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New Amp Day: Ashdown Little Bastard

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Lowbrow, Feb 9, 2013.


  1. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

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    Snagged at the MF fire sale... I'll never sell the 400RB, but this Little Bastard is the stuff! (Though the Walkabout may take a walk...)

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  2. Rob Martinez

    Rob Martinez

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    Nice! I have one, I put it through an Ashdown VS-115 cab, it sounds great!!

    Enjoy!
     
  3. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

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    Man- this thing sounds flat-out amazing, and it's really a lot of fun. I've become so used to active EQ setups that this interactive passive stack is a real learning process, but it is somehow organic rather than confusing - and I often find amps with 'too many knobs' to be a frustration.

    I've found this demo video to be useful - though the differences in tone that the fellow refers to are probably more audible to him in the room than they are on the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjuLMqgk4Qk

    I would never have considered buying the LB30 if it were not offered for less than 1/2 price. But I got lucky, and am so glad I splurged. If there are any others out there who want the warm-to-raunchy tube experience at rec-room acceptable levels, I highly recommend it if affordable. Look for LB30s to pop up as result of the sale!

    And all you Little Bastard vets - send along your EQ recommendations!
     
  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    I'm a B-15 guy myself ;) but for a long time I've sung the praises of low wattage tube amps, especially if you like distortion, as they'll distort and not blast you out of the room. They sound darn good clean, too.
     
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  6. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

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    I have not been more enthused about a piece of gear since I bought my new Fender Mustang in 1977. It is a great feeling to really be totally satisfied with a purchase.
     
  7. koobie

    koobie

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    What was the MF blow-out price on the LB30?
     
  8. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

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    $399.99
     
  9. sevenorchids

    sevenorchids Supporting Member

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    I was lucky enough to pick one of these up during that sale as well. Very pleased with the sound of this head. Question for owners of this head and the matching cabs. Would the 112 or the 115 be a better choice?
     
  10. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    I missed that stupid sale and have been going crazy ever since I really want one of the little sweeties but not at $849.00
     
  11. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    Just use whatever cab sounds good to you and forget about the size of the speaker. Speaker size is the very least important factor in how a cab sounds.
     
  12. sevenorchids

    sevenorchids Supporting Member

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    Certainly understand that. Not asking because of the size of the speaker, more the reports that some users have said that the 112 was getting overloaded by this head but the 115 wasn't. Not planning to use this head as a gigging head, but wanted to get an understanding of what level the 112 overloads compared to the 115.

    I used this head with my Genz 212T and it sounded great. Also used it with my Ampeg PF-115E and it sounded great.

    Just looking for input on the matching Ashdown cabs and their handling of this head, in particular.
     
  13. TSanders

    TSanders Supporting Member

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    Sweet deal on a cool amp.

    bet it sounds great through the Bag Ends. I run a S-15D fed by a 70s V4B or Aguilar DB359, and its a sweet pairing.
     
  14. rodl2005

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    No doubt it sounded good with a PF115HE cab. Prefect match I would think.:cool:
     
  15. Warwick Qc418

    Warwick Qc418 Supporting Member

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    I'll probably pair it with a ampeg svt 210av, I think it's going to sound pretty nice for a practice rig.
     
  16. Warwick Qc418

    Warwick Qc418 Supporting Member

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    The pf115 is tempting too, are they easy to carry?
     
  17. rodl2005

    rodl2005

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    I think they are. Sure they'd be easier with side handles, but, hasn't been an issue for me.
     
  18. klejst

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    Very nice. I missed out on that killer deal MF had..I always miss out or am one of the last to find out about such deals :atoz:
     
  19. redhed

    redhed TUBE LOVER! Gold Supporting Member

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    SWEET! I love those amps!!
     
  20. bassguppy

    bassguppy Supporting Member

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    I finally got around to demo'ing the LB that I picked up at the MF fire sale.

    Little Bastard---Ampeg 115---P Bass

    ....WOW! I hooked up one of my Ampeg PN115's (8ohms) and loved what I heard. I only spent about ten minutes with it but am thoroughly impressed. With both my 115's I think this amp may be able to do up to medium size gigs (my band isn't stupid loud) with proper PA support and a mic'd cab would be able to hold it's own on the right stage.

    For $839 I'm not so sure but for $399 it's a bargain.
     
  21. KPJ

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