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Ashdown LB-30 Drophead

Classic Sounds From A Respected Builder – This Home-Grown Valve Amp Packs A Real Punch. Design We’ve been seriously impressed with Ashdown rigs in the past, and the model that caught our eye recently was the LB-30 Drophead, which joins the BTA and CTM amp models in the company’s valve range. All Ashdown valve amps are built, from start to finish, at the company’s valve centre, located just down the road from the head office in Chelmsford, UK. “We can actually make valve amps here in England at the same price we can make them in China,” says Ashdown...

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Z.Vex Woolly Mammoth

A Sure-Fire Winner If You’re Looking To Add Some Grunt To Your Effects Arsenal…. Of all the boutique pedal makers, one name that seems to generate more kudos and reverence than many others is Zachary Vex, the man who gave us Z.Vex Effects. Though many of his creations were barely out of their prototype nappies, they were sonically breathtaking feats of electronic engineering. Designed with the help of Chuck Zwicky, his evolution of the Woolly Mammoth is what really made us bassists sit up and take notice. Not only did it achieve all the neccesary grunge and sustain, it...

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UNDER THE INFLUENCE: Eva Gardner

Eva Gardner reveals the album that’s helped shape her career. Album: Cumbia and Jazz Fusion Artist: Charles Mingus Label: Atlantic Records Released: 1978 Standout Track: “Music for Todo Modo” The daughter of Creation bassist, Kim Gardner, Eva Gardner has made a name for herself as a first-call touring professional having lent her formidable bass talents to artists including the Mars Volta, Lyra, Veruca Salt and Telstar. A member of Pink’s band since 2007, Eva brings a sleek, wide-ranging style to the table that owes much to this legendary album. “Cumbia and Jazz Fusion really opened up some channels for...

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