ASHDOW N CTM -100 HEAD, CL-410H CABINET PRICES £ 9 9 9 , £ 8 9 9
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ GEAR
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
PRICE
I CTM -100 £999 / CL-410H £899
MADE IN
I UK
POWER
I Amp 100 w atts / Cabinet 1050
w atts RM S
SPEAKER
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4 x 10-inch custom Eminence
speakers and high frequency horn (Off/
Low/High)
FEATURES
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2 x KT88s power amp valves,
2 x ECC832s and 2 x ECC82s preamp valves,
High/Low (active/passive) jack inputs, FX
Loop Send/Return jack sockets, Gain, three-
band EQ (Bass, Middle, Treble), M aster
Volume, M ellow switch, Deep sw itch, Shift
sw itch, Bright sw itch, Mute switch, Pre/Post
EQ switch, Balanced XLR DI socket, Audio/
Bias switch, Tube Selector (1 or 2) switch,
Pre Heat and Main HT buttons for valve
preparation, dual Speakon/jack sockets for
8/4/2 ohm loads
WEIGHT
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Amp 19kg / Cabinet 36kg
WHAT WE THINK
" IT 'S A TONE MONSTER, THAT'S FOR SU RE! WITH
EVERYTHING SET FLAT AND SIM PLE, YOU CAN A LREA D Y
HEAR THE IMPACT OF THE VALVES ON THE TONE"
PLUS
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Vibey valve goodness on tap, w ide
selection of features
MINUS
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A little pricey, but let your ears
be the judge
OVERALL
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A compact set-up that delivers
on its promise of delivering top quality valve
sonic projection and reinforcement. The cab has a response rating from
between 41Hz up to 4kHz with the tweeter in operation.
SOUNDS AND PLAYABILITY
It's a tone monster, that's for sure! With everything set flat and simple,
you can already hear the impact of the valves on the tone. For the
purpose of this review, I used a pair of passive Fenders (a Precision and a
Jazz), a five-string Stingray and a Status Empathy for comparison. A word
of warning - give the amp a few minutes to warm up before letting rip.
Boosting the Gain control added plenty of grit and colour while
the Mellow control softened the delivery, taking away some of the
aggression. The bass and treble controls do what they say on the tin, but
adding the Deep control gave the signal a sub-like character. This tended
to rob the bass signal of definition and presence - but each to their own,
and some players may prefer this.
The Shift control works with the mid settings to offer some mid-
variation, so setting the Shift control in different ways will dictate how
the mid control operates. The Bright control naturally gives extra clarity
and some presence, and don't forget that the tweeter in the cab can be
turned off as well as set to Low or High, depending on your musical
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