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Steve Smith

Steve Smith has been playing bass and guitar for 10 years now, his current band being the Sheffield based group "Fineline". Previous projects include 'Hasselhoff', a fairly ridiculous Derby based 3 piece playing music inspired by that aging lothario and general Knightrider stud, David Hasselhoff., and some small session work pieces for local universities.

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  1. Allan Ferguson
    December 20th, 2012 @ 7:46 am

    Thanks for putting all that info up. Most folk seem to have a lot of knowledge about great British guitar amps but not so much about Bass amps. I’ve owned Ashdown ABM and Orange Bass Terror and think they are both great amps, bang for buck, ashdowns are great and to me sound much more focused and less Woolley than Trace Elliot’s, the Orange is also great for portability and the amp seems to have a more natural and solid bottom end than the ABM. ABM is solid state with hybrid solid state/valve pre amp, Orange Bass Terror is digital with all valve pre amp, both manufacturers all valve series are very very nice. Very different sounding from each other tho… But… To reference the car analogy… you seem to have left out the Aston Martin of British all Valve bass amps!! Hiwatt!! They have the growly grunt (throw bass in your face) of the more american styled valve amp tradition, but the big bad room filling bottom end and sparkly mids, more synonymous to British amps. Lots of bands that are known for their prominent high energy baselines use them. They are also known for that singing, cello like quality when playing in higher registers and are a little cleaner and have more headroom than the the Orange AD200rb (which is known for big dirty bottom end and very bright highs) The Hiwatt DR201 is a legendary amp and built to a military standard, point to point wiring, too quality componants. They cost slightly more than the others, but it’s one of the few high end valve amps out there that you really get what you pay for.

    Another car not represented is the land rover of British amps. Peavy! My mates got a 3rd or 4th hand Peavy Bandit that is probably older than he is, that has been abused time and time again and still pumps out loud old school sounding solid state bass. It’s fallen out of vans, had beer and god knows what else spilled on it and is still going.

    Peavy, like Laney seem to have fallen out of favour recently but they have and still do bring out good products. It’s just a bit sad that ownership and manufacturing a lot of great British products has been taken overseas. So I guess if you are proud of the legendary British Amps and want to be part of it all, you should check out what manufacturers still make their amps in Britain, pay the extra money and help keep the tradition going. :)

    I know Hiwatt do, Orange do, I think Marshall and Ashdown have a “made in Britain range”. You’ll probably find most manufacturers have a boutique custom product that they have that is made in Britain. Valve amps are coming properly back in to fashion tho, which is definitely a good thing and should bring prices down.

    Bass amps… Giggidy!!

  2. BassDude
    July 21st, 2014 @ 1:49 pm

    Back in 1979 – 80 there was company in Britain that made the Front bass amp line. Anybody ever heard of these amps? I think their amps were the British version of the Acoustic amp

  3. JTL
    June 20th, 2015 @ 12:57 pm

    More like, “Oh, the mediocrity.”