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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jasonplaysbass, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. After deciding to do a major overhaul to my rig and sound, I picked up a Markbass CMD 121p about 2 months ago, and immediately was taken with the sound quality and really low weight. I dumped my old gear on craigslist, and figured I'd finally found an amp that would be ideal.

    A week ago, with hard-earned commission dollars burning a hole in my pocket, I was back in GC with my combo in hand to try out some ext cabs. I was really impressed with the NY 151 Randy Jackson signature cabinet, and got a deal on it.

    After a week of playing nightly through the 1X12 combo and 1X15 cab, I now agree with the conventional wisdom 'round these parts that mixing cab sizes like this would max out my excursion on the 12 long before the 15, ultimately making this a nice, but now somewhat unreliable and kind of expensive rig for what I could really expect. If I had to choose between the 2, the 15 wins by a mile. Super lightweight for the size (37lbs), and low end for days. Turns out I'm more of a 15 guy than I thought.

    This morning, I'm going back to GC with my CMD121p in the original box and packaging, and trading up for a nice Markbass head. Am considering the LMIII or the Randy Jackson Signature TTE 500.

  2. BullHorn


    Nov 23, 2006

    Get an Ampeg. :)
  3. Awesome! Not exactly what I was expecting, but awesome nonetheless. Happy (insert appropriate holiday name here)!
  4. Deepwoods

    Deepwoods Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2003
    St. Louis
    If you wait a few weeks you may find a good deal on a LMIII with the new Big Bang coming out.
  5. Patience is not one of my better qualities, plus my 60 day trade-in policy expires this week.
  6. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    They have a 60-day trade in policy? I hadn't heard of that.
  7. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    yeah, I had the cmd121p and it is an amazing combo... as long as your expectations are reasonable. Its a small box. Dont expect to overcome the laws of physics. I ran mine with a UL112 (and a ps112) and decided that the small combo was the limiting factor in my rig and bought a LMII and a second UL112. That was a beautiful sounding, portable rig.

    The two 15s would be louder for sure. Your decision comes down to how much you value portability over 112s versus the 115s and of course tone considerations.
  8. christw

    christw Get low!

    May 11, 2008
    Dayton OH
    The Randy Jackson head is very versatile. I toyed with one on the signature 115 and got everything from the fattest old school bottom end to modern bite after a lot of knob twisting in between. It's in the back of my head as an "If I ever get really bored with everything I own..." kind of rig.
  9. murphy

    murphy Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    Either head would be great I'm sure.
    and another 15....whoa....nice rig
  10. Yeah, they extend the normal 30-day policy to 60 days when you purchase the 2 or 3 year "no questions asked" warranty...at least my local store in Concord CA does. Sadly, it turned out that I was pass that too, and had to do a trade-in used...but the really good news is below!
  11. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    I am surprised the Jeff Berlin (1-15) combo amp was not suggested as a compliment to the 1-15 cabinet. ;) :cool:
  12. Sav'nBass


    Jan 18, 2009
    Virginia Beach
    Yeah that would actually be a good choice... then you would have basically a complete rig. Bring the combo to the smaller stuff and the extra cab to bigger venues. Either that or trade the 115 in for a 121 cab and run a 212 setup..
  13. murphy

    murphy Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    Do not like the horn in that combo
  14. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    The Jeff Berlin? :meh:
  15. Johno Dunn

    Johno Dunn Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2007
    Carpinteria, Ca.
    There is no horn in the JB combo.

  16. contrapposto

    contrapposto Guest

    Oct 23, 2011
    After switching to 8x10 and tube head, from an SWR solid state combo that had a 15" and a cab with a 15" and 10"... I'd really say that there's no contest on tone/cut live.

    With that said, I have heard some great Markbass combos that friends have, and am considering one for when I give lessons. I really have no experience with the head/cab setups... so I'm looking forward to hearing what you find with them.
  17. Don't forget to give a try to the LMT 800 - I've had mine for more than a year now, and still no looking back.
  18. Ended up with the Randy Jackson Signature TTE 500 head...sounds amazing through the matching 151...pics to follow.
  19. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    The best way to find what you want is by doing
    what you are doing.
    You have to own gear & play it a while before you
    you can evaluate it.
    Now, stay off of TB or face the wrath of GAS again!!! Haha
  20. rpsands


    Jul 6, 2007
    The TTEs sound amazing. Those and the SD's are my faves of the Markbass stuff :)