Andy Long Bass Player

Four/Five/Six Strings & The Truth


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Music gear for sale

Hi all

A couple of friends of mine have some equipment for sale, details below. If you are interested in anything please contact the seller direct, I am just plugging it for them.

First of all a few bass amps from a fan of the band, Richard Harding. I’ve got no pictures of these, but you can contact Richard at


AH300SMC 300 Watt amplifier head with 7-band EQ, dual band compression.
1048H 4×10″ Celestion loudspeakers plus high-frequency horn cabinet.
1518 1×15″ Celestion loudspeaker cabinet.
All are rugged carpet covered with polished stainless steel protective corners.
Classic Trace Elliot sound, pre-Gibson/Peavey takeover.
Custom fitted padded covers included, plus manufacturer’s manual, speaker & mains leads.  £950 ono (less than half original new price!).



PJB M-500 720 Watt Head.

The M-500 is a single one channel power house with ultimate tone shaped by the 12-band graphic EQ and 3 band parametric EQ. It can power multiple speaker cabinets with ease. Our exclusive optical limiter circuit gives it a very smooth operation. Bass Player magazine in 2004 review quoted it “the best on board limiter found in a bass amp”.

2% silver solder connections; 2.5 mm steel chassis; heavy duty chrome plated corners; recessed Allen bolt mounted handle; custom machined metal and anodized aluminum knobs; and much more. No details left unattended; and they scream quality.

Speaker Cabinets:


Model 6T
Power 600 W
Speaker 6×5″  12Ω 50Hz-15KHz
Dimensions 20.5 x 18.7 x 13 inch 520 x 444 x 330 mm (W x D x H)
Weight 51lbs / 23kg
Color Black


Model 9B
Power 900 W
Speaker 9x5″  8Ω 40Hz-15KHz
Dimensions 20.5 x 18.7 x 18.1 inch 520 x 444 x 381 mm (W xD x H)
Weight 75lbs / 34kg
Color Black
 2 PJB Heavy Duty speaker leads. Mains lead. PJB Manual.
£1,000- ono for the older of the two stacks- slightly road warn but in good condition . Homemade waterproof speaker covers.
£2,000- ono for the newer one , as new condition. PJB Speaker Covers.
Photos on PJB website
Secondly a friend in work is selling this pair of speakers. £70 if anyone is interested. email
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Deep Discussions Bass Event (Pics)

Spent a lovely afternoon in The Vault in Swansea for the Deep Discussions Bass Player gathering.  Some interesting gear to drool over, including

Radio Shop custom wound pickups, based in Bedwas

Pulse custom built valve amps, based in Bridgend (don’t seem to have a web presence)


Also a masterclass from my old mate, Steve Lawson.

Here’s a couple of pics from the day


The Pulse Bass Amps can be seen here, and if you’ve got really good eyesight, the Radio Shop pickups are on the table.

P1000143  P1000144

P1000149 P1000150 P1000152

three bass amps for sale

So, further to my recent blog post about searching for a new, lightweight bass rig. I’ve now pretty much made the decision as to what that’s going to consist of.  Hence I’ve got three amps for sale.  These amps need to go, buyers should be able to collect, but I don’t mind delivering them myself if it’s not too far from Newport, South Wales.  All the prices quoted here are up for negotiation.

Get in touch via facebook or twitter or e-mail me at (go to the contacts page on this site).

Various sizes, let’s start with the smallest.


Fender 25B. This is a 25 watt practice amp with a fantastic sound. I’ve even been able to use it for small gigs or worship group sessions. Vinyl covering with a carry handle. £50













Gallien-Krueger Backline 112. 100 watt kickback combo. Two channel input with some kind of built-in distortion function. Nice sound, I’ve used this for some gigs and theatre shows where space is tight.  The carpet covering on top of the amp is slightly frayed, but not too bad (thanks cats!) £100


Ashdown ABM 400. This has been my main gigging combo for the last year or so.  It’s a few years old and has had a speaker replacement so it now houses a 15 inch Wembley Loudspeaker ( This amp is a truly fantastic piece of kit, the best live sound I’ve ever had. It really cuts through the band and has tremendous presence and quality.  I’ll be sad to see it go, but it’s physically too heavy for me and that’s the only reason I’m putting it up for sale.

The rear panel of the vinyl covering has been cut away by the previous owner when the speaker was replaced, leaving bare wood.  This is not all that bad as it can’t be seen in a gig situation.  I still have the panel if the buyer wants to stick it back on again.  £250

If anyone out there is interested in any of these amps, please do get in touch and let’s deal. Also, if you could repost this blog anywhere I would be grateful





Thinking about a new bass amp…


I’ve got a few amps sitting around my house, but the one I use most of the time is an Ashdown ABM400 combo.  I bought it last year from ebay, it’s got a few miles on the clock but it sounds fantastic.  Problem is it weighs as much as a baby hippopotamus and I am getting too long in the tooth to hump this beast up three flights of stairs to the function room.

Looks not dissimilar to this one.  Recently I’ve been thinking that what I could really do with is one lightweight all-rounder, an amp that is easily portable, but has enough power and presence to stand up in the band setting.

I don’t play at huge volumes so there is potential for a smaller rig that would fit every situation. I could sell the four amps that I’m currently sitting on, although none of them are worth much money but this would go some way to financing a new set-up.

Have been browsing online and talking to a few shops and these are some of the models I’m currently looking at.  There’s no rush to make a decision, I want to get it right first time.

Any opinions on these amps welcome, or any recommendations for others to check out.

TC amp

TC Electronic BH500 with a 2*12 and a 2*10.  A great looking set-up at a fantastic price, the cabs are light-ish, but maybe not lightweight enough, however for most gigs one cab would suffice.


Markbass Little Mark 250 Black Line with 2*10 cab. This is probably looking favourite at the moment. A lighter weight cab and I know the Markbass stuff sounds great.


Phil Jones Bass BG150 with some sort of extension cab. Ultra lightweight, sounds great but probably too expensive.


Eden EGRW1264 bass amp bundle: WTX264 head AND EX112 cab. Probably need an additional 1*12 but this looking like a great set-up too.



Gallien-Krueger MB210 – looks good but not sure if I want another combo.

Any thoughts?

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