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NAMM 2015: Ashdown Announce Reissues of the Classic ABM Rig Used by John Entwistle on Final Tour

(PRESS RELEASE): Since John Entwistle’s untimely death in 2002, his thunderous bass sound and style have resonated on, leaving an indelible mark on the history of both the instrument and popular music.

In memory of the legendary bassist, Ashdown are now re-issuing the last touring rig used by Entwistle - the RPM-1 Pre Amp and ABM-1000 Power Amp. Both will be meticulously crafted in Ashdown’s UK based Custom Shop.

“We had a fantastic relationship with John Entwistle and were hugely proud when he chose the ABM EVO II to be his live rig to deliver the thunderous power of his bass performances,” says Ashdown’s Mark Gooday. “After numerous requests from fans and artists, we decided to re-issue John’s rig of choice for his last tour - exactly as per the specs of the originals he loved so much.”

The RPM-1 is a classic rackmounting pre amp, based on the groundbreaking ABM EVO II - the second generation of Ashdown’s ABM range.

The pre amp features a powerful 7-band EQ that combines standard bass, middle and treble controls with two pairs of additional sliders giving 15dB of cut and boost at 180Hz, 340Hz, 1.3kHz and 2.6kHz. The EQ can be switched in/out and between flat and shaped using an optional footswitch.

A blendable solid-state and tube preamp can be preset and also selected via footswitch, serving up a wealth of tones from clear and clean through to fat overdrive.

Ashdown’s legendary Sub-Harmonic Generator is also available - precisely tracking the main signal and reproducing it an octave lower for mixing back it to the original to create everything from a subtle thickening to a full-on earthquake-inducing rumble.

RPM-1 also features a balanced DI Out with pre/post EQ switching, separate Sub output, tuner output FX loop and a line in for connecting any external audio source.

Chosen by John as the perfect partner to the RPM-1 pre amp, the ABM 1000 is a 2 x 500W power amplifier, delivering massive punch, headroom and volume. Designed to ensure robust performance capable of withstanding punishing stadium shows night after night, ABM 1000 features quad-fan cooling technology to achieve exceptional levels of reliability. Each channel also has its own massive toroidal transformer, ensuring that power delivery is fast and even all the way down to 50kHz.

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