NAMM 2009: New Ashdown Amps!
At the NAMM Show 2009, in sunny Southern California, the world had the first glimpse of exciting new Ashdown gear including the BTA 400 Valve Bass head and US Series Bass Cabinets.
BTA 400 Head (400W Vacuum Tube Head)
When Ashdown made a tube amp head, it was always going to be something very special. The BTA 400 (Big Tube Amp) partners a feature-laden ABM EVO III preamp with a sledgehammer 400W power section comprising of 8 KT88 tubes and massive output transformers. You get a sub-harmonic generator, built-in compressor and classic Ashdown 'rotary plus slider' EQ providing 20dB of cut and boost at 60Hz, 660Hz and 5kHz, supplemented by 15dB cut and boost at 180Hz, 340Hz, 1.3kHz and 2.6kHz.
Comprehensive connectivity includes a balanced DI output with pre or post EQ switching, a sub-bass output, a tuner output, an FX loop and a line input, and a 4-way footswitch is included for maximum performance control. Alongside great tone and flexibility, what makes the BTA 400 really special is its reliability. With a chassis suspended on car engine mountings and a circuit design that will even survive running with no speakers connected, this is a tube bass amp head you can depend on.
US Series Cabinets
Hand-built at the Ashdown factory in Kentucky, USA, the US Series cabinets combine massive performance with exceptional value for money. Constructed from locally sourced 3/4" birch play, cabinets are glued, pinned and screwed for maximum strength and protected by hard wearing black tolex for a life on the road. The drive units are also made in the US, and feature classic ceramic magnet assemblies and paper cones, and hand wound voice coils.