You know, I think it’s both. I kind of think they end up being the same thing, because I don’t see being able to use one without the other. I guess the proof of that is in the amplification I used before Markbass with my Fodera basses. I used to try various things for years, and although I always loved the instruments and knew the sound they could produce, I don’t think I ever really got it until I played through the Markbass. The Fodera and Markbass stuff both have this wonderful organic midrange. I think a lot of amps have good lows and good highs, but it’s the middle stuff for me where your expression is, and kind of what I want to feel when I’m playing. I want to feel the mids, that’s what I work from, that’s the sound that inspires me. It’s what’s in the middle of the sound. And I remember plugging into a Markbass just by accident a few years ago, and I contacted the company the next day. It wasn’t something I’d planned, and I don’t know that they were particularly attracted to me. In fact, I’d never heard of them, I had no idea what they were. But just from one gig with Mike Stern, playing through this Markbass stuff, I felt like I’d found my sound."
The magazine also includes an article on Evan Marien!
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.
Luca Angelici from BassYourLife interviewed Markbass top-artist Richard Bona.
Audio recorded @ Officina Musicale, Castellana Grotte (BA) Videomaker Lorenzo Scaraggi.
Jeff's column on Bass Guitar magazine is a great chance for readers to ask him questions about bass playing and music theory.
Finland's Riffi magazine has reviewed the Markbass Big Bang head, saying it is "one of the finest in its class"
Jennifer Young has been featured on the cover of Bass Musician magazine's February issue.
Jeff Berlin is interviewed in the last issue of Czeck Rep's Muzikus magazine.
Markbass Artist Lorenzo Feliciati has been nominated by CriticalJazz.com as "Artist of the Year 2012"
In this in-depth interview (translated from Polish), Maurizio discusses his background, his style, bass playing, and his gear.
"Great to see a company listening to their users and taking some ideas onboard."
Italian magazine Chitarre reviews the Big Bang on its November 2012 issue.
Premier Guitar magazine has reviewed the Big Bang in its December 2012 issue. "This amp has an analog quality that coats the highs and attack—almost as if there’s a post-EQ “warmth” circuit that processes the tone."
Premier Guitar has reviewed the MB7 Booster pedal in its October issue's pedal feature.
Bass Player magazine has reviewed the Big Bang in its October 2012 issue. "With its headroom, tone controls, and extra features, the Big Bang is sure to make a lot of noise when it hits."
France's Bass Part magazine have reviewed the Combo 121 Lite: "This amp will be the first choice for many jazz, funk, reggae or modern pop players."
Spanish magazine Bajos y Bajistas has included interviews with Markbass artists Igor Saavedra and Dany Noel in their latest issue.
Norway's MP magazine has reviewed the TTE 500 and New York 151 RJ, praising the rig for its sound, build quality, light weight and value.
UK's Guitar & Bass magazine has reviewed the Bass Tube Marker, finding "the sort of warmth you really would associate with an overdriven valve amp."
Bass Player magazine's June 2012 issue features a review of the Randy Jackson signature rig.
The latest issue of Spanish magazine Bajos & Bajistas features Markbass artists Michael Manring and Fernando Lamadrid
Bass Player magazine has reviewed the latest release from Markbass artist Lorenzo Feliciati.
Australia's Mixdown magazine included the Little Mark Rocker 500 and the TTE 500 in a recent amp survey, and had lots of good things to say!
Tom Kennedy has been featured on the cover of Bass Musician magazine's March issue--which also includes a story on Evan Marien.
Lorenzo discusses versatility, bass virtuosity, gear, and his new projects, Naked Truth and the Neon Karma Trio.
Italian bass shredder and Markbass artist Dino Fiorenza, interviewed in Guitar Club
"If you are in need of an amp that sounds great, has an awesome tone, and the reliability of a solid-state power amp, then the TTE 500 is well worth checking out."
"The AC 121’s sound is big and three-dimensional. ...The straight acoustic tone is very rich and detailed, with lots of air around the high end and plenty of tight bass."
England's iGuitar webzine has reviewed the new Randy Jackson signature model head and cabinet.
Lorenzo Feliciati is interviewed in the October issue of Italy's Strumenti Musicali, discussing his new project, Naked Truth.
"Advances in technology and an investment in quality materials mean you can pack a heck of a lot of wallop into a small enclosure."
"It's built like a tank and it has a lot of tonal variety and personality lurking beneath its trio of controls."
"This little yellow beastie has just one calling in life: to thicken up your low end and make you funky."
“The TTE 500 is an incredibly dynamic amp... strikes the perfect balance between tube tone and solid-state reliability.”