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Ashdown BTA200 (300w - Yes 300!) £550

After speaking to Dan and Mark at Ashdown, here we have one of the early prototype BTA200's - so much so, that it's actually a 300w amp! They reckon that they only made and shipped around 20 amps labelled as BTA200s. It has 6x6550s just like an SVT, all are pretty much brand new, having recently been re-tubed and having fewer than 30 hours' use. Super versatile, incredibly punchy, and as gnarly as you want - if you want! 

It has a few nicks in the tolex, but they are very difficult to see unless you're very close up to the amp. Other than those, it's in very good condition.

It was purchased for the number of bluesy/americana/country projects I was working on, but the landscape has once again switched back to my own jazz/fusion/funk style gigs, so back to clean powerful class D's I go! 

Collection or delivery is the only real choice with this one. The amp is in Bath at the minute, but I travel a lot for gigs and can also arrange a viewing in Maidenhead. 

Thank you for looking!

 

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These things are the most amazing amp ever, if I was more manly I’d have kept mine but they are a proper beast!

This is an insane price and therefore a veritable bargain :)

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Ha! I thought it was £300! I was buying a train ticket to Bath 😂 Must get the old eyes looked at! GLWTS

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I'd have it in heart beat if you weren't virtually at the other end of the country. I'd like to try one of these out in anger!

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8 minutes ago, Sparky Mark said:

How many of these were made and shipped? You missed a number from the original post. 

So I did! 😂 20!

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👍. Someone will get a fantastic bargain here and the 4 or 8 ohm output makes it more practical than the Ampeg SVT CL which has 4 or 2 ohm. (I know many say you can run CLs into 8 ohms but I'd be apprehensive).

 

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Oh mama. The splendiferous ABM front end feeding an even more splendiferous all valve back end.

And at that price? 

GLWTS

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Dare I ask the weight, is it one of those ‘if you have to ask.......’ questions? 😎

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10 hours ago, JPJ said:

Dare I ask the weight, is it one of those ‘if you have to ask.......’ questions? 😎

Haha! I honestly haven't weighed it. Heavy. I carry it up 6 flights of stairs to my flat, so certainly not immovable... I am 22, stupid and stubborn though... 😂 I would estimate it's around 30kg...

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Just now, Merton said:

If it helps my old BTA200 was 37kg :)

Somewhere in that region for sure then... And I assume it was the 4 KT88s rather than 6x6550's?

 

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Yup!

Edit - I loved everything about it, except moving it and lifting it onto my cabs 😂

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21 minutes ago, Sparky Mark said:

Apparently, the BTA 300 was a featherweight 33.5 kg.

I should probably weight it shouldn’t I? 😂

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20 hours ago, Sparky Mark said:

It's heavy. 'nuff said me thinks. Anyone that wants 300 valve watts knows the deal.

That was kind of what I figured, and the premise on which I bought it. Once it’s plugged in, you quickly forget about its weight! 

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14 minutes ago, TJ Spicer said:

That was kind of what I figured, and the premise on which I bought it. Once it’s plugged in, you quickly forget about its weight! 

Damn right!

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What a price this is for such a quality amp! I'm amazed this is still here to be honest..

It's a bit of a cliche to say and I know it doesn't help the OP, but if I didn't already have an Ampeg V4BH, then I'd be very interested in this..

Anyway, GLWTS.

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On 27/06/2018 at 10:54, TJ Spicer said:

Haha! I honestly haven't weighed it. Heavy. I carry it up 6 flights of stairs to my flat, so certainly not immovable... I am 22, stupid and stubborn though... 😂 I would estimate it's around 30kg...

This must win some kind of commitment to tone award!

Here  🥇 

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32 minutes ago, Quilly said:

Are these Hybrid (SS preamp) or pure valve heads?

On 20/06/2018 at 17:13, TJ Spicer said:

...It has 6x6550s just like an SVT, all are pretty much brand new, having recently been re-tubed and having fewer than 30 hours' use...

It's a ginormous all-valve amp. 300w of valves is what one uses for blasting WWII concrete bunkers into dust, or moving planets to different orbits. It's not ideally suited for home practise. :|
Hope this helps.

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Sort of. It’s actually a hybrid preamp - the solid state ABM preamp with a valve for drive - mated to a big mahoosive 300W valve power amp. It’s immense and glorious.

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