The Classic 300 is a tube amp in all its glowing glory, but Markbass integrated some characteristically clever technology to improve on the archetypal concept. Similarly, the CL108 is an 8x10, but its neo speakers and compact design represent a distinctly modern take on the old backbusting fridge.
The Classic 300 was well built and felt rugged, plus it looks the part, with a front-panel vented stout case, hardy steel corners, and little bits of flair, like Markbass's trademark yellow text and piping. The Classic 300 sounded buttery and thick, but not congested. Its unmistakably syrupy attack was tube-y indeed, but it was still dynamically sensitive and responsive to transients. Paired with the CL 108 8x10 is was easily capable of volume enough for any stage. It�s naturally a bit hirsute, with a furry edge to high-volume notes, but for dramatic effect, the preamp can be pushed into clipping by playing with the GAIN/MASTER volume balance. True-to-form, low-frequency response was admirably big and lumpy, but it�s not the hugest-sounding tube head�more rich and detailed than others, with a colorful midrange and balanced response.
The CL 108 is the cutest little 8x10 I�ve seen, and its light weight is a trip�it felt like someone forgot to install the last four speakers. I dig Markbass�s concept with the 108: Save weight with neo, but keep the cab sealed like an old SVT, adding a deafeatable tweeter for cats that like a little tinkle in their low-end tickle. Its focused note envelope highlighted its well-developed midrange, accenting the 108�s sublime clarity and pitch definition. The stage spread was still large�as was its sound pressure level capability�but the 108 spoke evenly throughout the room.
The Classic 300 and CL 108 rig is a natural evolutionary step in tube amp design. Coupling modern diagnostic technology to a design that screams for automated maintenance just makes sense, and the resulting setup loses no mojo but gains tons of reliability and gives peace of mind.
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Markbass top-artist Richard Bona plays his Ninja signature products during his visit at Markbass factory.
Luca Angelici from BassYourLife interviewed Markbass top-artist Richard Bona.
Audio recorded @ Officina Musicale, Castellana Grotte (BA) Videomaker Lorenzo Scaraggi.
New video from the Koi live session @ Casa del Jazz-Rome on Accordo.it : "Narada"
ISP Music magazine of Spain has chosen the Classic 300 tube amp and Classic 108 cabinet for the "ISP Music Selected Product" award.
ISP Music magazine of Spain has given the F1 two awards: "ISP Music Selected Product," and "ISP Music Recommended Price."
The Micromark won a "Best of Show" MacsimumNews award at the recent Winter NAMM 2009.
The editors of Bass Gear magazine have chosen Markbass as the winner of its 2009 NAMM show "Outstanding New Amplifier Product Introductions Award".
The Markbass Little Mark II has been voted Best Bass Head and All-Around Best New Product by the readers of Bass Player magazine.
Bass Player magazine has reviewed the Classic 300 head and the CL 108 cabinet, giving both of them their Editor's Award.
The Markbass Traveler 121H was awarded the "Best Bass Cabinet" award at the recent Musikmesse International Press Awards ceremony, held on March 29.
Guitar Part magazine of France has voted the Markbass CMD 103H combo "l'ampli basse de l'annee" (bass amp of the year)!
The UK's Guitar and Bass magazine has chosen the Markbass CMD 102P combo as the overall best bass amplifier of 2005!