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iamgeorge posted a topic in HelixIâ€™ve seen a few posts here and on the Fractal Forum.. So hereâ€™s my 2c worth on the Friedman ASM-12, having owned two myself. Loved them. Bought them purely because they were/are the closest thing to what a real cab sounds like, which was important to me. Yes, itâ€™s FRFR and does the FRFR thing quite well, BUT, it does the â€˜real sounding cab thingâ€™ better than any other FRFR solution - this was what got me over the line. It was a no-brainer to buy. I used to own the Atomic CLR wedge and strongly disliked it. Too artificial sounding, didnâ€™t sound anything like what I thought a micâ€™d up cab should sound like. Normal music sounded good through it, but playing your guitar through it didnâ€™t cut it, not even close. I also owned 3 different active Alto speakers (a couple old Alto Elvis 10â€™ & 12â€™ which were actually quite good for a budget speaker). Might be a good time to just acknowledge that this is obviously very subjective; what sounded good to me may not sound good to you etc etc and vice versa. Having owned two Friedman BE100, Bogner XTC, 3 different H&K amps, EVH 5153, ENGL Steve Morse and Powerball etc (some decent amps I might add..), I had a pretty good idea what my ears would naturally gravitate towards tone-wise and cab-wise. Iâ€™ve only ever played 4x12 & 2x12s that were V30 loaded or combo V30+Creamback, if that helps. So, after years of playing these amps through these cabs, my ears have memory of the tone (if that makes any sense) and I knew what I would naturally like, or expect to hear. Back to the ASM.. Itâ€™s bulky and a little bit awkward to carry, but itâ€™s worth the awkwardness given the sound that you get is precise but not over the top. Itâ€™s the only FRFR speaker that sounds very close to a real cab and pushes the air â€“ which is what real cabs do, right!?! You can have it in the wedge position or the upright position. I kept it in the upright position 95% of the time. It could keep up with my other guitarists 100W JCM900 and delivered a good mid punch which I think A LOT of FRFR solutions really lack. Again, YMMV. Lastly, because Iâ€™m quite OCD, I had a couple custom covers made up for them because the shiny outer material looks like it can damage/scratch quite easily. Credit to Dave Friedman, the man makes some killer amps and some killer products in general, really. If I was to revisit the FRFR path, Iâ€™d get an ASM. Why did I get rid of them?!? Simply, I donâ€™t play FRFR anymore â€“ Iâ€™ve gone full circle and use my Helix to drive my amp which is my â€˜Aâ€™ rig, and I use my Axe FX-ii with a valve power amp (VHT), which is my â€˜Bâ€™ rig, into a Mesa vertical 2x12 cab.. actually, I use my two 2x12 vertical Mesa cabs! Awesome sound. Anyway, for what itâ€™ worth I hope this helps. If anyone wants the specs for these custom covers that I got made up for it, just send me a PM. Georgy