GEAR
ASHDOW N CTM -100 HE AD,CL-410H CABINET PRICES £ 3 9 9 , £ 8 9 9
" IF THE D ESIG N P R EM ISE W AS TO
COME UP W ITH A TRU LY FA N TA STIC
VALVE AM P W ITH TONE TO REV EL IN,
IT 'S A B U L LS E Y E "
taste. This isn't an amp full of sparkly, glass-like highs and neither
should it be, it's fully tailored to the distorted valve-loving rock brigade.
Naturally, the Fenders totally worked with this combination, bringing
out all they had to offer in terms of warm passive rock tones - but
surprisingly, the two active basses seemed to benefit from the added
colouration and growl on offer. The graphite-necked, wooden-bodied
Empathy sounded like an entirely different instrument, its clarity
working well in tandem with the amp and cab. Who says active,
tech-heavy basses don't sound good with valves? This bass and set-up
disproves that theory.
CONCLUSION
At almost £2,000, it's not a cheap set-up by any means, but this isn't
trying to be an all-in-one solution, it's merely addressing a section of
the market that yearns for valve tones. Ashdown has a seriously good
amp on its hands here. If the design premise was to come up with a truly
fantastic valve amp with tone to revel in, it's a bullseye - and the cabinet
is the perfect match for what this amp has to offer. It may be rated at 100
watts but with two cabs attached this would be seriously loud.
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