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Having been told by all and sundry that my recently dropped Markbass LM2 can't be fixed I have stumbled into buying an Ashdown MAG300 as a cheap alternative. It arrives tomorrow. I wasn't expecting very much TBH, but I am encountering surprising amounts of unexpected Ashdown love on here. So have I done a good thing buying one, then?  

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Def, Ashdown make great quality, great sounding amps, and are very good on customer service. I`d avoided them for years based on the "woolly" comments that I`d seen banded about but got to use them as provided rigs and realised that they are top quality amps, so ditched the gear I was using in favour of Ashdown and never looked back. It`s unusual for me to keep any amp more than 6 months but I`ve now had my ABM 600 almost 3 years. I`ve also had the RM500 for a fair while too - sold my v1 to get the v2 purely due to the brushed steel front panel (much more middle aged eyesight friendly) - and it`s a cracking amp. 

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I used Ashdown setups years ago but , me being me , I always thought there was something better that I had to have ,but after trying many amps I’ve gone back to an Ashdown mag 300 evo ii head , and I’m loving it , even the built in compressor is ok 🙂

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As you say, lots of Ashdown love....

There is good reason - Read the feedback from existing customers - the equipment generally exceeds expectations - personally, I was surprised how good the quality is on a "cheap" amp  but what you also get is probably the best customer service of any manufacturer in the field...and they have a presence here on BC.

 

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I have returned to Ashdown, head at least, after years of Markbass.

Very happy, I used to love my ABM500, now have the 600 and it’s lovely.

I think the woolly comments used to come from people who didn’t disengage the scooped “shape” feature, which sounds poor in my opinion.

yeah so, thumbs up from me.

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I got my ABM head a couple of years ago in a trade on a whim (it's the chrome fronted rack mount version - I guess I'm a bit of a magpie). I'd had an Ashdown head about 15 years ago that developed a fault which the store I bought it from failed to get sorted so I just gave up on it. If I'd have know at the time about the level of customer service that I'd have got by taking it directly to Ashdown if have saved myself a lot of money going through other amps over the years. 

Anyway, my current ABM head was a revelation - powerful, punchy and I don't know about anyone else's but mine is 100% wool free. I recently got myself some Ashdown cabs to go with the head and a little Five Fifteen AAA head as a backup and honestly can't see myself using any other make of amp in future.

 

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2 minutes ago, Painy said:

I got my ABM head a couple of years ago in a trade on a whim (it's the chrome fronted rack mount version - I guess I'm a bit of a magpie). I'd had an Ashdown head about 15 years ago that developed a fault which the store I bought it from failed to get sorted so I just gave up on it. If I'd have know at the time about the level of customer service that I'd have got by taking it directly to Ashdown if have saved myself a lot of money going through other amps over the years. 

Anyway, my current ABM head was a revelation - powerful, punchy and I don't know about anyone else's but mine is 100% wool free. I recently got myself some Ashdown cabs to go with the head and a little Five Fifteen AAA head as a backup and honestly can't see myself using any other make of amp in future.

 

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Is that a 6by10? And are the others full size?

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2 minutes ago, nottswarwick said:

Is that a 6by10? And are the others full size?

ABM 6x10, ABM Mini 4x8 and ABM Mini 15.

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Just now, Painy said:

ABM 6x10, ABM Mini 4x8 and ABM Mini 15.

Ah yes I thought those were the mini cabs. I had some of those years ago and thought there were ace. 

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Just now, nottswarwick said:

Do you actually move the 610 around?

Yeah, it's manageable enough with the tilt back casters and I can just about lift it into the boot of my car okay without giving myself a hernia (it's a big boot). 

The Mini Cabs are for less accessible venues. We're playing a hotel after Christmas where we have to load in up four flights of external fire escape stairs so they're getting a run out for that one. 

If we play really big venues then I can run the whole lot together. 

 

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The ashdown mag300 was the first serious amp head I got. Got it at the same time I bought an ashdown mag410 deep cab.

In all honesty I hadn't a clue what I was doing eq wise in those days, but as a band we always sounded good, so its core sound must be good, even if I could have tweaked it to sound better.

The old mags are a little harsher or spikier than the cushiony warm abms, but whenever I've heard bands use them they sound great.

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In fact thinking about it, I've had:

Ashdown mag 307 head.

Ashdown mag 410 deep cab.

Ashdown Superfly.

Ashdown mini 4x8.

Ashdown mini 15.

Ashdown Little Giant.

Ashdown RM212 cab.

Ashdown ABM 600 evo iv.

In the end, in the mix, most sounded great just set fairly flat. Although the abm600s eq though is something else! Amazing powerful detail in that amp.

So, they must be doing something right!

I'd happily gig (and have done) with all of those apart from the superfly. 

 

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FWIW, I picked up a MAG250 210 combo locally cheap (£120) for the permanent rehearsal space we have - and it is really quite amazing. It's flat sound is exactly what I look for - slightly growly bottom end, tight punchy mids and a crunch on top that I can dial in and out on the bass. EQ is all v close to flat, sub-bass thing is off (didn't like that). That's with either a P or Jazz both with EB Cobalts.
I suspect I'd be very happy with a big EVO for live work. 
They seem to be a bargain used - maybe it's a combination of size/weight; styling is rather retro and they might be out of fashion when a lot of players seem to be chasing the next new thing like Quilter, Darkglass or whatever it is today.
 

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