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The Return of Musicman amps... made by Marco @ Markbass?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Tunaman, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. Tunaman


    Dec 26, 2004
    Big Poppa Blog the Early Years

    Of particular relevance...

    "We are reintroducing Music Man amps with my good friend Marco of Mark Bass and I was asked to write a short paragraph....hahahaha

    Sitting down to write this re-introduction of Music Man Amps brings back memories….all good."

    "When my dear friend Marco of Mark Bass sent me an early morning email asking if I was interested I said “Let’s do it!” I had zero hesitation. I had found my perfect partner to make these great amps come back to the market.

    Why Mark Bass? Because I believe that our industry has been blessed with very few passionate geniuses and Marco is one of them. His drive and commitment to creating the very best audio products is so very impressive. I use and love Mark Bass…they are light as a feather, powerful, and nothing sounds as good as them. I am so excited to see Marco and his team faithfully recreate the amps that a previous genius Tommy Walker helped create"

    Interesting... :)

    (I hope I didn't step on any toes posting here. I figured if Ball posts a public blog its a green light to share the news ;))

  2. DeathFromBelow

    DeathFromBelow Never Forget. Banned

    Dec 23, 2010
    Horten, Norway
    Pics or it didn't happen...
  3. Tunaman


    Dec 26, 2004
    This was a blog from today 2-18-14... it appears they JUST finalized the deal to go forward with the project... so to answer your question... it hasn't happened yet
  4. musicman666


    Sep 11, 2011
    Pics,or it didn't happen !
  5. Red Planet

    Red Planet

    May 29, 2005
    Talking Rock GA
    OEM Manufacturing Supplier
    I believe this is only referring to the original return of MusicMan amps built by MB. Evidently it didn't work out.

    I would like to see some of the old stuff come back with a new flair. All tube head with the vintage look of the old MM heads. No channel switching, overdrive, multi watt, and all that bologna. Maybe a robust 2x12 to go with it.
  6. Tunaman


    Dec 26, 2004
  7. Red Planet

    Red Planet

    May 29, 2005
    Talking Rock GA
    OEM Manufacturing Supplier
  8. Jim C

    Jim C Spector#496:More curves than Sophia + better sound Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Is this the original MM amps with a transistor pre and tube power section
    the MM badged amps that were made by Mark Bass and called Audiophile
    a way to use the Music Man name to build a new amp that will probably be based on a Mark Bass amp?
  9. Red Planet

    Red Planet

    May 29, 2005
    Talking Rock GA
    OEM Manufacturing Supplier
    MarkBass really doesn't have enough amp designs out there. :D

    It's going to be a class D front end with a power tube EQ section and a modular cell phone.:eek::hyper::D
  10. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    A re-badged Markbass wouldn't be of interest to me. But, if they bring back the tube amps that they used to produce, then that would be interesting.
  11. wcriley


    Apr 5, 2010
    Western PA
    Were there ever all tube MusicMan amps?

    The ones I had in the 70s used opamps in the preamp.
  12. I thought Musicman amps were solid state preamps with tube power. I remember some british guys used them in the mid to late 70s.
  13. Jim C

    Jim C Spector#496:More curves than Sophia + better sound Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    No, all had solid state press with a tube output section
    - At least the 8-10 I/ve had my hands on although mostly guitar
  14. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    He does say "faithfully recreate."
  15. tylerwylie


    Jan 5, 2008
    Dunwoody, GA
    omg omg omg
  16. Tunaman


    Dec 26, 2004
    great pics guyS
  17. johnpbass


    Feb 18, 2008
    Glen Mills, PA
    I've always found the Music Man SS Pre, Tube Power concept to be very interesting. I'm by no means a "tubeaholic" but I've always felt that the real "tube tone" comes from the tube power sections/transformers. Most of these tube pre's are just glory tube designs - Eden (which I used for many years) comes to mind.

    A guitar player buddy of mine back in the day used an HD130 that absolutely killed!
  18. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Those were (are) really nice, IME/IMHO. :cool:
    /\/\3phist0 likes this.
  19. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Is this thing on!? Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    64 Audio · DR Strings · Source Audio · Hipshot
    I can't see it being a reference to the past, as, IIRC, MarkBass wasn't a company when the MM Audiophile amps came out. I believe they eventually lead Marco to start MB, but I think the MM amps came first. He mentioned Marco at MarkBass in the blog.
  20. Red Planet

    Red Planet

    May 29, 2005
    Talking Rock GA
    OEM Manufacturing Supplier
    Some of the old MusicMan Amps had a phase inverter tube also. If they do the old amps I think it would be cool if they were all tube and 250 watts and up.