What amp would you use with a Markbass 104HF 8ohm cab?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by John Lenis, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. John Lenis

    John Lenis

    Aug 8, 2005
    Jersey City
    I would like some opinions as to what amp would work best with a Markbass 104HF 8 ohm cabinet, both technically and musically speaking.

    About my own situation:

    I own this cabinet, and play a Fender Jazz or Stingray HH when I do play bass guitar. The thing is, I'm 95% of the time an upright player. For my upright, I use a variety of Acoustic Image products with a mic and/or pick-up. As many of you probably know, that's a whole different sort of rig and approach.

    Now that I'm playing a little more electric, I've got the aforementioned Markbass cab. I can use my Acoustic Image head, but its not "ideal..." Gigging around, I played through some other gear last summer, the house back line and such, and found that tonally, some generally cheaper, clunkier, older rigs had a sound that was more in line with what I liked for the bass guitar. Nonetheless, I have this Markbass and don't understand the tech specs and so forth... How can I get the most out of it? So, if you can offer any informed opinions as to what I could use to power this particular cabinet, that would be much appreciated! Thanks :bag:
  2. John Lenis

    John Lenis

    Aug 8, 2005
    Jersey City
    Thanks for your input! And I do realize it all comes down to personal preference, but from the technical standpoint, I still don't even understand what the best options are. I don't really get how to best match my cab with a head, in terms of power. So, any opinions/advice in this regard are welcome.
  3. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    ANY bass amp will work, there's not alot of matching, other than watching the impedance. But with an 8 ohm cab, about the only head I could think of that wouldn't work well is an SVT, as it has taps for 2 or 4 ohm operation only. Go play some amps, see what you like.
  4. I have the same cab and I use a Markbass F1 head with my mine. I play a passive J and P basses the tone is deep, responsive and warm. I have also tried the little mark 2 and LM Tube heads with it but prefer the F1. I like how it is small and fits in a laptop bag too.


    THORRR Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2010
    Parker, Colorado
    Same as above, but I use a LM III 800watt head.

    Great combination. Lots of tonal flexibility and punch.
    Super power when you need it . . . lots of headroom when you don't.