“When we did our round-up of ultra-lightweight heads back in the September ’07 issue, the Markbass F1 was perhaps my favorite performer…it was the sweetest and loudest sounding. …The tone of these amps is best defined by their lush and colorful midrange, intense and immediate punch and dynamic sensitivity, and capacity for loud volumes. It’s the F500’s ability to sound both smooth and natural while not being at all slow in transient response that is perhaps its most beguiling quality. It’s a versatile head capable of a big variety of sounds, but its strong midrange made it especially nice for smooth fingerstyle….its dense harmonic content in the low-mids and beyond makes it an excellent choice for articulate techniques.”
“The tone filtering is robust, and it is indeed an upgrade over the relatively simple F1.The move to a semi-parametric midrange immediately makes the F500 a must-see for upright players, who tend to like their heads small and equipped with EQ capable of notching out unpleasant resonances or feedback. …The F500 is one of the best heads out there for a working player that needs something portable that doesn’t compromise volume and tone. Its size, robust feature-set, and musical tone make it among the best of the lightweight-amp breed.”
“The 604’s design and construction are top-notch. The poplar-ply cabinetry is extensively screwed and glued to prevent undesirable resonance and the internal bracing is solid. As a frequent one-tripper to a gig, I love Markbass’s thoughtful design, placing the lone handle on the top, rather than side-mounted handles that require a two-handed lift.It’d be easy to naively look at the 604’s small drivers and expect puny bass response or weak volume output. Not so! The 604 was one of the warmer, more bass-heavy cabs I’ve encountered of such diminutive stature. …It was, like the F500, blessed with a gorgeous and well textured midrange, so treble-attenuated fingerstylists should take note. The 604 also had very fast transient response and lock-step punchiness with uptempo styles. It also had no problem with the B string of a few active-preamp-equipped 5’ers.”
“Just like the F500, the 604 was an excellent around-town cab. The two together make for one of the most formidable small-format rigs on the market. …Slip the head in your gig bag, grab the cab with one hand and your music stand with the other, and you’ll be ready for just about anything.”
Markbass top-artist Richard Bona talks about his Ninja signature rig.
Testing Markbass Little Mark Tube + Standard 104HF + Traveler 121H cabs. I'm really impressed by the punch and definition of this gear, in particular I love when you mix the solid state with the tube. Also the whole gear is super light!
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Markbass top-artist Richard Bona plays his Ninja signature products during his visit at Markbass factory.
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!