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3 minutes ago, FinnDave said:

Me too - and I've bought two in the last couple of months as well.

I love my amp, I’ve got a EBS TD650, but I’m getting more and more tempted to try a ABM600

EDIT: I’ve also got a very early ABM500 Evo RC, and I think part of it is me wanting to see how much better the 600 is 

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I’ve been through some good and not so good amps and I must say the ABM600 is proving to be the very best.

 

At first it takes time learning about the EQ and when to use or not use that famous Shape Button and you soon learn that this amp is a true gigging star. 
I think I would be hard pressed to improve on it.

Im even liking the ABM cabs too 

 

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I think what’s stopping me is that I made a rule for myself a while ago. Any new purchases, apart from consumables like cables/strings etc, have to be either paid for with money earned from gigs, or something has to go to fund it. The EBS amps are quite hard to come by now, and I’d be kicking myself if I sold it for a ABM and then regretted it. I’d be having to scour the used  market for another EBS 

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8 minutes ago, ern500evo said:

I think what’s stopping me is that I made a rule for myself a while ago. Any new purchases, apart from consumables like cables/strings etc, have to be either paid for with money earned from gigs, or something has to go to fund it. The EBS amps are quite hard to come by now, and I’d be kicking myself if I sold it for a ABM and then regretted it. I’d be having to scour the used  market for another EBS 

Order one and play it for a week and return it if not better than EBS 

Find a store and ask for best price as they often discount 

PMT gave me a good price on my ABM210H cab just for asking 

I also asked for a new sealed in box model ie not a shop floor model 

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9 minutes ago, BassAdder27 said:

Order one and play it for a week and return it if not better than EBS 

Find a store and ask for best price as they often discount 

PMT gave me a good price on my ABM210H cab just for asking 

I also asked for a new sealed in box model ie not a shop floor model 

That’s not a bad idea. Other option is but a used one, on the condition that one of the amps has to be sold within a month 

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24 minutes ago, BassAdder27 said:

And don’t forget you get virtually a lifetime warranty with Ashdown U.K. 

I've had quite a few Ashdown amps, and the only times I've had to use the warranty was with a couple of ABM 600 heads. They were replaced without hesitation. 

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21 hours ago, Pow_22 said:

I found the LB550 VERY clean, no grit at all even with a hot active bass.  Also, as with a lot of Class D, it was absolutely loud enough but at the loud volume it lacked 'booty'.  I much preferred the Spyder series when looking at Ashdowns hybrids

Doesn't sound especially clean on this video (albeit I can see the Gain is set pretty high). But I hear you on the 'booty' front

 

 

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On 13/05/2022 at 01:36, Woodinblack said:

 

It was heavy, harder to move and 'only' 100 watts, and I know is heresy around these parts to try and infer that a valve watt isn't worth at least 50 transistor watts, but if you want loud, the CTM does it. If you want clean and loud, the ABM does it better, and if you want any kind of control over your tone from the amplifier, the ABM does it a hell of a lot better - the CTM tone control is more like a set of hints to the amplifier than control as such. In fact, the knobs really don't do much, the buttons are the real tone control.

Oh and if you play in cramped venues with a single coil pickup, don't stand close to a CTM - it has a lot of transformers

 

 

The CTM EQ is somewhat quirky but has become my favorite. Magnificent with Passive Bass /Flatwound strings

 

I don’t think the CTM is for everyone but for me it’s the bees knees

 

I still use my 98 ABM Klystrom as well. 

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On 13/05/2022 at 05:04, FinnDave said:

I've had quite a few Ashdown amps, and the only times I've had to use the warranty was with a couple of ABM 600 heads. They were replaced without hesitation. 

I have had no issue with Ashdown gear aside from wear and tear / basic maintenance. 

Obviously will get a Tubes bill at some point for the CTM-300 

 

When I have contacted them they always reply promptly when given my location they could choose to ignore me😂😂

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On 13/05/2022 at 03:31, BassAdder27 said:

I’ve been through some good and not so good amps and I must say the ABM600 is proving to be the very best.

 

At first it takes time learning about the EQ and when to use or not use that famous Shape Button and you soon learn that this amp is a true gigging star. 
I think I would be hard pressed to improve on it.

Im even liking the ABM cabs too 

 

I very much like the old ABM cabinets. Still going strong. The ABM 1510HX is my favorite. 

 

Once again they are not for everyone and certainly couldn’t be described as “Hi-Fi” but for me they work good. 

 

I had a ABM115 blue speaker (Italy?) as well that was a bit “brighter” 

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