Our Guide to the Ashdown Bass Combo range
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Our Guide to the Ashdown Bass Combo range

Combos are great for the bass player who wants everything in one box. Turn up, turn on and go. Combos tend to be smaller amps as the emphasis is on portability and for playing in venues where there is not enough room for your 8x10! 

In this blog we're going to take a look at bass combos offered by Ashdown. Founded in 1997, the name Ashdown is now synonymous with top bass players and can be spotted on stages worldwide thanks to their trademark VU meters.

Ashdown's rosta of bass players is formidable too -  Mark King (Level 42), Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd, Saucerful Of Secrets), Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters), Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), John Entwistle (The Who), JJ Burnel (The Stranglers), Brian Ray (Sir Paul McCartney) to name but a few. 

Ashdown's British designed bass products combine incredible tone with incredible power and versatility, packed in rugged shells that are both roadworthy and portable.

So which Ashdown bass combo is best for you - let's find out!

OriginAL Range

The OriginAL Series C112T-300 and C115T-300 both fulfil the criteria of portable but powerful combo amps. The C112T with 12” speaker and C115T 15” speaker models both push out 300w of sound but only weigh a tiny 12.5kg and 15kg respectively. 

Both have comprehensive 5-band EQ and Effects Loop on the front panel, plus DI Output and headphone output for silent practicing. 

Both models feature the ‘kickback’ design so can be used in the traditional vertical position or lent backwards to work as a monitor wedge. The OriginAL C115T meanwhile also includes the unique ‘flip top’ head where the power amp section can be stored inside the main shell for easy transit and then flipped out to sit on top of the cab for easy access on stage.

Where to buy the OriginAL range in the UK

Rootmaster Range

If you want a portable amp but with a bit more punch, then check out the RM-C210T-500 EVO II. This 2x10 combo provides 500w of power and still weighs in at just 18kg. Based on the Rootmaster heads, it features a flexible EQ system, line ins for passive and active basses, overdrive, compressor and Ashdown’s own Subharmonic dial to thicken your bass sound up or you can wind it right up to act as an octaver. 

A line in allows you to route external gear through the amp, post EQ so you can play along to backing tracks, for example, and the headphone output can be used for silent practicing.

Where to buy the RM-C210T-500-EVO-II in the UK

Gear4Music Ashdown RM-C210T-500 EVO II Combo
Guitar, Amp & Keyboard Centre Ashdown RM-C210T-500 EVO II Combo
Professional Music Technology Ashdown RM-C210T-500 EVO II Combo

Studio Line

To fully address portability, Ashdown have introduced the Studio line. The range starts with the tiny Studio Jnr which features 15w of power through an 8” speaker and weighs only 5.5kg. The line then works its way up in size and power through Studio 8 (8”/30W), Studio 10 (10”/50W), Studio 12 (12”/100W) and Studio 15 (15”/300W) to the Studio 210 2x10” model which also offers 300w of power in a cab that only weighs 13.3kg. 

The Studio Jnr and Studio 8 have 3 band EQ, whilst the other models in the range have a 5 band EQ. All models feature Line Input and Headphone Out and the Studio 10, Studio 12 and  Studio 15” also include a Valve Emulated Drive and a Speaker Mute switch. 

There is also a special Studio Speaker Stool version of the 10” cab which includes a handy storage compartment in the back and a padded seat, ideal for pit band players where space and comfort is at a premium!

We hope this guide has been useful for you. Keep an eye out for upcoming Ashdown Engineering blogs and updates on our website and social media pages.

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