWR + Active Jazz bass. It just seems to fit well that set up.
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Post by BacktoBassics » Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:07 pm

Thanks for the replies.

I used to gig with a jansen 330 crusader and 1 x 15 and 4 x 10 cabs.

With my sdgr bass I was quite happy with the sound until I played thru a GK 400watt and 8 x 10 cerwin-vega cab.

It was the most vibrant BiG sound my bass had ever had. I was never happy after that with the sound from my jansen.

I guess I am still chasing that sound.

I see there is a GK rb400iii on TM at the moment. Is that worth a look? Maybe that coupled wth a ashdown 2 x 10 will do for now.
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Post by Dan » Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:37 pm

If I were you, I'd be checking out the markbass stuff. Super grunty, and super light.....and prices right now are extremely reasonable. You'd be surprised at the power you'd get out of even a 2 x 10 combo.

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Post by BacktoBassics » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:25 am

Markbass looks nice but I cant justify the price for sitting around plonking away at home. :)

I am looking to spend less than $1000 and hopefully will come out with something that can be expanded as needs arise.

Unfortunately here in Blenheim the only music shop stocks fender rumble combo amps and thats about it.
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Post by john » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:10 am

BacktoBassics wrote:Thanks for the replies.

I used to gig with a jansen 330 crusader and 1 x 15 and 4 x 10 cabs.

With my sdgr bass I was quite happy with the sound until I played thru a GK 400watt and 8 x 10 cerwin-vega cab.

It was the most vibrant BiG sound my bass had ever had. I was never happy after that with the sound from my jansen.

I guess I am still chasing that sound.

I see there is a GK rb400iii on TM at the moment. Is that worth a look? Maybe that coupled wth a ashdown 2 x 10 will do for now.
What was the GK model? RB800? Beagle has one of those and I think he used to have or still does have the RB400, if he sees this maybe he can weigh in on the tones. I bet it has that GK sound you liked back then

I just had a look on TM. $500 buy now, seems like a good price.

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Post by BacktoBassics » Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:35 pm

Im not sure what GK model it was........it was quite a few yrs ago..

I'm quite tempted to get the GK........... :)
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Re: Swr working mans 300.....any good?

Post by martyforrer » Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:40 pm

Be aware that your old 8x10 has probably spoilt you. Unless you're going to spendy stuff like GenzBenz or Markbass you're never gonna make a small cab sound like an 8x10.

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Post by BacktoBassics » Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:46 pm

Hi marty..............the sound was awesome, had me all in goosebumps lol

Anyways, thanks to those who replied

I have purchased the GK RB400 that I saw on trademe.

Now I just need a cab to suit probably a 210 for now.

I like the price of the ashdown speakers so will probably go with them unless anyone has a reason why I shouldnt............ :mrgreen:
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Post by foal30 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:04 pm

go the ABM , not the Mag

in no way shape or form can Ashdown ABM cabinets be described as modern or hi-fi.
I really like them, but certainly not the most versatile gear I've ever had...
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Post by irvinz » Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:45 pm

a bit late i know. but the swr working man is pretty hifi sounding and awesome, if you pair it with any of the ashdown cabs, it'll 'warm' it up a lil.

a lot of the tonal charactheristics are in pairing it with the right cabs :)
the MAG 115 Deep is a pretty good sounding cab. (even though its just a mag :) )
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Re: Swr working mans 300.....any good?

Post by BacktoBassics » Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:47 pm

Can anybody comment on the tonality of markbass 2x10 cabs?
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