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Ashdown RootMaster RM500

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by bovinehost, Dec 20, 2018.

  1. bovinehost

    bovinehost Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    Thinking about picking one up to augment the Markbass rig and a Fender Rumble 500 I use as backup.

    Anyone have one? Thoughts? Reliability? The usual questions?

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  2. BritFunk

    BritFunk Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2009
    OK - I'll bite.

    I have an RM-500, and have gigged out with it several times, as well as using it at rehearsals, etc. I have used it predominantly with a Hartke 112, both with and without a Peavey 118 cab (for larger spaces/venues).

    LOVE the features - incredible control of your tone and great versatility. I'll vary between a very sterile, metallic 80's bass tone and a warm, edgy sort of "Roundabout" tone, and the RM-500 handles them both equally well.

    Fair warning: this thing is loud, and I mean LOUD. I had rehearsal with a completely mental drummer and half-deaf guitar player and still didn't need to turn it above about 2. Made my fretless just *sing*.

    At the end of several hours of ripping on bass, the amp wasn't even warm.

    So far reliability is 100%. Not a glitch, not a hiccough - nothing. Does exactly what it's supposed to do, gig after gig, and sounds great.

    My $0.02. YMMV. Hope this helps.

    - Kurt
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  3. mrjim123

    mrjim123 Supporting Member

    May 17, 2008

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