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New 100 watt head - anyone used Ashdown before?

posted Aug 23, 2014 01:33:58 by MichaelWamback
Just bought one of these Ashdown 100 watt DSP Fallen Angel heads on Ebay.



The price was really good, so I couldn't pass it up. And it's just a really cool looking head (I dig the retro science fiction look of it - reminds me of Dr. Who for some reason.) The guy selling it said it was a really good amp head, in near mint condition. He was selling it to raise money due to family issues.

I've never heard one of these, since they seem fairly rare on this side of the pond. My understanding is that they have a pretty fat bottom, which is good for me. I love drop tuning and a very heavy morbid sound, so I'm thinking this is going to work really well.

Any of our English friends ever hear one of these, or know anything about them? Just trying to figure out what I should expect and watch out for.
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TrickyRicky said Aug 23, 2014 07:55:55
They are popular and the amps are solid and have a big reputation. They are principally known for bass amps and were used by John Entwhistle, Roger Waters and Guy Pratt to name a few. Ashdown has a list of artists here. Yours looks great.

(Not to be confused with budget brand 'Ashton' that uses similar colouring in their amplifiers).
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MichaelWamback said Sep 26, 2014 15:57:54
Update - Got the amp in the mail, but it didn't completely survive. The owner had packed the footpedal and power cord inside of it without removing the preamp tubes. 2 of the 3 of them were smashed, as the amp got tossed around in transit.

Ordered a set of JJ ECC83s tubes and installed them (after cleaning out all kinds of shards of glass.)

So, finally got to plug it in for the first time yesterday.

The amp was everything I hoped it would be. The sound was thick and warm but not muddy. Very haunting tone, which is exactly what I wanted. I feel the name "Fallen Angel" perfectly suits it.

Couldn't crank it up in my apartment, and still in the process of deciding which cab I'm going to buy for it. Had converted my Raven 60 watt combo amp to use as a cabinet in the meantime. Thinking I may go with Carvin, as I do rather like the look of their Legacy series. And in worse case, could swap out speakers until I find a pair that sounds right.

So - a happy ending :)
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