An ashdown decision....

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by rob, Jul 29, 2004.

  1. rob


    Mar 26, 2004
    :help: In the next the month or so when my band starts going to be setting myself up with an ashdown rig.Now the only thing im concernd with is that im stuck n between ABM 300 evo II 325W and the ABM 500 evo II 575W. I have already made my mind up about the ABM 414h 650w 4x10" 4ohms cab right… With my little knowledge about rigs, I have been thinking is it worth me getting the ABM 300 evo II 325W , when I know I will obviously want to upgrade as the gigs get bigger. Now the ABM 414h 650w 4x10" 4ohms cab is a 650 w cab if I go for the ABM 500 evo II 575W head will that be pushing my cab to the limit which if true then I’ll have to get another cab. Or should I just stick with the ABM 300 evo II 325W head and rely on the venue’s PA’s( if they have any)
    The ABM 300 evo II 325W + ABM 414h 650w 4x10" 4ohms cab = est. £1250
    The ABM 500 evo II 575W + ABM 414h 650w 4x10" 4ohms cab = est £1500
    Which do rekon would be the better investment. Money is a slight factor but if I need to spend more to get a quality rig then that’s what credit cards are for...right.
    Any help with my decision will be greatly appreaciated…
    thanks :bassist:
  2. sloppysubs


    Nov 24, 2002
    Swansboro, NC
    i have the 414 cab and an abm 900. if i as you id get the 500. this way you can run the cab and the amp at full power. it will definately be the best investment youve ever made. and you wont need to buy another cab or amp. get the 500 and the 414. good choice too by the way.
  3. ^ I agree. Why not just get the big amp first instead of spending money on the smaller one then upgrading later?

  4. Right.... question and some thougths!

    Where are you - the Ashdown prices seems quite....well, pricey! (Mind you I've never priced the 4 ohm 4 x 10 from Ashdown!) I got mine from Sound Control in Glasgow!

    I got an ABM 500 EVO, a Mini 48 cabinet and a Mini 15 cabinet all in for £1440 last year! (amp £750, 2 cabs £690 total) The Mini cabs are great for your back, and sounded as good as the Trace Elliot 4 x 10 and 1 x 15 I sold off!

    If you only have the one cab (the one you mention) you'll be able to use all of the 575 watts from the 500 head, and it'll handle it just fine. However, you won't be ably to add another cab with that head (adding an 8 ohm cab will take the impedance down to 2.67 ohms, adding another 4 ohm cab will take it down to 2 ohms - neither of which that head is rated for!)

    Also the 300 head will put out all it can into that cab! If the venue's have PAs your amp will become your stage monitor. However, if there is no PA, and you have loud geetars to compete with, you might find the extra headroom available in the ABM500 head useful!