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Hey guys, so a few weeks back I ordered an ashdown abm 1200 from reverb and used it on a couple of gigs and I didn’t have any problems. I was at a gig tonight and the amp started smoking and crackling, then I saw some sparks and a small fire that put itself out through the vents. It looked like the fire came from the inductor coil. It also won’t turn on anymore, now that I got it home. Luckily I had a Darkglass DI box that I ran through with in ears for the rest of the night. Anyone else have this problem with any ashdown amps/this one in particular? Also, I know that this is a UK based website, but I’m in New York, so if anyone could point me in the direction of an authorized ashdown repair shop that’d be wonderful. Thank you for reading.



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Hi Kieran,


Sorry to hear this, unusual for sure. If you can email me your details and serial number of the amp I can do some investigative work and we can get you hooked up with our USA guys who will take care of you. My email is [email protected] 

I am assuming the amp was used when you bought it rather than new form a store?

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