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Novice Bassist Looking For A Bass Amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Stryker, Feb 23, 2005.

  1. Stryker


    Dec 19, 2004
    I've been researching amps for my bass and I came across ASHDOWN AMPS. These amps are engineered in England but actually assembled in China as many other manufacturers have chosen to do. The amps come with a 5 Year Warranty and are extremely reasonably priced in contrast to the competition!

    Many reviews praise the performance of these amps and durability of these amps.

    I was wondering if anyone was familiar or has had experience with these amps? I'm not looking at the stacks, I'm looking at the Combo Amps.

    These are the models I'm interested in :

    1) Ashdown Electric Blue 12-180 : 180 watts Price : $319.95

    2) Ashdown MAGC 115T 1-15" : 300 watts Price : $429.95

    3) Ashdown MAGC-210T : 300 watts Price : $499.95

    I'm relearning how to play after a lengthy lay off period. I'm primarily a guitarist and began learning bass some time ago. I play all genres of music but I prefer : R&B - Funk - Blues and Classic Rock.

    I've also considered the Carvin Amps :

    1) http://www.carvin.com/products/single.php?ItemNumber=PB200-15&CID=BA

    2) http://www.carvin.com/products/single.php?ItemNumber=R1010&CID=BA

    3) http://www.carvin.com/products/single.php?ItemNumber=RC210&CID=BA

    4) http://www.carvin.com/products/single.php?ItemNumber=RC210&CID=BA

    Some have recommended Yorkville combos too. After a bit of minor research I see that Yorkville was actually Traynor amps of old now renamed. Still others have suggested I check out the new Fender Bassman. At this point I'm confused. I do know I'm not looking for a stack at this time.

    Basically I'm still a novice with the bass and I'm not playing gigs. The amp that I select will be basically a practice amp that I'll use later on for small gigs.

    All opinions will be greatly appreciated!
  2. bigbeefdog

    bigbeefdog Who let the dogs in?

    Jul 7, 2003
    Mandeville, LA
    AFAIK (and someone will be along shortly to correct me if I'm wrong), Ashdown has only very recently started production in China. So I'm not sure if durability can yet be assessed on the Chinese models. If they're giving a 5-year warranty, though, that does put the mind at ease.

    As for Yorkville, they've been around for quite a long time as a sort of "brother" with Traynor. I have an old (late 60's) Traynor YC-610 cab, with the "Traynor" logo on the grille - the original sticker on the cab back says "Yorkville Sound". Those two brand names have been joined at the hip for some time.

    I don't see any reason who you shouldn't look further/harder at the Ashdowns, if they seem to be a good fit for you. Any stocking dealers near you for a trial run?