Ashdown LB30 valve bass amp and matching 2x12 cab
Continuing my gear clearout here we have an Ashdown all valve 30 watt bass amp (The Little B*****d) and the matching (and quite rare) LB212 cabinet, not to be confused with the similar but heavier chinese made VS212.
Brilliant sounding, reasonable weight and LOUD little bass rig - don't be fooled by the 30 watt rating. Check out some of the reviews for this amp online.
Looking £400 (firm) for this magic wee rig.
Here's what ashdown have to say:
"Rebellious, uncompromising and cool as f***, James Dean - and the car he nicknamed the Little b*****d - are the inspiration for this iconic, all-tube mini bass amp head. Rated at 30-Watts, the Little b*****d won't rip your head off, but its EL84-equipped power section is more than capable enough for small gigs. And, of course, it won't put your back out on the way.
The Little b*****d preamp stage employs ECC83 and ECC82 tubes and features High and Low gain inputs, front panel-mounted Effects Send and Return, rotary Bass, Middle and Treble controls with Mid Shift, Bass Shift and Bright switching, Mute switch, rotary Volume control and balanced DI output. The Little b*****d head partners perfectly with a range of Ashdown US Series cabinets. "
Little b*****d Specifications
Power Output (RMS) 30W
Power Handling 30Hz to 16Khz
Speaker Outputs Jack
High Instrument Input 450 MV
Low Instrument Input 150 MV
DI Output Line level -1K
Output Impedance Minimum Load 4 Ohms
EQ Simple Passive Bass Middle Treble EQ Rotary controls.
Effects Send Valve Driven Inst Level
Effects Return Valve Recovered
Pre-Amp Tubes 1 X ECC83 1 X ECC82
Output Tubes 4 x EL84
H x W x D (mm) 218 x 407 x 260
Weight (kg) 11
Ashdown LB-212 Little B*****d 2x12 Bass Cabinet
The Ashdown LB212 300W 2X12 Bass Cab is specially voiced to complement the LB 30 ('little b*****d') all-valve head. An exquisite, vintage style cabinet.
Rebellious, uncompromising and cool, James Dean – and the car he nicknamed the 'Little b*****d' – are the inspiration for this awesome yet diminutively powered stack.
Ashdown LB-212 Little b*****d 2x12 Bass Cabinet Features:
Impedance: 4 Ohms
Power Handling: 300watts
Dimensions HxWxD (mm): 730 x 470 x 335
Would you consider trades/p/x for this?
Perhaps. Depends what's offered. Cash is king though...
Thinking about it I need to do some pedal testing before I consider a bass rig so I'll sit this one out for now.
Had my eye on a LB for some time now though, so I am pretty curious. How is the DI out on it? Is it anything close to what comes out of the speaker?
I've only used the DI once myself and it was through an unfamiliar (and awfully booming sounding club) PA so I can't give much of an opinion there, but I did lend the head to a guy I trust (with 50 years playing experience, and a beautiful 64 pbass...) and he liked the DI sound A LOT. The DI is post output transformer so you get the sound of the EL84s breaking up. The down side is that the DI output level is controlled by how loud you have your volume set, but if you can live with that it's all good.
I'd love to keep it, but I've no time to play anything nowadays, so 3 interchangeable rigs is OTT (have 2 500 watt combos of different configurations and a nice, fairly compact neo 4x12 too). It would make a really nice recording rig, either micing the cab or with a dummy load and using the DI.
Would trade for an orange terror bass with a little cash my way.