The Downsize Dilemma, Pt. 1

For a while now I’ve been thinking about downsizing my bass rig, which consists of an Ashdown EVO II 500 head and an Ampeg SVT 410HLF Cab.  Now I really love this combination as that I feel that I finally found the tone I have always been striving for.  Problem is I haven’t really used it in over 2 years and I hate to see it sit.  In all honesty chances are I won’t be playing in a band where I need this much amp anytime soon.  I’ve been wanted to get a nice combo, most likely in the GK or Fender variety, for quite some time but have resisted as that I haven’t been using the rig I have.  At this point I have made up my mind to first sell the Ampeg 410, even though I love this cab dearly. Seriously, it is the best cab I have ever had, tone to die for, so I hate to part with it, but . . . I’m thinking sell the cab, keep the head, at least for now, paired with an Avatar 210 I also have, and use the cash from the Ampeg to partially fund a new combo. This way if I find a combo is not enough for some situations I still have the Ashdown head, and if the 210 cab isn’t cutting it for me either I can alway rent something bigger when I need it.  So now the fun begins, checking out combo amps to find the right one for me!  I’ll be sure to keep you posted on how it goes.

2 Replies to “The Downsize Dilemma, Pt. 1”

  1. I bought a MarkBass all in one last year. One 12′ speaker, 350 watts. Sounds massive, and easy to expand.
    Instead of GK(ugh) or Fender(same), check out MarkBass. They’re very light in weight, and heavy in sound. Lots of warm, neutral tone in the amp to allow the sound of your fingers to come through.

  2. You know I have GASSED over MarkBass Amps many a time, but have never actually sat down and played one. I hear great things about them, perhaps I’ll make it a goal of mine to at least play through one this year. Thanks for the input!

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