Mesa 400+ Ashdown ABM 500????

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by fachie3, Nov 14, 2001.

  1. fachie3


    Nov 12, 2001
    Chicago IL.
    Hi Guys, and gals :)

    I could use some input from you on a choice I might make soon. I am playing on an Eden WT800 with a mesa boogie 2x10 and 1x15. It sounds fine but I think I am looking for a stonger low end sound that only a tube amp can deliver - so here are my options so far...
    1. Trade the Eden in for the Mesa Boogie 400 + with the 2x10 and the 1x15 that would rock.

    2. Buy the Ashdown Combo AMB500 use it for smaller gigs - and use the power from the Eden WT 800 for bigger gigs with the 2x10 and 1x15 speakers.

    I have heard good things about Ashdown - I even went and tried the ABM300 combo and was impressed.

    Would like to hear from the Mesa users and those who have Ashdown in their rigs.

  2. Steven Green

    Steven Green

    Jul 25, 2001
    Pacific NW
    I used to own a 400+ and let me say it was the loudest amp I've played yet! Gut-shaking lows and great tone. It's very heavy, but not as bad as an SVT. I have heard good things about Ashdown, but have never tried one myself.
  3. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    I would opt for #1 unless you can afford to buy the 400+ outright. I think it's extremely unlikely that you would be disappointed in the low-end "grunt" of a 400+. My favorite amp and I own the Eden WT800 (and 400), too. I occasionally haul a '70 SVT so weight is not an issue with me. I do use a full-size Dodge Ram pickup truck, however. If you get the 400+ you should give serious consideration to the Mesa Boogie SUS4 rack they make for the amp. It's the best way to protect it for gigging although it does add a lot of weight.