I'm not totally sure, but since there's been posts about Ashdown's reliability, I wanted to put up my guess on a change at Ashdown. Note, these are my observations and I might be totally wrong! I ordered an ABM500 EVOII 6 weeks ago. They had just sold out the last of the inventory at the major US warehouses so I was put on backorder. There was about a month of no inventory on this model, which I think is one of their most popular. Then the new shipment hits the warehouses about 10 days ago. Ashdown drops the price on the ABM500 EVOII to $799 from $999. I just got mine 3 days ago. It is obviously of this new shipment of ABM500's to the States. I'm not positive, but it seems to be made in China (or wherever Ashdown has their Far East plant). The box itself is sourced from a Chinese supplier and there's no more "Made in England" on the box or the unit like on the Ashdown Mini 15 and Mini 48 I just got . It now says "Designed and Engineered in England. Made by Ashdown Engineering". This leads me to believe that this is not a UK unit and manufacturing is now in Asia. I want to add that the unit is REALLY nicely made from what I can tell. I had a UK Mark King head and this unit feels as good or better built. The fit and finish are perfect. I'll have it on gigs this week to see how it does. What's interesting, seeing all the talk about Ampegs move to Vietnam, is that Ashdown did lower their price on this very popular unit - and they didn't have to. I also wonder if (and I cringe to say it) if the problems of failing amps were or are due do the growing pains of such a young and successful company. Maybe this move (if it really happened) will ultimately help. I hope it works for everyone.