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Markbass Amps

Posted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:26 am
by nzsimon
Here you will find the latest news from Markbass including the new pedals and the modular bass amp

We have installed some of the Markaudio speakers in the Neighbourhood Macs bar in Kingsland check it out it is very cool the huge window overlooking Eden Park is amazing

Product launch event:
New Little Mark family:
Markbass effect pedals:
Hadrien Feraud, Matt Garrison, Jovol "Bam Bam" Bell Jam:

For those that want a full new product brochure emailed (4meg PDF) shoot me an email and I can email it to you

Markbass Amps

Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:47 am
by nzsimon
Hi Tony it's Joe from Emmanuel Christian Church placing feedback on Mark bass F1 head.

Tony i've got to admit that i've had the best time ever playing in church using
a high quality amp that not only has the power to perform but to really get into the spirit of loving your passion instrument.

I have also had feedback from few of the church members saying.."you now have much more cleaner and powerful sound than before"!! Im really looking foward to using it.its got plenty of power it's also reliable nevertheless portable easy to carry.What more can I say?I LOVE THIS AMP!!!

Joseph Matthes

Re: Markbass Amps

Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:34 am
by nzsimon
We have just this week landed another shipment of Markbass so have a full stock compliment

If you have something that you are lusting after talk to me direct about an endorsement price I am sure you will be happy with the price and the little you have to do to qualify for the reduction


Re: Markbass Amps

Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 9:48 am
by nzsimon
Here us a great review of the Classic 300 and the 8x10 plus a link to Bass gear mag

We have this setup in Newmarket if you want to have a play

Bass Gear hails the Classic 300 and Classic 108
02/02/2009 (Download the article)
Bass Gear magazine has published a 12-page in-depth review of the Classic 300 amplifier and Classic 108 cabinet, complete with incredibly detailed technical analysis and measurements. Some excerpts from the review by Tom Bowlus:
�Always one to push the envelope and break new ground, Marco has really pulled out all the stops with this impressive new take on a hybrid bass head� Even though the Classic 300 (which employs a heavy, analog output transformer) is the heaviest of all the Markbass heads, it is still about half the weight of a classic SVT. How many 300-watt tube heads do you know of that you can carry in one hand? I think that is a pretty impressive feat, if you ask me��

�Right out of the box (literally), the Markbass Classic Monster took control and never let me down. The tone is appreciably full and rich, with a certain warmth that I have come to associate with a tube output section. But it was also quite clear and controlled, with good high-end extension� The impact and distinction (in the mids) offered up by the Classic 300 is just amazing.�

�With the Classic 300 and CL 108, Marco successfully evokes the glorious power of tubes driving big, sealed enclosures. But he has also managed to add a host of modern features and amenities, without spoiling the vintage appeal. The amount of technology that has gone into the Classic 300 and CL 108 is amazing. What is more impressive, though, is how well it works in practice. It has really been a pleasure to watch the rise of Markbass in the bass amplification world. Beginning with the Ernie Ball Music Man Audiophile head and cabs, Marco De Virgiliis has been thinking outside of the box, and has showed undeniable vision and style. I can�t wait to see what he comes up with next!�

Bass Gear online:

Re: Markbass Amps in Wellington

Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:03 pm
by nzsimon
For those that live in the Wellington area that have been hanging out to try a Markbass

From Monday the 23rd of Feb there will be the popular Markbass 3 x 10 combo at The Music Warehouse in Lower Hutt 478 HUTT ROAD 04-9393660

So the good bass gear in Wellington Vacuum is over get along there and see Murray or Justin and get a taste of what your bass should sound like ... =3&vedi=38

Re: Markbass Amps

Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 11:43 am
by Pstewart
I'd be so keen if i hadn't just taken out a student loan effectively crushing any aspirations of buying more gear :P

Re: Markbass Amps

Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:37 am
by nzsimon
Garret McCrae has invested in a Markbass CMD102p ... =3&vedi=39

You can Catch Garret playing with his band GFunk at the Hanger Bar in Central Park drive and at other places around town

Garrett MacRae takes a moment to tell us about his new Markbass

OK, so straight to the point! My CMD102P combo is simply awesome.
No worries with this little amp, with it's huge amount of headroom, and jaw-droppingly great tone!
An amazingly huge array of tones from a tight and punchy low end, smooth, growly mids, and a well defined silky top end, with lots of control made available by not only it's great EQ section, but also it's patented VLE and VPF tone shaping knobs.
A little combo with plenty of attitude. It has articulate qualities second to none.
This can not be said for any other combo on the market today.
While being quite a bold statement, it's merely a statement of fact.
And while there are too many compromises to list with other brands, whether it's with their lack of tone, or their lack of headroom, or too many features to be useful, I have tried all sorts over the years, and have never before found a combo that has all the qualities you'd expect to hear from a high end 4X10 setup.

Not to compare the CMD102P combo, or any other Markbass product, as it is truly a bass product in a league of it's own.
It's light weight and portability make it a dream to load to a gig with the amp in one hand, my bass in its soft case over my shoulder, and my lead bag in the other, it truely makes other bass players jealous with rage!

Being in a covers band, calls for a plethora of tones to assimilate, and while I exclusively play an Ernie Ball Sterling 4-string, I can get anything from a vintage tone to bright-as in-your-face slap tone, and everything in-between. I also play a 6-string Ibanez, and the low B handles like you want it to!

This handy little piece of wood and circuitry, belts out textures that sing out wonderfully, and now the band guys tell me that I finally have a controlled volume that no frequency sticks out like dog's doodoo like other setups I have fronted up with in the past. I can be heard and felt in a defined way, and this surely, is all we ask as bass players.

Maybe it's too good to be true, I thought it was supposed to take a life time to get the tone and volume out of something that weighs less than my 3 year old daughter! But Markbass has skimmed three quarters off that time, and my back and ears have them to thank for their brilliance of engineering.

Thanks to Markbass, and thanks to Jansen for bringing in Markbass products, and all the help you've given me!

Garrett MacRae
Ex Mute, Savant, and Solstate bass player, and bassist for The Dirty Dozen, The Neons, and other walk-in gigs if they'll have me!

Re: Markbass Amps

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:32 pm
by nzsimon
Grant Hislop recently purchased a Markbass CMD102p from us and here is what he had to say about it
I've been having so much fun with my new amp I'm no longer on-line!!!!
Since switching to Markbass my playing has apparently improved by 50% according to close sources!!
Something I've been frustrated with for years is being able to get enough definition in my sound without losing
warmth. This amp produces a beautiful note every-time and really has lifted my sound and the sound of our band.

I am completely thrilled with this purchase and insist you must try this gear before you buy anything else!!
The CVE plays weekly at the Grange and Sale St as well as Corporate Shows from Dubai to Oz

Grant Hislop
The Corporate Voice Experience

“The Corporate Voice Experience” is quite possibly the world's Dodgiest Band. A motley collection of Musical Amigos hell-bent on good times, with a seemingly insatiable appetite for quality wines. “The CVE” are well known around New Zealand and overseas for getting many a party started and quite a few finished.

Recent clients have included The Halberg Trust Sports Awards, The Kiwi Ball in Dubai (07 and 08), EMI Music, Universal Music, The Devonport Wine and Food Festival (3 years running), Vodafone (twice in 6 months), Tourism NZ, Hubbards Foods, UBS Bank (3 years running), The Radio Network, The Edge, More FM, Microsoft, The Auckland Cup at Ellerslie, the New Zealand Radio Awards.

Material includes Jonny Cash, U2, The Killers, Neil Diamond, Snow Patrol, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Crowded House, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, CCR, Talking Heads, Cold Play, Fat Freddies Drop, Outkast, Kiss, Muse, Bloc Party

Re: Markbass Amps

Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:41 pm
by BluesBass
Pstewart wrote:I'd be so keen if i hadn't just taken out a student loan effectively crushing any aspirations of buying more gear :P
Ha ha ha
Me too...if only I had gotten married two years ago, bought a house, had a kid and need to eat

Re: Markbass Amps

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:20 pm
by nzsimon
Steve Moodie gives us feedback about his Markbass

Hi Tony,
How are you doing? Just letting you know that I've just got back from Orientation tour a couple of weeks ago. My band (The Thomas Oliver Band) played at every uni in NZ (So it was about 12 shows).
I used the Markbass 'LM2' at every show. It did such a great job! I am so thankful to have such a wicked amp. I easily chose it over the Ampeg tube amps that were on some of the stages.

My band loves it and soundmen at every show were very impressed with it.
I have told everyone that I got it through Jansen and said how helpful you were. So hopefully some business will come from it. Thanks again for the Great Deal

Steve Moodie

You can catch a write up on the band here : ... #item32423

Re: Markbass Amps

Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:53 pm
by nzsimon
Famous NZ Bassist Neil Hannan touring with Gerry and the Pacemakers tells us about his Markbass

From Neil Hannan, touring with Gerry & the Pacemakers

I liked the sound of MarkBass Amps and like it even more now that I own one.
Any sound can can be 'dialed up' from this incredibly powerful little beast. While I was initially skeptical that the warmth of valves and transformers could be 'emulated' by an amp/computer that doesn't have any, and after taking some time to get used to it, I am really impressed with how this amp delivers -


Neil Hannan
SDL Music Ltd
Bass / Audio Recording / Mastering

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