Fender 100w vs Ashdown 100w vs Ampeg 100w
I'm a new bass player but I played guitar for many years. I joined a band a couple of months ago and its time to upgrade from the rumble combo I've been borrowing to practice. Definitely looking for all tubes. From my research on here I understand the Bassman 100, Ampeg V4-B, and the Ashdown CTM 100 are all great sounding amps, but usually these comments come from owners of their respective manufacturers' products. And they're all pretty much the same price. I could get my hands a new SVT-CL for 1599, but that's like $250 more.. worth it? I really only want to buy new to get a 3 year warranty.
So my question is what are the differences in the sound of these amps? We play a lot of funk and old classic rock/blues songs. But I also need a good clean channel with less funk. I'm leaning towards the Bassman 100 for its two channels (is one of these for an active?) and the auto calibrate bias/service alerts. On the other hand I'd like to have my sound rather than features. Opinions are also welcome!
Try it in a music store, if you can.
While I agree it's best to try them if you can, good luck finding all three in a music store ;)
My answer would be pretty obvious even though I've played none of them except an old V4B ;) but whatever amp you get, I congratulate you on making the tube move. While there are some definite size and wattage advantages to SS, a good tube amp running clean just sounds so awesome and big and uncompressed by comparison.
I think any of them will get you great sound. But depending on your volume levels, you might actually appreciate having a 300w tube amp, even though it weighs considerably more. Don't get me wrong...100w is not quiet by any means, especially if your cab is on the larger side. But you do have considerably more headroom in a 300w amp. It's kind of one of those "You have to be there" questions that only you can answer. I had a V4B for years when I was starting out and played in some pretty loud bands and didn't run out of headroom to play clean. For some folks, it might not be enough. The SVT (or another 300w tube amp if you absolutely have to :p ) is the sure thing for loud clean, but if you're not trying to vibrate spleens, 100w into a medium cab can still get plenty of bass going in a room.
Sorry for the derail op,Im in this jam myself. Having been a solid state user since I started playing 12 yrs ago,Im ready to jump into a tube amp. Thing is I have no idea if Im going to get enough clean headroom with these 100w amps. And the prices are so close to the 300w Ampeg (which I always wanted to have),but I fear the 300w will never get used to its full potential ie overkill and give me that super pushed tubey tone. Im rocking an Ampeg 810 for my cab and most of the places around here are medium/large sized bars with PA support. What do you guys think? 100 tube watts be enough? Been lelaning towards the new VB4...
Edit: Want to add we are a heavy metal band with a loud drummer and one moderately loud guitar player.
I used to play in bands like that in the 80's and the V4B into an 810 was enough for me to not run out of clean headroom. But the SVT is certainly the more sure choice for clean, although pushing one to distortion can cause nausea in many people, myself included. Really not something anyone can answer for you, though, as everyone has a different situation and different interpretations of what's loud and what isn't.
Yeah, hard to say at this point. The new Ampeg isn't out yet, and Ashdown's tube amps (outside of maybe the Little Bastard) are very difficult to find in stores in the US IME.
Yeah, I need a couple more paychecks and I'll have saved up enough. Of course for a couple more I could get the SVT. The Ampeg ships mid Sept I think. GC told me I could order a bassman through them and I'd be able to return it to the store for refund if I didn't like it. As for Ashdown I'm not sure about their return policy. But I gotta say, it's the sexiest of the three.
But the Fender's got the auto calibrate bias. Whatever that means I haven't really researched it.. but is it really going to save time/maintenance?
I see what you're saying about headroom. I play clean pretty much all the time so I definitely would not want an over-driven sound. So the SVT is a consideration. I already know I like the tone even though its the only all tube amp I've played with.
Guess its down to 300w SVT @1599 vs 100w Fender @1350. I think I'll be getting an Ampeg cab either way. I would like a 1x15 and 2x10, but I was going to settle for the 2x12 SVT. And then I found this...
So I went for the SVT-CL with the 610HLF Cab. Couldn't be happier!
Looks awesome ;)
In your case, it was probably the best decision. Nice going...enjoy!
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