Five Fifteen 100W Review

manufacturer: Ashdown date: 03/15/2005 category: Bass Amplifiers
Ashdown: Five Fifteen 100W
The Five Fifteen bass practice amp combines a 100 watt power section with a single 15" Ashdown BlueLine bass speaker. Sounds can be shaped quickly and intuitively using bass, middle and treble controls, supplemented by a pre-shaped 'deep' switch. A headphone output is provided for private practice along with an extension speaker output.
 Sound: 8
 Overall Impression: 8
 Reliability & Durability: 10
 Features: 6
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overall: 8
Five Fifteen 100W Reviewed by: pathfinder, on march 15, 2005
6 of 7 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 439.2

Purchased from: Speed Music

Sound: I have played several basses through this amp, the latest being a Yamaha BB404, and I am more than satisfied with it's performance. It produces a really warm tone with the mid setting high, but can get equally deep and throaty when the bass is turned up high. For an extra kick, pressing the deep effect button lowers the tone even further, and with the addition of flat tuning on the E string, can produce a genuinly effective metal sonud. As for other styles, including rock, blues, jazz and even counry the performance is admirable, but I believe metal or hard rock are this amp's main applications. // 8

Reliability & Durability: This amp defines quality. Over the two years I have owned it (and used it in the odd gig) nothing has gone wrong with it. I'm not sure if the people at Ashdown had intended this amp for the use of regular gigging, but I would gladly use it for such a purpose. With only a small amount of care and attention (a touch of electrical cleaning spray every so often) I am confident this amp will keep on rocking for many years to come. // 10

Overall Impression: The key to this amp is simplicity. It has enough features to warrant intrest, but not so many as to be confusing. As I mainly play rock, this amp is damn near perfect for my needs. It is as solid as a rock, and the average buyer would find themselves hard pushed to find a better quality amp at this price. Buy one now, you won't regret it. // 8

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