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Re: Hartke v Ashdown Engineering Bass Amps

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Posted by Mickster on July 24, 2001 at 16:12:12:

In Reply to: Hartke v Ashdown Engineering Bass Amps posted by Gary Atkinson on July 24, 2001 at 13:24:33:

: Im currently playing a 2115 200 watt hartke combo but am soon upgrading to a full rig , im torn between a hartke 3000 head with 4 x 10 cab and a 1 x15 cab or a new ashdown abm 900 head with the same speaker configuration, whats every ones view on the two systems which is better?

: Does anyone play ashdowns what do the think of them?

Hey Gary, what's up? I don't own a Hartke or Ashdown, but, I've played just about every Hartke amp(in store)many times, and, I've played the two Ashdown
Electric Blue combos a few times also. If I had to choose between the two, I'd
go with the Ashdown. It has a warmer more traditional tone than the Hartke, which while good sounding has more of a modern hard type sound. The Ashdowns to me sound close to Ampeg amps, though not identical. In fact, Ashdowns sound kind of like 70% Ampeg, 10% Hartke and 20% their own sound. Between the two combos which are both 130 watts, one with a 12, the other with a 15, I liked the 12 better. To me it just sounded tighter. Hartke is a very good amp, you obviously know that from owning one, but, the Ashdowns are a nice change of pace. If I were getting a new amp, it would be an Ashdown.


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