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Markbass CMD 102P 300/500W 2x10 Tilt-Back Bass Combo Amp

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Excellent sound controls, quality speakers, and a solid design.

The Markbass CMD 102P is a tilt-back bass combo amplifier that has a built-in Little Mark II solid state preamp to give you more power. To help shape your sound, the CMD 102P bass amp gives you a 4-band EQ, as well as VLE (Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator) and VPF (Variable Pre-shape Filter) filters for control.

The Markbass CMD 102P amp's I/O includes an input that can handle both passive and active basses, and extra XLR balanced input for double bass pickups, Neutrik Speakon Combo out jacks for use with 1/4" or Speakon speaker cables, a tuner out jack for sending unbalanced signals to a tuner, amp, or other recording equipment, and Send and Return Effect jacks to ensure your main signal continues even if something dies in your effects chain. This versatile bass combo has an angled cabinet so that you can use it as a floor model or in the more traditional vertical position. Either way, you're going to get a warm, natural sound from the 2 B&C 10" speakers and the piezo tweeter. And if you add an external cab via the outputs, the CMD 102P combo amp will give you enough sound to fill a large venue with headroom to spare.

FEATURES
Solid state Little Mark II preamp built-in to the front
2 - 10" B&C neodynium speakers
Piezo tweeter
Made of high-grade, multi-ply poplar
Glued, screwed, and sealed internally with special compounds for maximum sound quality
Lightweight
Angled cabinet design so it can be used either as a floor monitor or vertically
Grille screen to protect speakers

Little Mark II
Provides 500W at 4 ohm or 300W at 8 ohm
Gain and Master volume controls
Clip warning light
EQ includes controls for Low, Mid Frequency Low, High Frequency Low, and High
VLE (Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator) and VPF (Variable Pre-shape Filter) filters
Neutrik Speakon Combo out jacks for use with 1/4" or Speakon speaker cables
Balanced XLR out
Ground lift switch to eliminate hum
Tuner out sends unbalanced signal sent to a tuner, amp or recording equipment not needing a balanced signal
Send and Return Effect ensures main signal continues even if something dies in your effects chain
SPECIFICATIONS
Speaker: 2 x 10"
Tweeter: piezo
Bass port: front
Impedance: 8 ohms
Sensitivity: 101 dB SPL
Speaker power handling: 400W RMS (AES Standard)
Frequency response: 40Hz to 18kHz
Crossover frequency: 3kHz
Dimensions: 18.9"W x 23.4"H x 18.7"D
Weight: 44lb.


Little Mark II
Power
Input impedance: 500Kohm, max. voltage: 15Vpp
Balanced Output (XLR): 22Kohm, max. voltage 25Vpp
Effect Return impedance: 22Kohm, max. voltage: 25Vpp
Output Power: 300W RMS at 8 ohm, 500W RMS at 4 ohm
Voltage is factory preset for the U.S.

Controls
GAIN ”80dB to +23dB range
MASTER VOLUME
GROUND LIFT: switch on rear panel

Equalization
LOW
Center frequency: 40Hz; level ±16dB
LOW MID
Center frequency 360Hz, level ±16dB
HIGH MID
Center frequency 800Hz, level ±16dB
HIGH
10kHz shelf; level ±16dB
VPF (Variable Pre-shape Filter)
center frequency 380Hz (cut)
VLE (Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator)
frequency range 250Hz”20kHz (cut)

Outputs
EFFECT SEND
Unbalanced, max. voltage 20Vpp (pre-EQ)
TUNER OUT
Unbalanced, max. voltage 25Vpp
LINE OUT
Balanced XLR, max. voltage 10 Vpp
SPEAKER OUT
Speakon, 1/4"
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MarkbassCMD 102P 300/500W 2x10 Tilt-Back Bass Combo Amp
 
4.8

(based on 65 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (39)
  • Excellent sound (38)
  • Good power output (35)
  • Easy to use (34)
  • Warm / comfy (29)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Performances (33)
  • Outdoor events / games (18)
  • Home studio (17)
  • Professional recording (16)
  • Amateur recording (9)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Don't Think Just Buy

Over all I would say that this amp is a worth wild purchase and is a perfect first buy for any one thinking about Markbass, or looking for a combo amp (that they can...Read complete review

Over all I would say that this amp is a worth wild purchase and is a perfect first buy for any one thinking about Markbass, or looking for a combo amp (that they can easily turn into their full stage rig buy simply buying a 4x10 cab)The price point being set slightly higher then normal is not really a deterrent as it is exceptionally built amp that has embraced the idea of infinite convertibility
I have written many reviews and used even more amps... Some good, some great, some were the worst things I ever played.
That being said after all the amps I have ever played; This is the amp or should I more properly say, combo amp that I have been most impressed with and most pleasurable to play.
All touring amps (and equipment for that matter) must be able to pass the three following check points.
Tone
Dependably
Portability
It has to sound good, not break, and be able to be transported.
This amp far exceeds the standards for all three.
Having a sound and over all tone that is second to none. Clear and crisp with more punch then anything I have ever played, with plenty of low end that you may not need any pre amp re-enforcement.It seems to be a very dependable tool, (having not failed in any way over the last years shows) I did to protect my investment by purchasing the padded cases offered from Markbass. They fit well and work as the Markbass company says they should.
At a weight under what most heads weigh, (to say nothing of the speakers) it is light and very easy to move. Having not being built on a bulky or awkward size one can easily lift the amp with one hand and two handed caring when on the stairs of a poorly thought out club lay out are a breeze to navigate. Portability is beyond important and most often overlooked when it comes to picking a decent amp. All the great sound in the world won't matter at all if you can not bring it to bare on the stage.
The Italian people often known for fine workmanship on all things have now proven that amp building is well with in their grasp.
The amp is sleek looking box that gives equal nods to efficiency and style. I happen to enjoy it's "Attack of the Killer Bee's" look that the color scheme suggest, but it offers a rather practical use in that it is far easier to read in low light the bold black letters on a yellow face then almost anything else I have ever encountered. The easy of use of the front panel of an amp is always paramount in its construction, and this amp does not let you down there.
A fairly straight forward lay out for controls having only two knobs that you may wish to read up on to fully understand what they do, but if you have a decent ear you should not have any trouble determining their values and extreme usefulness without much if any explanation.
The two onboard speakers are able to give a solid clear sound with out fear of over driving in the unpleasant way. In small clubs practice spaces the speakers have great tonal aspects to them rivaling or exceeding that of any of its competitors. The tilt back feature is excellent allowing the amp to serve as monitor and backline. In places where you will be using the far better then average line out feature the amp pairs with an expansion 4x10 cab most smartly. The resulting 6x10 cab will easily rival or exceed any of the leading brand name 8x10. To date I know of nothing that sounds as good and is lighter then this combo with an expansion cabinet.
The amp is a bit on the pricey side with used models selling from 900 to 1000. I would have to say that this speaks more to a sign of how well the amp performs and is constructed then a show of greed from Markbass. It could easily be the last combo amp you ever need buy and as the repairs are few and far between spending a bit more for quality is far better then the disappointment often had by purchasing something cheeper.
Some might remark that the amp lacks some of the features found on some lower price point amps built in compressors, over drive, sub octaves and the like and kind. It has been my experience that every built into the amp compressor on the market is less then impressive. The same can be said for over drive units, and all manner of built in effects. I am truly glad that Markbass left out these useless items that are what many amp companies call features.

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Where's the VIBE?

I owned this great amp for about 1-2 years and it never failed me. HOWEVER, I could just never get a tone out of it that I truly enjoyed. I tried a...Read complete review

I owned this great amp for about 1-2 years and it never failed me. HOWEVER, I could just never get a tone out of it that I truly enjoyed. I tried a bunch of different basses, etc, but I feel as if the sound still falls flat and generally is boring. YES, the vintage speaker emulators are amazing, but unless you really like that bass-heavy ultra smooth sounding R&B type tone, this is not your amp. I figured out I'm more of an ampeg, grittier tone kind of guy, and unfortunately this amp has ZERO grit. It is clean for days. Nothing wrong with that, just not my cup of tea. I also found the amp to not take pedals too well (even for having an FX Loop) and it just didn't come off as a super loud stage ready amp to me. Bottom line, buy this if you love rich, warm, smooth sounding bass with no grit and raunchy aspects. IF you need that ampeg growl every now and then...move on from anything markbass.

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(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't Think Just Buy

By Priest Bass play for The Saints of Pain

from New York City

See all my reviews

Comments about Markbass CMD 102P 300/500W 2x10 Tilt-Back Bass Combo Amp:

Over all I would say that this amp is a worth wild purchase and is a perfect first buy for any one thinking about Markbass, or looking for a combo amp (that they can easily turn into their full stage rig buy simply buying a 4x10 cab)The price point being set slightly higher then normal is not really a deterrent as it is exceptionally built amp that has embraced the idea of infinite convertibility
I have written many reviews and used even more amps... Some good, some great, some were the worst things I ever played.
That being said after all the amps I have ever played; This is the amp or should I more properly say, combo amp that I have been most impressed with and most pleasurable to play.
All touring amps (and equipment for that matter) must be able to pass the three following check points.
Tone
Dependably
Portability
It has to sound good, not break, and be able to be transported.
This amp far exceeds the standards for all three.
Having a sound and over all tone that is second to none. Clear and crisp with more punch then anything I have ever played, with plenty of low end that you may not need any pre amp re-enforcement.It seems to be a very dependable tool, (having not failed in any way over the last years shows) I did to protect my investment by purchasing the padded cases offered from Markbass. They fit well and work as the Markbass company says they should.
At a weight under what most heads weigh, (to say nothing of the speakers) it is light and very easy to move. Having not being built on a bulky or awkward size one can easily lift the amp with one hand and two handed caring when on the stairs of a poorly thought out club lay out are a breeze to navigate. Portability is beyond important and most often overlooked when it comes to picking a decent amp. All the great sound in the world won't matter at all if you can not bring it to bare on the stage.
The Italian people often known for fine workmanship on all things have now proven that amp building is well with in their grasp.
The amp is sleek looking box that gives equal nods to efficiency and style. I happen to enjoy it's "Attack of the Killer Bee's" look that the color scheme suggest, but it offers a rather practical use in that it is far easier to read in low light the bold black letters on a yellow face then almost anything else I have ever encountered. The easy of use of the front panel of an amp is always paramount in its construction, and this amp does not let you down there.
A fairly straight forward lay out for controls having only two knobs that you may wish to read up on to fully understand what they do, but if you have a decent ear you should not have any trouble determining their values and extreme usefulness without much if any explanation.
The two onboard speakers are able to give a solid clear sound with out fear of over driving in the unpleasant way. In small clubs practice spaces the speakers have great tonal aspects to them rivaling or exceeding that of any of its competitors. The tilt back feature is excellent allowing the amp to serve as monitor and backline. In places where you will be using the far better then average line out feature the amp pairs with an expansion 4x10 cab most smartly. The resulting 6x10 cab will easily rival or exceed any of the leading brand name 8x10. To date I know of nothing that sounds as good and is lighter then this combo with an expansion cabinet.
The amp is a bit on the pricey side with used models selling from 900 to 1000. I would have to say that this speaks more to a sign of how well the amp performs and is constructed then a show of greed from Markbass. It could easily be the last combo amp you ever need buy and as the repairs are few and far between spending a bit more for quality is far better then the disappointment often had by purchasing something cheeper.
Some might remark that the amp lacks some of the features found on some lower price point amps built in compressors, over drive, sub octaves and the like and kind. It has been my experience that every built into the amp compressor on the market is less then impressive. The same can be said for over drive units, and all manner of built in effects. I am truly glad that Markbass left out these useless items that are what many amp companies call features.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great combo

By Toby Horton

from Earth

Comments about Markbass CMD 102P 300/500W 2x10 Tilt-Back Bass Combo Amp:

Great amp. Solid, simple, quality. Big enough for the stage, yet small enough to single hand carry. Get any sound from metal to funk out of it, with just a few knob adjustments.

This is a working musician's amp.
One of my favorite things about this amp is the simplicity of the controls. It manages to produce a wide range of sounds without need of a bunch of esoteric knobs and switches that have to be set just so. You can adjust tone on the fly without needing to stop and re-program your amp to sound good.

The best feature by far, in my opinion, is the VLE(Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator). This knob allows me to set my sound up with VLE at 0 and then once I am dialed in, I can go from Seinfeld theme slappy highs to warm, Led Zeppliny sounding low tones just by adjusting the VLE up, and I don't have to re-adjust EQ at all.
Well built, light yet sturdy, looks great. The only strange thing I might point out is that something used in construction, maybe the cab sealer or upholstery adhesive, smells an awful lot like cooking circutry. And when you are playing, the pressure inside the cab basically burps this smell out from inside the ports, giving the impression that the smell is tied to power. But after a week of solid playing, everything is fine and the smell is subsiding. Oh, and the power LED is like a tiny blue sun. Hit it with a sharpie to take it down a notch. On a dimly lit stage it can make the controlls hard to see.
I feel like it could be a bit cheaper. Then again, who doesn't wanna save money? I can't let my inner curmudgeon rate it less than a 10, because it really is a fantastic amp.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best Bass Amp Ever Made

By Joe

from Philadelphia pa

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Comments about Markbass CMD 102P 300/500W 2x10 Tilt-Back Bass Combo Amp:

The best...al I can say.
I am a professional bassist, I play in a casino/weding band and we do all styles of music from hard rock to Jazz to Dance to R&B and quite simply, this is the BEST AMP I HAVE EVER SEEN OR USED IN 30 years. I had them all from Ampeg to GK and the Mark Bass combo can create any sound you want or ever imagined. Thats all I can say. It has the "grand piano" bass tone and any professional that would consider anything else would be loosing out. They don't get any better than this in my opinion, and I had them all. This is the last bass amp any performiong or studio bassist will every have to buy which is bad news for the retailers!
This thing is built to withstand the road and everday use. Drop it, kick it, spill your drink in it, (just kidding)......it appears to be bulletproof and I had mine for over 3 years now. Never had an inkling of a problem and i work it real hard.
The last amp you'll ever have to buy. How better of a value can that get?

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

CMD 102P

By James Wathen

from San Antonio, Texas

Comments about Markbass CMD 102P 300/500W 2x10 Tilt-Back Bass Combo Amp:

I give it an overall 10 here because of everything above not related to me or Musician's Friend. But I want to add a comment to my thus far unfounded concerns with my purchase. When I went to plug this amp in I noticed my hand didn't have much room to connect the back of the head to the power cable. At first I thought, "this is going to be very inconvenient." Then I began playing with the rectangle shape in the top of the encloser that I noticed when I pulled tha amp out of the box. It's finished with the same material as the rest of the enclosure so I thought, "what's that? It looks like it can be removed." After pushing and trying to pry it off with my fingers I decided to push from the inside up and, rip. No, the enclosure cover didn't rip. It's a trap door that's velcroed on. Abra Cadabra, I can now reach everything on the back with ease. Markbass really thought of the player with this design and didn't skimp on anything. They could've probably cut corners and tried selling it for the same amount but I have a feeling someone there said, "we want to make a very high quality product that our customers will love using." Well MarkBass, I think I'm going to love this very big sounding little combo.
I haven't had a chance to use this on stage yet but I think it's gonna be nice! I just got my MarkBass CDM 102P delievered to my house today. Aside from a small glitch with shippment, due to Musician's Friend phone order service not being synched with the online profile, my amp finally came today. I think I am really going to like this amp!
First thing I noticed when I pulled the 102P out of the box is that it's light. I was worried about having to carry this thing up and down stairs where I practice, but I'm not worried about that at all now. The enclosure is very solid though and the whole setup makes me think it's going to be long lasting and very durable. I don't know how MarkBass did it, but after the amps and head units I've been carrying around, this amp is going to make life a whole lot easier in the weight and structure quality. But...I couldn't wait to hear it in action. I plugged it in and set all the tone nobs to the manufacture recomended 12 o'clock, turned the gain up, started playing as I would on stage and adjusted the gain back down until the clip light stopped coming on and turned up the volume. MarkBass literature says this gives you the true tone of your bass. Truthfully I haven't heard my Ibanez BTB 5-string bass sound this good since I bought it. One of the amps I've occasionally played through is a Hartke (2) 4x10, which has always the be-all-end-all brand of bass amps for me. But I always found my self playing with the EQ and trying to find a sweet tone I've only been thinking of but couldn't describe. I only had to turn the VPF nob on this thing and there was the sound I've been looking for! Granted, I was playing in my house, sitting three feet away, and shaking the walls, but I've got a good feeling this thing will sound great on stage!
At first it seemed kind of expensive for a small rig, but I thought, "I'll try it to see if it's worth it and send it back under the 'I'm just not satisfied with it' return," ithat is if I didn't like it of course. I now think it's very much worth the money. As of now, I will not be sending this back. I will try it on stage and maybe post a performability rating later. The only reason I give it a 9 here is that I didn't have much money to but it right now but my last amp was dropped by some movers.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Why I Hate Markbass CMD 102P

By Medicine Man

from East Coast

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Can't Turn Off Tweeter

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording
  • Protecting Your Spine

Comments about Markbass CMD 102P 300/500W 2x10 Tilt-Back Bass Combo Amp:

Let me guess, you need the big warm sound of an all tube rig with an 8X10 to fill out the sound at the stadium show you are playing this Saturday. Oh wait! You're playing at the local bar this weekend? Thought so. Enter Markbass CMD 102P. This combo has warmth and guts. It's as loud as my drummer turned up to a stingy 1.5. The sound is clear, tight and precise, which may be a downside to some players. Every bit of attack and articulation comes through and this combo won't cover up slop in your playing. It's tuned about halfway in-between punchy and round. Everyone has a subjective opinion about what type of bass sound is best, but for portabililty and sound quality this one is hard to beat (and belive me, I'm a bass prima donna). This combo really brings out the natural sound of your bass, and every instrument I've played through it sounds like itself. It sounds even thicker with an extension cab, but I don't feel the need to haul one to any of the gigs I play. Why does this combo make me angry? Because I've spent so many years hauling around 300lb stacks when I could have just bought one of these. It is lighter, cheaper and sounds better than either of the two high end setups (Ampeg and Mesa) I've hauling around. This looks like an expensive practice amp on paper, but for what you get it's a steal. PS- buy the compressore too.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Oh yeah!

By Manzanita Mark

from Salem, OR

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Markbass CMD 102P 300/500W 2x10 Tilt-Back Bass Combo Amp:

    I have had this for six months now. Love it! Gig with it regularly with absolutely no issues. I did have one outdoor gig and the at that venue I was not able to hear it as well as I would have liked, but raising up onto a stand remedied that (plus my hearing is going!). There was nothing for reflective sound on that stage, either, so I suppose that had something to with that. Nevertheless, this thing is a powerhouse that does great for my needs at gigs in small to medium venues playing classic rock. Plus, my back loves me again!

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Correction: CMD Combo II amps are LMIII

    By Snowtraveler65

    from Plymouth, NH

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    Comments about Markbass CMD 102P 300/500W 2x10 Tilt-Back Bass Combo Amp:

    Musicians Friend shows in the description that the CMD 102P and 103H combos utilize a Little Mark II head. That was the case with the original versions. The new versions (pictured) which have "Combo Head II" printed on the face plate use a Little Mark III head. This is obvious by the fact that the controls include a line output level control. The LMII does not have a line out control. Mark Bass web site confirms this.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Brad F

    By Brad Farha

    from WV

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    Comments about Markbass CMD 102P 300/500W 2x10 Tilt-Back Bass Combo Amp:

    After 30+ years of using Ampegs, I've replaced my SVT with the CMD102P and 151P extension cab. The quality is impressive and the 102P alone packs a great punch and bottom capable of keeping up with two rock guitarists and a drummer. With the additional 151P extension cab, it's all I'll ever need. I especially love how light it is yet so powerful. No more carrying around 90lb heads and 140lb cabs for me.
    Tilt-back combo with two 10" B&C neodynium drivers and a piezo tweeter. 300W@8 ohms or 500W@4 ohms. Little Mark II preamp. Metal speaker grille. Great light weight to power ratio. XLR balanced out and Speakon extension cab connector.
    I've been using this amp for a little over a year now and I'm impressed with the power, sound and quality.
    Worth the price.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The MarkBass CMD 102p...highly recommended.

    By BassG

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Markbass CMD 102P 300/500W 2x10 Tilt-Back Bass Combo Amp:

    As an owner of various combo amps over the years (currently have a mesa boogie), the MarkBass has killer sound, weighs next to nothing, is built to last, and the price is appropriate (maybe even a bargain) for the quality. You can dial in many different sounds from jazzy to growly to flat out power bass.
    Not rated a 10 since it is missing a mute button, although in actual use this is not a big deal. Great sounds, easy to dial in your sound, does not suffer from excessive options like some amps that just get in the way.
    Built like a tank, weighs like a feather...amazing!
    For the quality and sound of this combo, I don't think this is overpriced.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Bass Amp!

    By Ljey

    from Florida

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Markbass CMD 102P 300/500W 2x10 Tilt-Back Bass Combo Amp:

        Sounds Great, Light weight, All of the options I could ever need. I have owned it about a year now. Have Gigged it multiple times. Never lets me down in any way. I was worried about spending so much on a small bass combo.It may be the best purchase I ever made in equipment. I definitely recommend this 2/10 combo to anyone. I tried a large selection of the Markbass combos. The 2/10 outshined them all.If it were broke or stolen I would replace it for sure.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Incredible tone and plenty of power at a light weight

        By Cobra

        from Idaho

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Markbass CMD 102P 300/500W 2x10 Tilt-Back Bass Combo Amp:

          I bought this primarily because I was looking for a combo with enough power to hang with loud rock and roll drummers while not breaking my back hauling gear around from place to place. This has fit that bill perfectly. Its weight and dimensions are such that I can carry my bass case with one hand and this amp with another. Game-changer right there. This little combo puts out ample power to handle any practice situation I've encountered and I've not yet had to turn the master up above the 9 o'clock position during practices. I haven't tried it with an extension cab yet, but all indications are that it would push plenty of power to handle most small/medium sized clubs without PA support. The tip-back design is great for monitoring. The biggest surprise for me, though, was the tone. I had heard great things about Markbass and bought this off MF without first trying it out, knowing I was taking a chance. I wasn't disappointed. I had just about given up on my '73 Rick because I couldn't get the tone I was looking for out of it with my other rigs (Ashdown, Peavey). Finally I have the tone I've been looking for and the Rick is now my go-to bass. I wasn't blow away initially with the tone as the amp sounds very clean and uncolored compared to some other brands, lacking of tube warmth and fatness. After some trail and error, though, I found the secret sauce is in the VLE and VPF filters, everything else I'm able to leave almost flat after tweaking those two knobs to where I like 'em and the richness and grit of the instrument's tone compliments the clean and full output of the amp. I haven't had the amp long enough to vouch for its longevity, but the build seems very solid and Markbass has a great reputation for quality.
          Bottom line, if you're looking for a lightweight but powerful combo with extension capabilities and a simple EQ setup, you're going to have a hard time beating this amp.

          (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Where's the VIBE?

          By nick

          from my abode

          About Me Experienced

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          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

            Comments about Markbass CMD 102P 300/500W 2x10 Tilt-Back Bass Combo Amp:

            I owned this great amp for about 1-2 years and it never failed me. HOWEVER, I could just never get a tone out of it that I truly enjoyed. I tried a bunch of different basses, etc, but I feel as if the sound still falls flat and generally is boring. YES, the vintage speaker emulators are amazing, but unless you really like that bass-heavy ultra smooth sounding R&B type tone, this is not your amp. I figured out I'm more of an ampeg, grittier tone kind of guy, and unfortunately this amp has ZERO grit. It is clean for days. Nothing wrong with that, just not my cup of tea. I also found the amp to not take pedals too well (even for having an FX Loop) and it just didn't come off as a super loud stage ready amp to me. Bottom line, buy this if you love rich, warm, smooth sounding bass with no grit and raunchy aspects. IF you need that ampeg growl every now and then...move on from anything markbass.

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            You get what you pay for and then some!

            By Troy

            from Wisconsin

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Markbass CMD 102P 300/500W 2x10 Tilt-Back Bass Combo Amp:

              Had an Eden combo that I thought sounded good, but was to heavy to carry very far and took up way to much room in my vehicle. Read all the great reviews and took the plunge. Believe what other people are saying about this amp.Impressive.

              This is a great amp, it is louder then my Eden that had a 10" and a 15" in it. I miss the parametric EQ on the Eden a bit but the controls on the Markbass are straight forward and offer tons of adjustments. I really missed the built in compression on the Eden though as my less the professional playing really stood out when I miss hit a note, so couple days later I figured might as well get the Markbass Compressore and WOW.. I mean WOW did this amp come alive.. its like playing bass for the first time.. the tone that comes out of my P-bass was indescribable.

              The kickback design allows me to hear myself better then before at lower volume and should make stage sound much more controllable.

              Do not let the price dissuade you from buying this as it would take that amount to get a comparable sound out and would not be even remotely as portable.

              One side note is the light on the amp is RIDICULOULSY bright, can barely see controls in dim room.. same with the pedal.. looks cool but could give you a suntan..

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best Amp Ever!!!

              By Andrew Rylander

              from SC

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              Comments about Markbass CMD 102P 300/500W 2x10 Tilt-Back Bass Combo Amp:

              Its lite, loud, and sounds great. What more can you ask for. I have been playing for 20+ years and once I switched to using MarkBass amps I started getting lots of complements on my tone. I love their amps. You can get pretty much any sound you want from the amp. I have several different styles of basses and they all sound awesome thru the amp. The low end is amazing. Even at low volumes this thing puts out some massive bass. I used to be a big ampeg fan hauling around the giant SVT rig but I got sick of the back breaker. I switched to GK several years ago which I was super happy with but a couple of years ago I went thru three GK MB212 ultralight combos. They were mega cheap in quality. The first one I got was DOA and I returned it only to have the next one got out after playing one show. The next one I got only lasted a few months. I returned it and got the MarkBass and I cant be any happier.
              The quality is fantastic. The amp is built like tank. I also own a CMD 103H, which I use for bigger gigs, and I have never had a signal problem out of either amp.
              A bit on the pricy side but the amp is totally worth it.

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Far and away, the best bass combo around

              By Chris

              from Spartanburg, SC

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              Pros

              • Excellent Sound
              • Portable
              • Powerful
              • Punchy Clear Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording
                • Worship Music

                Comments about Markbass CMD 102P 300/500W 2x10 Tilt-Back Bass Combo Amp:

                Bought this bass amp after trying it at a local music store. This is in-your-face, clear, punchy tone that I haven't ever heard before in a bass amp! I immediately started shopping around for the best price. Markbass products are a little pricey, but you definitely get what you pay for and then some.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Punches way above it's Weight

                By Nowhere Man

                from Nowhere Land

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

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                    Comments about Markbass CMD 102P 300/500W 2x10 Tilt-Back Bass Combo Amp:

                    I've been playing bass for 40 years, and have owned my Markbass 102P for about a year. This thing is simply amazing, and all the amp I need 95% of the time. The positive comments on it from those I'm playing with and for just don't stop. I have no complaints, just thumbs-up with a big grin. My recommendation: Buy it.

                    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Markbass stopped using great B&C speakers

                    By Dezz

                    from Connecticut

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                    Pros

                    • Portable

                    Cons

                    • Poor Sound Quality

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Markbass CMD 102P 300/500W 2x10 Tilt-Back Bass Combo Amp:

                      Markbass has switched manufacturers of their speakers and I bought a new Markbass with the Yellow Line speakers and I hate it. The speakers distort and fart out

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Yup. Just like the other reviews.

                      By Todd

                      from Phoenix, AZ

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Good Warmth
                      • Portable
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Performances

                        Comments about Markbass CMD 102P 300/500W 2x10 Tilt-Back Bass Combo Amp:

                        Well- I'm not going to be the one that breaks this incredible string of 5-star reviews. I hadn't even been really looking to buy another amp, but stumbled across this one & read the reviews (on other sites as well) & holy cow! I've never seen such a high percentage of great reviews. So I bought one. And the reviews are dead on. Clear, fully adjustable sound. Amazing light for it's size. And POWERFUL. I'm happy.

                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        The answer to my prayers

                        By Mordus

                        from NJ

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Good Warmth
                        • Portable
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Performances

                        Comments about Markbass CMD 102P 300/500W 2x10 Tilt-Back Bass Combo Amp:

                        Having been playing bass for well over 30 years it has been a constant challange to not just find the right instruments, but the right amp to complete the tone that we all chase.
                        I have gone from combos to seperate amp and cabs and back again chasing that sound, as well as something truely portable. Up untill now the only thing that fit the bill was my SansAmp Bass DI, but you do need an amp.
                        The Markbass CMD 102p hits all the marks for me;
                        -Excelent tone
                        -True portability (I can throw my bass into a softcase/backpack & cary the amp in one hand)
                        -Easily fits on even the smallest of stages
                        -Headroom to spare
                        Live this badboy shines, sits in the sweet spot of the mix, but lets you be heard & felt (when you see the people dancing you know its because of you). I do still use my SansAmp between the bass & the amp, but I may phase it out as I get used to the eq settings on the amp.

                        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        I Dig It

                        By Smiling Hal

                        from Concord, CA

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Good Warmth
                        • Portable
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                        • No Cons From Me

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Markbass CMD 102P 300/500W 2x10 Tilt-Back Bass Combo Amp:

                          I've been Jone'zn for this Amp for years. I got to try out a friends, so I knew I dug it. Here's what I like. It's the best sounding amp I've ever had. Very warm, but you can tweak it anyway you want. Really light. The older I get, the more light my equipment gets. Throws plenty of air for me. Even when your doing a large venue and your going through the P.A.. On big shows I've always considered the amp to be my onstage monitor, and let the soundman (if he's good)take care of the long throw sound. In fact, most soundmen that I've run across really want as little volumes from the stage as they can get so they can control the overall mix. That being said, I'm gonna try a little experiment (At the Kidchella Concert in Redwood City) in a couple of weeks. I'm gonna put the amp (tilted back) in front of me, on the monitor row. I'll let you know how it worked out, but I think it'll be a win win. One, last thing. For the last few years I've been using an Ampeg B2R wtih an Avatar 4 X 10, tweeter cab. The Markbass Combo seems to move just as much air. Anyway, I'm a Happy Camper and so is my back.

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