Can MarkBass Move Earth?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Ronny49, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. Ronny49


    Aug 22, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    I'm playing in an Alice in Chains type original band and want to get a sound like Dug Pinnick of King's X.

    I've been thinking about getting a MarkBass 810 cab and their Preamp along with a Crown XTI 1000 watt amp.

    Does anyone with MarkBass experience KNOW if you can get that thunderous bass out of a MarkBass amp and 810 cab?

    Who knows... if we play larger stages, I may want two 810's.

    My thing is I want to stay away from the old and always used. Geez... EVERYONE and their brother plays Ampeg in this type of band! I don't want everyone else's sound!!
  2. Right_Butterscotch64


    Oct 18, 2012
    This probably isn't helping but....out of my 8x10 ampeg I can get these thunderous tones. While still cutting through everything. People use ampeg for a reason ya know!

  3. Ronny49


    Aug 22, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    I refuse to carry around 150 pound cabinets!!

    The MarkBass cabs weigh the least of any 810 at only 89 pounds each.

    Only thing I would be willing to do is play the MB 810 with a 4Pro head.

    I have always loved Dug's sound of King's X.

    But I've got to make my own sound even though it may be similar to others.

    Another head I like is the Trace Elliot 1200 watt head. I just wonder about the durability now-a-days being it is built by Peavey?

    OR... if I could get my hands on an old Carvin B1500 head in good condition (maybe two - one for back up).
  4. Right_Butterscotch64


    Oct 18, 2012
    I never really cared for markbass, but i have heard awesome things about the new bassman stuff.
  5. I've owned the XTi-1000 and paired it with a Tech 21 VT pedal (deluxe or otherwise). That my friend is the Dug P. sound, easy peazy..Just mind the neighbours though!! ha.ha

  6. Thundar

    Thundar Supporting Member

    I think if youre trying to get a tone similar to Dug's , the cabs are the least of your worries! ;)

  7. Funny you should say..I sold the XTi-1000 and other stuff as well as have more on the chopping block due to my plan to purchase the new Fender Bassman 100t ( 100 watt bass amp). My plan is to be able to push the power tubes (either in 100/25 watt mode). Yes to power tubes being pushed, me thinks Dug would be proud...And 'sound man' being appeased that I am not blowing out the house....

  8. Ronny49


    Aug 22, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    I have thought about the Tech21 RBI...

    The Fender head is too heavy for me. I'm mid-aged now and want LIGHT or at least lighter. I could handle a rack up to 50 pounds.
  9. ledyard


    Jan 31, 2010
    Upstate NY
    I don't know a thing about Markbass but If I were considering their 810 and I saw it weighed 89 lb I would first be concerned. But this is coming from a guy that uses big heavy SVT cabs (Mesa in the past too). I would be concerned because I would want to know if that 61 lb difference was because of some new lightweight speaker technology? Or if they skimped on the cabinet materials. ie: used press board crap, or 1/2" plywood instead of something with some more girth?
    I don't know the answer to the question and I'm not trying to down Markbass in any way but I have played through bass and guitar cabs of many different materials. Nothing sounds like thick birch marine grade construction to me. I don't mean tonally I mean heft of sound, balls, ect.
    Of course baffles, ports, ect make a difference too. But generally speaking that's been my experience. If you play through a big cab with 1/2" crap wood then a same cab with thick birch back to back you will see what I mean.
    that doesn't mean you're going to want to carry the cabs around any more if that's a big deal breaker for you.
    You might want to look into Genz Benz's uber cabs. Or 610 cabs from the big two (mesa/ampeg)
  10. Carvin br810 cabs sound amazing... cut through and give you a ton of punch and clarity.... I want to pair mine with the bx1500 (1500 watts at 10 lbs)
  11. Ronny49


    Aug 22, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    Have you ever compared a Carvin with the Ampeg? I wonder the difference... really.

    EDIT: Actually I just looked on the Carvin site and it looks like they no longer make the 810 cabs. At least I cannot find them.

  12. Fender Bassman 100t is under 50 lbs.. No kidding..I get it. I'm 47 years old.. :)

  13. A well braced 1/2" ply cab will sound better than a loose 3/4" constructed cab BTW. The weight savings these days come from better plywood and NEO magnet speakers. MDF or bugger wood is much heavier than plywood.
  14. I loved the sound of my Markbass 810. Used it with the SD800 and it ripped, so I'm sure with the Crown it will move enough air for you. Bonus is that it actually feels lighter than the actual weight...
  15. Ronny49


    Aug 22, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    Hey thanks for the response! Do you have any sound samples?
  16. Ronny49


    Aug 22, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    Well, on their website, they claim to have created this cab to not lose the bottom end.
  17. Unfortunately, I don't think that I do. For me, it felt a bit more flexible than some other big cabs- like I could easily get that big mid-heavy "rip your face off" sound, or I could really bump up the bottom and top for a more "modern/hi-fi-ish sound". Just one man's opinion ;)
  18. iualum


    Apr 9, 2004
  19. Markbass uses neodymium magnets to reduce weight in their cabs. They use Italian poplar for the enclosure construction.

    My experience with this company has been awesome.

    FTR I play the Jeff Berlin combo with NY151 extension cab. 500 watts/2 15s- moves my earth.
  20. leroy diamond

    leroy diamond

    Aug 21, 2005
    +1 for markbass cabs. I have been using the 15 and 2 by 10 traveller cabs in anger for several years. Together these cabs move plenty of earth for me. Lightweight, portable and very reliable.