GK 400RB vs. Ashdown MAG 300

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Aval2ach, Dec 4, 2005.

  1. Aval2ach


    Jul 14, 2005
    Warsaw, Poland

    So I have an opportunity to sell my Ashdown MAG head, and buy an GK 400RB(first edition, pre-90's for sure).

    I'm not asking about the power or the price. The thing that matters is the sound.

    Will the GK sound better?
    Is 240$ a good price for GK?
  2. Mattski


    Jan 6, 2003
    Cleveland, OH
    $240 is at the high side of reasonable. The last two I bought were about that with shipping. If it's in good shape, it will be a bulletproof, great sounding amp. Very conservative on the power rating (very powerfull 200 watts).

    I have never heard an Ashdown MAG. I am assuming that you don't like it if your looking at other amps.

    Good luck!
  3. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    The old 400RB has become a classic.

    Man, does the Ashdown Mag 300 look like someone else copied it, or what? Not to cast any aspersions, of course.

    I would love to have an old 400RB, but I have not yet seen any for a price that seems reasonable to me. My point of comparison is that you can get a brand-new Backline 600 head for $300 with free shipping. It probably has roughly the same sound, with a bit more power, and of course you get the warranty.

    On the other hand, the fact that an old 400RB sells for a sizeable fraction of the price of a 600BL, means that a lot of people must still consider the 400RB to be worth the money.