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Small Rigs, BIG Sound!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ebozzz, Apr 16, 2015.

  1. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    There are some crazy deals going on for Ashdown gear right now and they just seem to keep coming my way! :D Now, other than the two pieces of Ashdown gear I own, I really don't have a lot of experience with the brand. Never see the stuff locally.

    I have been cab searching for a few months now. That has been complicated by the fact that I would have to buy to try most of the stuff I am interested in. There's been some reluctance on my part as I have not been able to find what I considered to be MY deal. Well , I found a deal. Not sure if it's mine but I am certainly intrigued by the prospects of it.

    The cost of acquisition initially was what got my attention. Now it's the possibility that I may be able to have a small, extremely portable rig, that sounds good and performs well. I am commuting at the moment but I have a pair of new Ashdown Mi 10 cabs waiting for me at home. Have to admit that I am anxious to see how they will work out.
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  2. I'm thinking of downsizing from my Mesa Boogie Buster 200 and 2 Diesel 115s to a Mesa Prodigy on top of 2 Powerhouse 112s.
  3. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Heard good things about the Powerhouse 112s. Never seen any here in the D. That could be me though as I very rarely venture into Guitar Center locations here. Even when I do, it's mostly a frustrating experience.
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  4. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    About to get into it......

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  5. That is some nice looking boxes. drool
    Are you going to tease us by doing a step by step hook up? :woot:
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  6. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Ok, the cats are out of the bag. Man, these are some nice looking cabs! They also appear to be well constructed. The Ashdown site says each weighs in at 22.5 lbs. and I certainly don't have a problem moving them around. Only thing that is somewhat of a dislike thus far is the fact they only have a single 1/4" input on the back. Nothing else. Given their size though, it's understandable. Time to see what they do now......

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  7. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    :D I thought about doing that but couldn't resist getting right to it! I am actually pretty impressed with them thus far just based on how they look & feel. If they sound respectable, it's going to be one those "It's hard to believe I was able to get a deal like this!" moments. I gotta play a little now....
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  8. That is a nice looking family you have there.

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  9. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    I've reported this pornography to the mods.

    Seriously though, I played a small gig last weekend through my guitarists, single 10 SWR 35 watt combo, and it was awesome. Small coffeehouse backroom to about 50 people. No drums though, just bongos, 2 guitars and me. We had a fair volume and still, I had more headroom left on the amp and it was soooo convienient. Like carrying a briefcase or something. The SWR was deep too, no shortage of tone, but would probably fall just short of keeping up with a drummer. Still, now I'm crushing hard on a quality, easy to move, 1x10 combo. It would probably easily suffice for about 50% of what I do.

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  10. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Ok, I played around with the new additions last night and while I have not decided exactly how I feel about them, I haven't really heard anything that turns me off either. Low volume playing was my only option yesterday evening. The cabs do not have a tweeter. Even so, there's still enough high end clarity to satisfy my needs. There's not a lot of low end girth but I wasn't really expecting that from a small cab with a single 10" speaker. My thoughts right now are that it could certainly be a nice rig for practicing and situations that don't require a lot of volume. Beyond that, I'm just not sure and won't be until I am able to push them a little more.

    One thing for sure is that the stack could definitely make it possible for me to only have to make one trip loading in or out if I do determine that it's useful for gigging with. I mean, I could carry two basses, cables, at least one of my micro amps (maybe even a backup amp) in a double gig bag and one cab in each hand easily. Realistically, it might even be possible to catch a bus or a train to a destination without much of a problem carrying all of the gear described above during off-peak hours. The jury is still out but the potential is there.....
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  11. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    That's encouraging! That little Fender Bassman 25 in my picture would probably be comparable to that SWR combo and even though I've had it for years, I still like the way it sounds. Like you, I'm concerned that my new stack might not cut it with a drum kit. I really need more time to reach a conclusion....
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  12. Worldeeeter

    Worldeeeter Banned

    Mar 29, 2010
    Asheville, NC
    You should check out the Phil Jones combos, like the Bass Cub. I played many open mic nights with one: me, 1-2 guitars, and a singer. They have 2 x 5" speakers, and sound amazing. Plus, they're tiny and lightweight.
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  13. hsech

    hsech Work hard. My Social Security needs a raise.

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa
    I down sized for a lot of my gigs last year. My big stuff is now all vintage gear (1966 Bassman, 1978 Bassman 135).

  14. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    What about GKs newest combos this is what I downsized to...400 watts or 200 with just the combo.12 inch drrivers....

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  15. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    I seriously doubt you'd find any Mesa Boogie bass gear at Guitar Center. Ever. :eyebrow:

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  16. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    I was able to at one time. In fact they regularly stocked Boogie amps at local GCs in my area for a while. That may have changed but what I just said is an actual fact. I know none of the Mom & Pop locations that I am aware of in my area have Mesa products.
  17. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Just want to add that the last time that I saw any of the Mesa Boogie gear at GC was a few years ago. New stuff now, not used.
  18. TrevorOfDoom


    Jun 17, 2007
    Austin, TX
    What I like about smaller cabs is that they can focus in on projecting only what we really need. If you play with a PA, then the house is already doing the heavy lifting on the low end, so the cabs are mostly just there to push mids and make sure everyone can hear you.
    Without PA, you still don't need a ton of information in the sub100Hz category because that's where the thud of the kick lives and you'll just get eaten up anyways.
    Small cabs push mids and just keep us sitting in the mix without too much huff or puff.

    Of course, we'll only know what they can do once you give 'em some juice and let 'em rip!
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  19. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Thanks! Definitely some food for thought. What you just posted made me think of the following video that I viewed when I was considering the purchase. It's the Mi 10 cab but with a different head than I have. It appears that they are switching between the signals of the miked cab and the DI. I think I like the sound of the cab miked in the video....

  20. Burwabit

    Burwabit Likes guitars that tune good and firm feelin women

    Apr 4, 2011
    Lubbock, TX
    light weight
    sounds great

    pick 2 of 3
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