Yes, sadly the 6505+ 112 is no more, it just didn't cut it in the band mix. As of Monday night the Ashdown Fallen Angel 180 I'd borrowed is officially mine, and now the only amp I own.
Using it in rehearsal the last few weeks has pretty much confirmed my previous thoughts about the tone. It's definitely sitting somewhere between a modded Marshall and a Laney, with more of a midrange roar about it than the crappy Chinese made versions. Though some of that could be due to this one having a few tweaks from the factory when it was ordered. The low end is hellishly tight, like a Marshall-esque equivalent of a Triple Rec. For those at the recent meet, I'd say it's as tight or tighter than John's JCM2000, but without needing all the pedals he had to make it that tight.
I do find it amusing that it's relatively lacking in gain considering it was designed to steal sales from Mesa & Peavey in the 7 string nu-metal crowd, and the preamp is definitely voiced (like many Marshall's/Marshall clones) to get the best drive when you're pushing power tube distortion. However, with 180W I personally don't want to be anywhere near it when it get's loud enough to overdrive the output section, I'm pushing towards drowning out the entire band at 4.5.
It's also incredibly resistant to feedback for a high gain tube amp. I've got the gain maxed & the on board boost engaged and need no noise gate at all. Just lightly touch the strings and it totally kills the tiny amount of feedback you get. Bit of a bugger really, we've got two songs where we need the guitars to feed back Having said that, the trade off is pinch harmonic's really scream.
Anyway, too lazy to take better pics for now, I'll try and grab some tonight. I'll recycle the previous one's for now:
I am looking forward to playing this thing. I always thought the Ashdowns sounded good, they just have never heard of reliability. Hopefully this one stands up where the others didn't!