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or some bassists, a fully featured valve amp is sonic nirvana and
in some contexts, rightly so. The rich lush overtones, harmonic
colouring and warm grinding bass tone that can be coaxed from a
great valve head is a sound to behold and no amount of circuitry
or modelling can totally replicate the qualities a valve head
can give you. Ashdown offers this smaller version of the
CTM-300 behemoth - but be aware, this is no shrinking violet!
BUILD QUALITY
Built here in the UK, these are solid pieces of kit and very
much in k.eeping with Ashdown's no-nonsense approach.
Coming in at 590mm x 250mm x 220mm with a weight of
19kg, it's not small by any means but easily transportable.
Both units are finished in a tough black, vinyl, the amp
coming with thick, leather handles sensibly positioned on the
top of the chassis to save the player's bade The cab, made
from birch ply like the amp, sports a fetching vintage red
tweed speaker covering and black, metal protective corners.
The cab is a fair size with dimensions of 760mm x 617mm x
425mm and a weight of 36kg, so I'd advise two pairs of hands
when shifting it - although the recessed carry handles make
the job a little easier. The cab features dual Speahon/jack
sock.ets so you can choose which method you wish to hook,
the pair up with.
The amp is fully featured, the front panel displaying high
and low jack, inputs, a Send/Return loop for your effects,
a sensibly simple control layout with selection buttons for
Mellow, Deep, Shift and Bright, controls for Gain, Bass,
Middle, Treble and Master Volume, followed by an XLR DI
sock.et with Pre and Post EO selection, a selector for the VU
Meter's operation (audio or valve bias) and a control for
selecting one or two valves of the output stage. The rear
panel has three separate Speahon/jack sockets for 8, 4 and 2
ohm loads as well as PreHeat and Main HT power buttons to
protect the valves (2x IlTSSs in the power amp, 2x ECC832s
and 2x ECC82s in the preamp) and allow them to warm up
before operation.
Visually, it all looks the business - and the reflex port at the
base of the cabinet also provides some extra height, as well as
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