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    What Ever Became Of The New MM Amps

    It was a year or two ago (longer?) that I remember reading of folks at Music Man talking with Mark Bass about reintroducing the Music Man bass amplifiers...

    Several of the newer MM bass videos show folks plugged into small MM combos, which I suspect are old models.

    Anybody know what ever became of that? I would LOVE a small/medium MM combo

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    Didn't the guitar amps make a return for a while in 2014? Then they went away.
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    I think it was about 4 or 5 years ago they launched, and for some reason they were discontinued after a while. There are some in Sweden at least, and they work fine
    There was a head, BH-500, and also a 810 as seen here: MUSIC MAN BH-500 AMP & 810 BS CABINET
    Also there was a combo, 115b-250: Amps | bass, electric bass, luthier, online shop | DoctorBass
    Maybe there were other options too, can't remember, and I have no ieda why they stopped. It was all built by Markbass, I think based on markbass amps but I'm not sure. Sounded good ant esepcially the BH-500 head was a nice one

    Edit: Found the manual, dated 21 october 2014, so there around they were getting available I guess
    https://www.zikinf.com/manuels/music...r-en-50456.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monahan View Post
    It was a year or two ago (longer?) that I remember reading of folks at Music Man talking with Mark Bass about reintroducing the Music Man bass amplifiers...

    Several of the newer MM bass videos show folks plugged into small MM combos, which I suspect are old models.

    Anybody know what ever became of that? I would LOVE a small/medium MM combo
    Good question...????
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    Thanks guys!

    2014/15... boy how time flies! As I continued to dig, I did find a few videos talking about the new amps. Here is a good one from the unveiling at Musikmesse '14:



    Browsing the online sellers, I did find a few nice examples of the old ones, but both were in New York, and both require local pickup. Guess I just need to put some money aside and keep my eyes open for a nice combo.

    Still though, I can't help but wonder what happened and why the project had such a short life span...

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    Didn’t even know there was a reintroduced amp, I must of been having a doze

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    Most likely, they didn't sell, simple as that. They are not exactly hard to find on the used market, and while some people like them, they are also up against tons of amp builders out there right now, making every conceivable type of amplifier.
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    The bass heads and the cabinets - especially that 2-12 cab - were really great.

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    I bought the 115 B250 combo when it came out a few years ago. Very powerful unit!

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    Seem to remember these may have only been released in Europe and not in the US?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmang View Post
    Seem to remember these may have only been released in Europe and not in the US?
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    Aren't they basically Markbass with MM aesthetics? Markbass is doing ok in Europe, but it's not as popular anymore. Now if those were like the old tube power section amps, that would be something. Markbass? Meh. Ok I guess, whatever.

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    Where in Europe are you? I'm in Sweden and here Markbass isn't much of a deal, but in the short period when the new MM amps were available they sold ok I hear. And the BH-500 is a lot like the Casa, no class D
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    Quote Originally Posted by strummer View Post
    Where in Europe are you? I'm in Sweden and here Markbass isn't much of a deal, but in the short period when the new MM amps were available they sold ok I hear. And the BH-500 is a lot like the Casa, no class D
    Central Europe. Older Markbass heads weren't Class D either. Everything is Class D nowadays though.. Shame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouth View Post
    Central Europe. Older Markbass heads weren't Class D either. Everything is Class D nowadays though.. Shame.
    That's my point, the Casa (and BH-500) isn't class D. Markbass has been doing class D and A/B side by side for a long time, I personally think it's great that there are ultra light options. I enjoy more traditional amp designs, but a 2 kg amp is handy when taking the subway to a gig
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    Beth: I would compare Bongo to Tommy Lee Jones. Bad a$$ and just hot in a weird way...
    cheezewiz: They should take their lace thongs off and play bass.

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