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Ashdown Rootmaster EVO Series Delivers Workhorse Reliability at a Great Price

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Ashdown Rootmaster EVO Series Delivers Workhorse Reliability at a Great Price

Ashdown Bass Combo Rootmaster EVO Series is the Perfect Gig Ready Amplifier Built for the road and to last longer.

For those seeking tone, power, and reliability without the weight normally associated with high power bass amplifiers the Rootmaster EVO head series are the perfect solution. This combo meets the need of gigging musicians and pro’s, for silent practice and also doubles as handy practice devices.

Ashdown Bass Combo Rootmaster EVO is the Perfect Gig-ready Amplifier Built for the Road and To Last Longer

Ashdown Bass Combo Rootmaster EVO is the perfect gig-ready Amplifier built for the road and to last longer. Ashdown Rootmaster EVO head is a gig-ready amplifier for a hardworking Bass Player, built to last for the road. For gigging pro’s, ABM sets the standard with a class-leading preamp and powerhouse high-wattage performance. This combo is laden with class and it features world-class quality. You don’t have to worry, Ashdown Roomaster is built for the road and represent for gigging musician built to last forever

Ashdown’s upgraded Rootmaster range, Rootmaster Evo Amp now projects more power than ever because the amps have been upgraded in nearly every way to make them better for musicians looking to gig their gear.

The preamp includes both passive and active input jack sockets for use with high and low output instruments, this sets a clear signal path to the input control enabling you to fine-tune your input level using the trademark Ashdown VU meter. With the signal at its optimal level, you then hit the rich features designed to sculpt and enhance your tone, such as the shape button, comprehensive 5-band EQ and on-board compressor. The drive control, as always delivers a delectable valve emulated over-drive, whilst the sub harmonic controls add further fatness to your tone – both can be foot-switched via an FS 2 footswitch (sold separately).

The rear of the Rootmaster EVO II is also feature-laden and has a balanced DI out, Line In, FX Loop, Headphone-out plus a Neutrik Speakon/Jack for adding an 8 Ohm extension cabinet.

Lastly, a handy mute switch allows silent tuning and changing of instruments, the VU changing from orange to cool blue when muted.

The Best EQ in the Business Just Got Better!

Bassists plugging into EVO IV will be greeted straight away by the flickering of the new Input VU meter, allowing them to quickly find the sweet spot for their instrument. From there, EVO IV features a sophisticated 9-band EQ, with familiar Bass, Middle and Treble controls and six sliders providing precision cut and boost at 100Hz, 180Hz, 340Hz, 1.3KHz, 2.6KHz and 5KHz. The EQ can be switched in via footswitch taking the player from a flat fretless sound to their favourite EQ setting instantly. The NEW 9-band EQ is a revelation of sonic perfection and will surprise older ABM users.

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Rootmaster EVO II Features Ashdown | Setting the standard since ’97.

Dedicated to hard-working bass players, the Ashdown Rootmaster EVO II range delivers workhorse reliability and facilities. This combo is laden with class and it features world-class quality. You don’t have to worry, Ashdown Rootmaster Series is built for the road and represent for gigging musician built to last forever.

Let’s show off the features and sounds of the Rootmaster EVO II head Series.

Matt anodized alloy front panel

A matt anodized alloy finish makes reading your controls and settings easy under even the brightest stage lights.

Simple, powerful EQ

The Rootmaster EVO II pre amp now includes a passive and active input jack socket for use with both high and low output instruments. The five- band rotary tone controls act with surgical precision to provide total control over your sound, while a shape switch instantly dials you in to a classic Ashdown tone setting, straight from the world-famous ABM.

What is ABM?

ABM stands for Ashdown Bass Magnifier

And so the ABM was born, simultaneously setting new standards in tonal flexibility, power and reliability. The original name for these first amps was Klystron Bass Magnifier, inspired by a scene from Flash Gordon (one of Gooday’s favourite movies) in which Doctor Zarkoff says: “Turn up the Klystron Magnifier”.  The huge images of power depicted in the movie sat perfectly with the image and the sound Ashdown wanted to portray. With the name morphing to ABM (Ashdown Bass Magnifier), these early units were built by Gooday, his wife Jane, son Dan, and daughter Daisy in the living room of the family home every evening, allowing him to visit dealers and artists in the daytime. It didn’t take long for the reputation of these incredible new amplifiers to get around.

One-knob Compression

The simple but highly effective foot-switchable on-board compression allows control over the dynamic range of your tone while increasing sustain & thickness, helping to make the overall level of your playing as consistent as possible.
Overdrive & Sub
With foot-switchable flexibility, our tube-emulated overdrive can take your core bass sound and push it into warm overdrive through to distorted filth whenever you need to add extra grind and girth to your tone. Bringing extra depth and definition to your bass parts, the Sub-Harmonic Generator lets you dial in a sub-octave and kick it in via footswitch whenever you need the extra depth for those super-heavy Godzilla moments.

Totally connected

If you want to use your favourite pedals or multi-effects, you’ll find send and return sockets on the back panel, along with a DI output for direct injection into the PA mixer or recording console and a Line Input (with front panel level control) so you can jam along with a backing track in rehearsal. A combined Neutrik Jack/Speakon socket allows the connection of an 8ohm extension cabinet.

Headphone Output

The Rootmaster EVO II range now comes equipped with an on-board headphone preamp to allow for silent practice, which doubles up these gig-ready amplifiers as handy practice devices. The headphone preamp maximises the full sound potential of your headphones, so now your in ear sound can match the quality of your stage sound.
Variable Valve Drive Plus – from zero to rock hero!
Our Variable Valve Drive preamp section has also been upgraded in EVO IV. Delivering more current to the 12AX7 tube enables more drive and harmonic content than ever before, enabling players to dial in a sound from pristine clean, to the fattest, fullest bass overdrive currently available. The Drive level can be preset and kicked in and out via footswitch, providing access to a huge range of clean, warm, and overdriven tones.

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RM-300-EVO II HEAD

For those seeking Ashdown tone, power and reliability without the weight the RM-300 EVO II is the solution. Perfect for practice, rehearsals and small to medium gigs.  Weighing in at just 2.1KG(4.6lbs) but boasting 300 watts of power, class-leading quality, and features. The Rootmaster EVO II range also now comes equipped with an onboard headphone preamp to allow for silent practice, which doubles up these gig-ready amplifiers as handy practice devices. 

RM-500-EVO-II-Head

For those seeking Ashdown tone, power, and reliability without the weight the RM-500 EVO II is the solution. Perfect for small, medium, and even larger shows when paired with the right cabinets. Weighing in at just 2.1KG(4.6lbs) but boasting 500 watts of power, class-leading quality, and features. The Rootmaster EVO II range also now comes equipped with an onboard headphone preamp to allow for silent practice, which doubles up these gig-ready amplifiers as handy practice devices. 

RM-800-EVO II HEAD

For those playing larger stages seeking huge headroom, Ashdown tone, and reliability without the weight the RM-800 EVO II is the solution.  Weighing in at just 2.6KG(5.5lbs) but boasting 800 watts of power, class leading quality, and features. The Rootmaster EVO II range also now comes equipped with an onboard headphone preamp to allow for silent practice, which doubles up these gig-ready amplifiers as handy practice devices.

ROOTMASTER EVO II 

Inputs

High Input Impedance – 3.9M ohms Input range 150mv to 20v p – p
Low Input Impedance – 10k ohms Input range 300mv to 40v p – p
Effects Return Impedance – 22k ohms Input level 0dbu nominal
Line Input Impedance – 22k ohms Input range 300mV

Outputs

Effects Send Impedance – 22k ohms Level 0dbu nominal
D.I.Output 420 ohms balanced pre ground lift Level -20dbu nominal
Speaker Outputs Minimum Impedance – 4 ohms
Frequency Response -3db at 22hz and 25khz
Headphone Output 3.5mm Jack output @ 32Ohms

Equalization

Bass +/- 15db @ 100hz
Lo Mid +/- 15db @ 340hz
Middle +/- 15db @ 660hz
Hi Mid +/- 15db @ 1.6Khz
Treble +/- 15db @ 7khz shelving
Shape + 8db @ 50hz + 10db @ 10khz

Signal to Noise Better than 80db (E.Q. Flat)
Distortion Less than 0.5% Thd

Output Power

  • RM-800-EVO II – 802watts into 4 ohms
  • RM-500-EVO II – 507watts into 4 ohms
  • RM-300-EVO II – 304watts into 4 ohms

In Conclusion

This little unit packs a ton of excellent features that have obviously been well thought out. Not only are these features user friendly, they’re very musical in nature. You get deep warm bass tones and sparkling highs if that’s what you want. However, what most impressed me about this head was it’s warmth. it just sounds fantastic with any cab I hook it up to and it’s got a tone of power. This bass amp gets loud and can easily handle most if not all gig situations. I play in a Southern rock band with two guitars, keys, vocals, and a loud drummer and it cuts through no problem at all. I love it and would most definitely recommend it to any bassist looking for warmth, features, portability, and power. it comes with a five-year warranty as well. What’s not to like? Check it out and fall in love all over again!

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