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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / GC PIck of the Day - Ashdown

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Snohomish WA USA

Look at Them Beans!
Aug 18th, 2016 09:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice deep discount on a rather spectacular bass amp, if you're in the market. Half price! I am very tempted. We'll see if I can hold out.

Ashdownn Rootmaster 220


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Aug 18th, 2016 05:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't have any experience with Ashdown.

Who knows about the brand?

Sound? Quality?

Wonder why such a big discount?


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These days Common

Sense Is A Superpower
Aug 26th, 2016 11:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Can't speak for today, but back in the day(70's-80's), Ashdown was to Bass what Marshall was to Guitar. Kind of the voice(mostly British) of R&R/metal. I seem to recall them having some money/business troubles and kind of fading from the scene. Never actually gone but not the presence that they once were.



Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Sep 27th, 2016 10:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got an Ashdown Mag300 - Neo 15, approx 60
pounds. When I need extra umph, I plug in a
Second Ashdown cabinet, neo 15, 30 pounds.

Great, in your chest sound, pretty articulate.
Go through used section of Guitar Center web,
see a lot, fairly cheap. Don't know if this
is a good sign, but I'm happy with my setup.
(FYI I play acoustic rock, or light classic 60s)

oldFartAshdownBassPlayer Walt

uncle stack-knob
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united kingdom

Sep 28th, 2016 03:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Originally, there was Trace Elliot. They made bass amplifiers as tough as a battleship. The sound was legendary,and the familiar green logo was an instantly recognisable sight.
In order to make greater inroads into the North American market, Trace looked to a partnership with Kaman (Ovation).
However,after a given time,Kamans' shares were acquired by the dreaded Gibson company,and then some private holders sold to them as well giving Gibson a controlling hand.All of this was part of Henry Juscawitzs'or whatever his name is spending spree habits.Before long,the accountants brought him to task and dumped several acquisitions,Trace being one.
But dear old Henry reckoned on keeping the rights to the famous logo. So that scuppered Trace Elliot,until many years later Hartley Peavey managed to retrieve the name and set up a production unit in the U.K. again,but times had changed, and the concept had lost much of its' appeal,despite upgradings.
At their peak,Traces' managing director was Mark Gooday.
When Gibson ruined everything,he left and formed the Ashdown company in the early to mid nineties.
The amps utilised a retro look coupled with bass magnifier circuitry. They are well thought of.


(This message was last edited by uncle stack-knob at 07:03 AM, Sep 28th, 2016)

Tony Wright

Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Sep 28th, 2016 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Stack-Knob: Thanks for the history...several tidbits in there I had not heard before.

Edmonstg: The few Ashdown I have heard sounded fine. Their matched sets (meaning Ashdown head and Ashdown cabinet or an Ashdown combo rig) all sounded fine.

The reason for Stupid Deal of the Day is often depth of inventory or "impending" discontinuing of a specific model.

The STOD for the Ashdown 220 was 10 days ago and according to Musician's Friend current listings, the ONLY Ashdown 220 they have in inventory are a handful of open box...

The Musicians Friend listing for the "bigger brother" (Ashdown Rootmaster 420) shows them out of stock but they have more on the way since there is an "Available by" date in early November.

I would suspect that the 220 may have been too close in features and price point and thus possibly not selling as well as the bigger brother (the 420). I am making guesses, no factual knowledge of MF's business practices.

The Rootmaster series is a class D lightweight digital power amp head with lots of features. Knowing the reputation of the company, I looked at the STOD at the time, but passed simply because I am trying to pay off my MF card before Halloween. Besides, I currently own 5 bass amp heads, I certainly cannot play them all at the same ti.....hey, that might be fun....hmmmmm.

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