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Ashdown vs. Alembic...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jock, May 4, 2003.


  1. jock

    jock

    Jun 7, 2000
    Stockholm, Sweden
    How does the sound of the Alembic preamps compare to Ashdown ABM? I´m looking for a preamp right now but there is nowhere to try the Alembic around here.
     
  2. jock

    jock

    Jun 7, 2000
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Has anyone compared the Ashdown to any other preamps like Demeter, Aguilar, Kern etc?

    Only preamps available to try around here is Ashdown and EBS.:bawl:
     
  3. wulf

    wulf

    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    Never tried an Alembic myself... but how would you describe the Ashdown and EBS preamps you have tried? That might spark a few thoughts from others.

    Wulf
     
  4. jock

    jock

    Jun 7, 2000
    Stockholm, Sweden
    I didn´t try the EBS as I prefer to have tubes in the preamp. I have an Ashdown ABM300 head right now and really like it but want to go with a pre/poweramp rig.
    Maybe I should try the EBS...
     
  5. wulf

    wulf

    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    Jock,

    What are your criteria for a good setup? What's made Alembic feature in your thoughts?

    Wulf
     
  6. TheCreature

    TheCreature

    May 22, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    I use a Demeter H Series in the rack, and an Ashdown ABM300 combo for smaller rooms. Both preamps exhibit that tubey squishiness I love, but the Ashdown does it with more grit. The Demeter is cleaner - obviously - and more "plug and play". The Dem's EQ is subtle and much easier to adjust for the room.

    I love em both.
     
  7. jock

    jock

    Jun 7, 2000
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Well, I do love the Ashdown sound but have not tried much else. And I´ve heard great things about the Alembic. Basically I´d like something like the Ashdown but preferably in a 1 rackspace format. Maybe the Demeter is a good option as I never use the drive control over 12 o´clock. I like a clean fat somewhat vintagey sound without mud, if that makes sense.:rolleyes:
     
  8. i've played a fender tube head that the alembic F-1X is based on. the alembic is still on my list as a result. it was really clean, yet it also had the tube sound. that is the best my bass has ever sounded. it was so lively, bright, thick, and fat all at the same time. it was really incredible.

    robb.