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US Bass Bible "Bass Player Magazine" Gives Ashdown Klystron 1000 Head A Glowing Review

Published: Fri April 11, 2008  News Feed

Conclusions? Well for a start they decided it was 'Scary-loud, shaking doors and windows with headroom to spare.”


"The Klystron 1000’s metal grille and hefty plywood case give it serious stage presence, and the matching cabinets combine to create one badass bass monolith. Inside its sturdy steel chassis, the Klystron is pretty austere—a few slabs of circuitry, a lone tube, and a power supply with a titanic toroidal transformer. I was disappointed the Klystron had no crossover and gave no option to bridge its two power amps. Still, with 575 watts per side, the dual-mono hybrid can get scary-loud, shaking windows and doors with headroom to spare.

"The Klystron and Classic-series cabs look and sound massive, and the Klystron’s copious power and cool effects are spot-on. But the rig’s high price (no thanks to the ailing American greenback), limited connectivity, and sheer bulk make it a harder sell."

Read Full Review HERE.

About The Klystron 1000 Head:

Proudly built in the UK, the Classic Series is Ashdown’s flagship bass amp range. Comprising of 500 and 1000-watt Klystron heads, a selection of cabinets and a range of 500-Watt combos, the Classics are about doing everything better – more volume, more dynamics, an extended frequency range and greater versatility.

The 575 + 575-Watt Klystron 1000 head features a single input is switchable for passive and active instruments with a blend of solid state and dual triode tube preamps stages. Three straightforward rotary tone controls provide 20dB of cut and boost at 60Hz, 660Hz and 5kHz, and are supplemented by two pairs of additional sliders giving 15dB cut and boost at 180Hz, 340Hz, 1.3kHz and 2.6kHz.

A built-in dual band compressor acts separately on the high and low frequency components of the signal to provide precise control, while the on-board sub-harmonic generator turns the Classics into powerhouses of tone.

The inclusion of a 4-way footswitch as standard makes Ashdown Classic amongst the most versatile live performance bass amps in the business, providing control over the compressor, sub-harmonic generator, tube grind and EQ pre-shape.

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