Having once and for all settled on exclusively playing short scale basses I'm selling this Sandberg California TT4 P. I bought this from @DoubleOhStephan last November but only got to pick it up a week or two back. It is, by far, the lightest 34" bass I've ever played, it's just a shade heavier than my 30' Rob Allen Mouse. Incredible bit of kit. Pickup from Southend, delivered to you by me (reasonable distance obv, try me) or mid-way meet. Here's a couple of my snaps...
Beautiful instrument by Jon.
Upgraded Ziricote top
Premium light-weight alder body
Hard rock birds-eye maple neck and board (7-piece neck)
Seymour Duncan pups and 3-band active pre-amp circuit
18mm string spacing
8.9lbs on my scales
Active/passive Killswitch - not sure why...
Passive tone control, stacked bass/treble, mid, balance and volume
Shuker embossed Hiscox case.
PRICE DROP - = £1100
For sale is my Xotic XJPro - 01.
Purchased in March this year, not the bass for me though mainly playing double bass these days and my other work calls more a P bass, so on the hunt for one of those
It is a wonderfully easy bass to play, the neck in particular feels super nice. It has a really nice set up as it so fresh from the shop! It is strung with a set of DR Pure Blues strings. Condition is as new.
Here's a link to the Xotic website - http://xoticbasses.com These models were only available for a limited and are discontinued now, so do not expect to see therm come up very often! Such a high quality bass particularly at this price point.
Comes with a very stylish case.
Pickup or meet up in London preferred but can arrange postage within UK.
Would be interested in trades for Fender P's (preferably early 70's).
This is a review of my experience with a fairly old school combo bass guitar amp from Ashdown Music. These haven't been made for a long time now but they can be picked up fairly cheaply used and if you know what to look for you can get a very capable example that can ace rehearsals and do small Gigs easily. And is very easy to carry around.
The MAG 250 is an intermediate amplifier version that sits nicely between the old school MAG 200 mosfet combos and the later MAG300 bi polar amp combos. What you can expect to get is a fairly lightweight chipboard cabinet that is covered with black carpet and has two rear ports on the speaker box. Standard plastic corners, and a rubber strap handle are fitted. Originally no rubber feet were fitted to these combos so they are prone to wear on the bottom panel. The amp chassis section is fairly interesting in that its made of lightweight magnesium alloy and only a fraction of the weight of EB180 and MAG300 steel chassis versions. This is a major plus as it gives the combo a very lightweight feel. The pre-amp is standard MAG specification and the power amp section is essentially a MAG300 with a smaller 250VA toroidal transformer. Early MAG 250's were convection cooled but can be prone to overheating if used at high power for extended periods. Later examples had a cooling fan fitted ( a standard 80mm Jamicon fan unit ) longitudinally inside the amp chassis. These are the most desirable versions. The standard speaker fitted to these units was a SICA branded 8 ohms 15 inch unit. I'm not sure of the power rating as its not stamped on the chassis but expect this is the same unit fitted to MAG 300 combos of the time so likely to be between 200 to 300 watt rating. The driver seems fairly efficient and can easily handle the MAG 250 output.
In use the pre-amp is bog standard MAG. You have high/low inputs for passive/active basses, an input volume, 5 band EQ with bass(usually swept around 100Hz), low mids swept normally at 220Hz, middle swept at 660Hz , high mids swept at 1.6 Khz and treble swept around 7Khz. There is a low boost and a high boost switch, a main EQ in/out and a switchable sub octaver with adjustable knob. The DI is post EQ and there is an effects send/return and a tuner /line out. if you have ever used a MAG or an Electric Blue amp these will all be familiar and the EQ section can create a wide variety of tones. RM users will also find these controls familiar. The rear panel has two speaker out jacks with a safe minimum impedance of 4 ohms. Essentially adding an external 8 ohm cab will allow the full power and headroom to be used.
In use this combo can really deliver a fine and powerful output from its inbuilt speaker. I tested this with a p-bass straight in and with the input around 3/4 and the master around half on the dial, it delivers a tight focused output that sounds clean and detailed around 30-40 feet away. One thing you will notice is the amp chassis gets very warm at this sort of high volume and after a long session. This is normal as the chassis is also part of the cooling mechanism for MAG 250's.
The combo tested in this review was owned by me and originally was built and left the Ashdown UK factory around May 2003. It was reviewed last year at a local rehearsal studio.
In summary, here are some pros and cons:
lightweight alloy amp chassis makes this a breeze to transport (15.5 KG typical total combo weight)
Lightweight particle board cab
Rear ported for a deep smooth tone
Punches easily as high as later MAG300 combo's for loudness.
Cheap as chips used
Simple to repair/maintain
Parts cheap and easily accessible.
Efficient SICA blue line driver
Typical Ashdown tone.
rehearsal / small gigs only
prone to overheating during long gigs if it doesn't have the cooling fan update.
prone to wear on the bottom panel as did not have rubber feet as standard and carpet/corners can get torn/worn.
cats love these combos for sharpening their claws so never buy one from a cat owner as it will likely be torn to shreds down the side panels.
Verdict - one of Ashdown's hidden gems where lightweight amp chassis design/technology wasn't appreciated at the time(except by those in the know).
Set of flatwound chrome long scale medium gauge bass strings. Only played once before deciding I needed a lighter gauge.
Gauges are: 50, 70, 85, 105.
The strings are cut to fit a Fender Jazz bass so will still be long enough for all types of bass.
Normally £42. Will post for a couple of pounds extra.