Ashdown EVO 900 III - thoughts?

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Ashdown EVO 900 III - thoughts?

Post by Mr Bass Man » Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:35 pm

I borrowed an Ashdown EVO 900 III recently for a couple of gigs and loved the tone...etc... from the amp - not to mention the volume! (I was running it with a single 600w 4x10 @ 8ohms).
Well the guy is going to sell it and I might get it for $1k! - only 2 yrs old and not used that regularly according to the seller

Has anyone used one of these before and have an opinion on it?

Reviews I've read online are pretty favourable and one said it can easily run 2x 4 ohm bass cabs (not that I'd ever need that much power or anything)

I'd probably look at getting an ashdown cab to match it eventually

if anyone has any thoughts - please do share

Thanks!
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Re: Ashdown EVO 900 III - thoughts?

Post by martyforrer » Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:49 am

If you dig it, and it has everything you need, then it's a steal.
Although some amps are factory spec'd to run at 2 ohms, I would never recommend it. 2 ohm loads cause huge heat and I firmly believe will reduce the life of the amp. Even 4 ohms causes a lot of heat, but not nearly as much as 2 ohms.

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Re: Ashdown EVO 900 III - thoughts?

Post by irvinz » Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:59 am

If you love it, and if you can carry it, do it :)

I remember almost toppling over off the ladder at queen street carrying one of these :)
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Re: Ashdown EVO 900 III - thoughts?

Post by T-Dub » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:38 pm

Yeah, I had the ABM500 EVOIII and certainly enjoyed the tone.
Nice and loud, punchy, loved the sound, particularly with a little tube grind.
On the cons side it's heavy, has stupid crap you either don't use or would get better versions of (compressor, octave) and the EQ takes a bit of getting used to.

Go for it if you can get it for $1k IMO

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Re: Ashdown EVO 900 III - thoughts?

Post by Mr Bass Man » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:53 pm

thanks - from what I remember the weight was all in one end of the amp? that's why the handle was on the other end!
but it sounded good through my warwick 4x10 - even though my bass has pretty old strings on it
it does have a good eq that will take a bit of getting used to, but I'll contact the seller and might pick it up in time for Saturday nights gig!
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Re: Ashdown EVO 900 III - thoughts?

Post by T-Dub » Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:52 pm

Here's what I settled on for getting a good eq setup quickly.

Put everything in the middle

Use the bass, mid, and treble knobs to get a general tone that you like.
Then, use the sliders to either dial in a little character or fix room sound problems.

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Re: Ashdown EVO 900 III - thoughts?

Post by Mr Bass Man » Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:09 pm

Well I thought I’d update you all

Bought the amp for $1k and I’m loving it! I never have to put the volume over ½ way (12 o'clock) and there is plenty of grunt to spare should I need it.
Sounds good through my Warwick 4x10 cab – although I’d like to eventually get an Ashdown cab (s) to match
Someone in Akl is selling 2 Ashdown cabs a 4x8 and a 1x15 on TM and I’m very interested, but we have to do a few things around home… so I’ll probably give them a miss (unless wife gives the ok – which I doubt!)

Weird thing happened though at the weekends gig… was in the middle of a song and amp just went dead. I thought I’d unplugged the lead or something, but that was all ok, then realized there were no lights on the amp – no power…. I turned it on and off, wiggled the power lead and tried to yell at the drummer that I had no power – then the amp just came on again…. Totally weird!?!?! the rest of the night went on without any hiccups - so I don't know what happened.

I've been looking at upgrading my bass (Ibanez Expressionist), but all the under $1,000 basses I've tried just don't have the same feel as my Ibanez - maybe I'm just so used to it after 7yrs? So I am thinking of maybe upgrading the electronics / pickups on the bass (I've yet to price this though)
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Re: Ashdown EVO 900 III - thoughts?

Post by timi » Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:39 pm

Mr Bass Man wrote:Someone in Akl is selling 2 Ashdown cabs a 4x8 and a 1x15 on TM and I’m very interested
Highly recommend you do some research into mixing cabs, but the general consensus is don't. It was an 80s thing, like many 80s things it wasn't a good idea.

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Re: Ashdown EVO 900 III - thoughts?

Post by Harley » Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:20 pm

Mr Bass Man wrote:Sounds good through my Warwick 4x10 cab – although I’d like to eventually get an Ashdown cab (s) to match
Someone in Akl is selling 2 Ashdown cabs a 4x8 and a 1x15 on TM
Not a good idea to mix cabs. Compare it to why twin or quad engined jest have exactly the same unit on each wing, and not one big one for take-off and one small one for cruising! :mrgreen:
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Re: Ashdown EVO 900 III - thoughts?

Post by foal30 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:57 pm

the 80's were great
Slave to the Rhythm Changes

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Re: Ashdown EVO 900 III - thoughts?

Post by pins » Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:27 pm

foal30 wrote:the 80's were great
agree

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Re: Ashdown EVO 900 III - thoughts?

Post by foal30 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:07 pm

New Order
Kate Bush
The The
The Smiths
Talking Heads
Ice-T
Straightjacket Fits
Talk Talk
Public Enemy
Grace Jones

all did great music

what was bad?
Roger Douglas :(
board shorts and rats tails both a bit dodgy
Slave to the Rhythm Changes

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Re: Ashdown EVO 900 III - thoughts?

Post by john » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:37 pm

foal30 wrote:New Order
Kate Bush
The The
The Smiths
Talking Heads
Ice-T
Straightjacket Fits
Talk Talk
Public Enemy
Grace Jones

all did great music

what was bad?
Roger Douglas :(
board shorts and rats tails both a bit dodgy
All great music listed but you are just scratching the surface. So much great music came frome the 80s

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Re: Ashdown EVO 900 III - thoughts?

Post by timi » Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:23 pm

Lots of great music, lots of comb filtering.

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Re: Ashdown EVO 900 III - thoughts?

Post by john » Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:20 pm

Combs where handy for teasing hair ;)

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