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NAMM – Ashdown Launches Rootmaster 800 Bass Amplifier

Ashdown Launches Rootmaster 800 Bass Amplifier

High-powered flagship, Rootmaster 800 Bass Amplifier model, joins the hugely popular Rootmaster Range

Ashdown are proud to announce the bolstering of the popular Rootmaster range with a new high-powered 800W head, delivering powerful features and classic Ashdown tone in a compact, lightweight format that packs enough sonic punch for any venue & is instantly recognisable by it’s stunning polished stainless steal front panel.

The Rootmaster range serves up the signature Ashdown sound combined with big features and robust build quality at a price to suit hard-working bass players on a budget,” says Ashdown’s Mark Gooday. “The RM-800 was designed in response to our players’ requests for the outstanding value and features of Rootmaster to be made available in a high-powered, seriously loud gigging amp.”

Powered by an 800W digital amp, the RM-800 weighs just 4kg ( 9lbs) making it the perfect choice for working bassists looking for serious power and features without the weight. The RM-800 features powerful five-band rotary tone controls to give bass players precise control over their sound. In addition, the ‘Shape’ switch can be used to instantly dial in the classic ‘Ashdown sound’ setting at the push of a button. The EQ circuit can also be switched out to give completely unaffected bass tone if desired.

Bringing increased warmth and body to a strong core tone, the RM-800 includes Ashdown’s simple One-knob Compression. This simple to use, great-sounding compressor delivers a powerful, even sound to ensure the bass will fill out any mix.

Adding to the player’s sonic arsenal, the RM-800 also comes loaded with Ashdown’s Tube-emulated Overdrive, adding character that ranges from warm overdrive through to distorted filth. There’s also a Sub-Harmonic Generator that blends in a low-octave, great for adding depth and definition to any part. Both Drive and Sub are switchable from the front panel or via an Ashdown FS2 footswitch.

Rounding out the feature set is a transparent effects loop for use with external rack or pedal effects, a DI Output for connecting to a mixer, and a Line Input with level control for jamming along with backing tracks.

A combined Jack/Speakon socket with a minimum 4- ohm load provides flexible partnering options with a dedicated range of Rootmaster slim line cabinets, including the new slim line 6×10”, 900W RM-610T cab, with retro cloth grille, road-ready tolex covering and tough metal protective corners.

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