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Jeff Berlin teamed up with Markbass to create this sweet signature bass combo amp, the CMD 151P. Jeff is a master bass soloist who has been playing with some of the greats for the past 30 years, inclu... Read More

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Jeff Berlin teamed up with Markbass to create this sweet signature bass combo amp, the CMD 151P. Jeff is a master bass soloist who has been playing with some of the greats for the past 30 years, including Isaac Hayes, Bill Buford, John Mclaughlin, and the Brecker Brothers, just to name a few.

Like the other CMD amp models, the 151 combo has a built-in Little Mark II preamp to help you achieve your own signature sound. The Markbass CMD 151 also has 4-band EQ and VLE (Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator) and VPF (Variable Pre-shape Filter) filters. Unlike other bass amplifiers, the Markbass CMD 151 has no tweeter. Jeff doesn't believe in them. And if you listen to any of his performances, you'll notice there's nothing missing in his sound. The 400W 15" B&C speaker will give you all the sound you need with a tone you'll find impeccably unique and warm. Just like Jeff Berlin's playing.

Features
  • Designed by legendary bass soloist Jeff Berlin
  • Built-in Little Mark II preamp
  • Great power-to-weight ratio
  • Made of high-grade, multi-ply poplar
  • Glued, screwed, and sealed internally with special compounds for maximum sound quality
  • Protected corners
  • Side handles for transportation
  • Lightweight
Little Mark II
  • Provides 500W at 4 ohm or 300W at 8 ohm
  • Gain and Master volume controls
  • Clip warning light
  • EQ includes controls for Low, Mid Frequency Low, High Frequency Low, and High
Little Mark II
  • Provides 500W at 4 ohm or 300W at 8 ohm
  • Gain and Master volume controls
  • Clip warning light
  • EQ includes controls for Low, Mid Frequency Low, High Frequency Low, and High
  • VLE (Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator) and VPF (Variable Pre-shape Filter) filters
  • Neutrik Speakon Combo out jacks for use with 1/4" or Speakon speaker cables
  • Balanced XLR out
  • Ground lift switch to eliminate hum
  • Tuner out sends unbalanced signal sent to a tuner, amp or recording equipment not needing a balanced signal
  • Send and Return Effect ensures main signal continues even if something dies in your effects chain
  • Neutrik Speakon Combo out jacks for use with 1/4" or Speakon speaker cables
  • Balanced XLR out
  • Ground lift switch to eliminate hum
  • Tuner out sends unbalanced signal sent to a tuner, amp or recording equipment not needing a balanced signal
  • Send and Return Effect ensures main signal continues even if something dies in your effects chain
Specifications
  • Speaker: 1 x 15"
  • Tweeter: none
  • Bass reflex: rear
  • Impedance: 8 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 100 dB SPL
  • Speaker power handling: 400W RMS (AES Standard)
  • Amp output power: 500W at 4 ohm/300W at 8 ohm
  • Frequency response: 40Hz to 5kHz
  • Crossover Frequency: 3 kHz
  • Dimensions: 18.27"W x 21.93"H x 18.9"D
  • Weight: 46.74 lbs.
  • Little Mark II head
  • Power
  • Input impedance: 500Kohm, max. voltage: 15 Vpp
  • Balanced Output (XLR): 22Kohm, max. voltage 25 Vpp
  • Effect Return impedance: 22Kohm, max. voltage: 25 Vpp
  • Output Power: 300W RMS at 8 ohm, 500W RMS at 4 ohm
  • Voltage is factory preset for the U.S.
  • Controls
  • GAIN —80 dB to +23 dB range
  • MASTER VOLUME
  • GROUND LIFT: switch on rear panel
  • Equalization
  • LOW
  • Center frequency: 40Hz; level ±16dB
  • LOW MID
  • Center frequency 360Hz, level ±16dB
  • HIGH MID
  • Center frequency 800Hz, level ±16dB
  • HIGH
  • 10kHz shelf; level ±16dB
  • VPF (Variable Pre-shape Filter)
  • center frequency 380Hz (cut)
  • VLE (Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator)
  • frequency range 250Hz—20kHz (cut)
  • Outputs
  • EFFECT SEND
  • Unbalanced, max. voltage 20 Vpp (pre-EQ)
  • TUNER OUT
  • Unbalanced, max. voltage 25 Vpp
  • LINE OUT
  • Balanced XLR, max. voltage 10 Vpp
  • SPEAKER OUT
  • Speakon, 1/4"
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MarkbassCMD 151P Jeff Berlin Signature 300W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp
 
4.8

(based on 14 reviews)

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cmd151p

I bought this amp a few months ago. I am really satisfied with the performance. I have been playing bass over 35 years and gigging out almost as long. I have a few...Read complete review

I bought this amp a few months ago. I am really satisfied with the performance. I have been playing bass over 35 years and gigging out almost as long. I have a few great amps and bottoms, but nothing this compact and capable. I am old school, I like a lot of bottom. This little amp gives me that... at volume. I am also an "old guy" so lifting SVT bottoms and V-4 heads is out. The amp is light enough to carry in one hand and the bass in the other. Less trips to make at the end of the night. An interesting fact is, that on Wednesdays I am in the house band of an open mike. The amp gets used by a lot of different players. Some are great, some average and some are knuckleheads. The amp delivers for all different kinds of music, from country to metal. Knock on wood, it has taken some abuse and is still reliable.

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Disappointed

I am not a professional musician, but I decided it was time to get a decent amp. I played the Markbass CMD 151 with a Fender Jazz Bass for about twenty days and returned...Read complete review

I am not a professional musician, but I decided it was time to get a decent amp. I played the Markbass CMD 151 with a Fender Jazz Bass for about twenty days and returned it. I didn't care for the tone. The amp was muddy on the low end, and I had to play much softer than normal on the G string when I had it turned up. I'm waiting for another amp to be delivered and just using an old BX-100 Crate, which I realize now has amazing tone compared to the Markbass. I guess a lot of players like the idea of having a smaller rig, but I'd rather do a bit of lifting, or ask someone for a hand than have an amp with poor tone. I'm waiting on a Fender Rumble 500 watt head and the Rumble 410 cabinet.

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2.0

Disappointed

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from Kansas City, Missouri

Comments about Markbass CMD 151P Jeff Berlin Signature 300W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp:

I am not a professional musician, but I decided it was time to get a decent amp. I played the Markbass CMD 151 with a Fender Jazz Bass for about twenty days and returned it. I didn't care for the tone. The amp was muddy on the low end, and I had to play much softer than normal on the G string when I had it turned up. I'm waiting for another amp to be delivered and just using an old BX-100 Crate, which I realize now has amazing tone compared to the Markbass. I guess a lot of players like the idea of having a smaller rig, but I'd rather do a bit of lifting, or ask someone for a hand than have an amp with poor tone. I'm waiting on a Fender Rumble 500 watt head and the Rumble 410 cabinet.

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5.0

Great (and light) amp!

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from San Diego, CA

Comments about Markbass CMD 151P Jeff Berlin Signature 300W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp:

For practice and small clubs I had been using an Ampeg BA115 for about ten years. It finally gave it up and after doing a bit of research, I narrowed my replacement choices down to a Fender Rumbler, an Acoustic and the Markbass. All nice gear, but this is a case of you get what you pay for. Although the Markbass is more than twice the cost of the others, it's twice the amp. This is not some quality that only electronic instruments detect, it's knockout punch and tone you hear right from the get-go, from the highest high to the lowest open B. First practice I used it at, I carried the Markbass in one hand and my guitar case in the other...I don't know it's limits yet, so I'm not quite ready to dump the outdoor/large venue heavy artillery, an Ampeg SVT-CL, 4/10 & 15 cabs. At 45 lbs vs 90, 110 & 95lbs respectively, it would be tempting. PROS: best combo amp I've ever heard. CONS: mighty pricey... might be nice.

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5.0

An excellent combo amp

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from Maple Valley, WA

Comments about Markbass CMD 151P Jeff Berlin Signature 300W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp:

I had the opportunity at GC to compare this with the CMD 102. While the 10-inch speakers sounded great, they did not have the low boom that this one has. This thunders like a meteor strike. It's quite loud, too. It's almost unreasonable to dial it past 1 in a small practice room, even with drums a-poundin'. The drummer won't be able to hear himself!

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5.0

Excellent sound and construction

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from Orance Co California

Comments about Markbass CMD 151P Jeff Berlin Signature 300W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp:

I looked at this Amp because I was looking for a new smaller Amp that was lighter than the Rumble I had been using, I bought it for its sound. It has a rich, clean and deep sound that has turned heads when I start to play at gigs. It has lots of power and push. I am also very impressed with the units construction and versatility. Try one before you buy anything else. It sounds amazing even sounds better than many amps twice its size.

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5.0

Very Impressed

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from Keller, Texas

Comments about Markbass CMD 151P Jeff Berlin Signature 300W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp:

I have been through several amps over the last year unfortunately. Two Fender Rumbles (the latest a 350), and had found a sweet deal on an Ampeg SVT4/PR410+PR151 rig. Got that thing home, unloaded it, and could NOT get it back in my SUV by myself. Sold it the next day and bought the CMD 151P rig along with a New Yorker 15" cabinet. I loved the sound, but was waiting to play a gig before I reviewed it. Played 2 gigs this last weekend, one outdoor and one indoor. The rig blew me away at both venues. The outdoor venue was mostly played with the volume on 3-4, and on the indoor gig I had to turn it down to 2-3. I am running it completely flat, and my bass (Fender Jazz 5-string) is flat except the highs are rolled off a bit. It puts out a PHENOMINAL amount of low end and plenty of mids, sounds very natural, and most of all, only weighs about 75 pounds for the entire 2 pieces. I think I have found my perfect bass amp.

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5.0

Markbass CMD 151P Jeff Berlin Signature

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from Milton Florida

Comments about Markbass CMD 151P Jeff Berlin Signature 300W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp:

I needed a new bass amp and read the reviews on all the Markbass products. The ratings all seamed consistently high so I checked it out at my local GC. I tried the Markbass CMD 102P because it was all they had on the floor in what I was most interested in. It really did sound as good as all the reviews claimed. I play a 6 string bass and it sounded great on all strings except the low B. It seemed to rattled a little to much for me. It might have been because it was the demo. So I took a chance and ordered the Jeff Berlin knowing I could return it if I wasn't satisfied. Well the 15" handles the low B no problem and is clear on all the mids and highs. It cut right through the mix at church during praise and worship up against a hard playing drummer and two guitarist using 60 watt tube amps cranked. I was only half way up on the master and gain. I'm very satisfied so far and have no intentions of returning it. It is built solid and very light. I think they are just a bit over priced, but I would purchase and extension cab if I needed it.

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5.0

Awesome and lightweight!!

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from Bowie, MD

Comments about Markbass CMD 151P Jeff Berlin Signature 300W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp:

I been playing bass for a little over 15 years and this thing is just AMAZING! I just sold my markbass F1 + svt12he. That rig was awesome but I just cant believe how well 1 15" sub without a tweeter can sound so good. It thumps really hard. The highs are articulate and best part you can add an extension cab to fill in for bigger gigs. This combo is very very lightweight! I can carry it with just 1 hand up and down the stairs easily.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Markbass CMD 151P 300W 1X15 Bass Combo

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from Lancaster, Pa

Comments about Markbass CMD 151P Jeff Berlin Signature 300W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp:

Very happy with this amp. Has alot of bottom and very nice tone. Great price for a combo. The nicest combo amp I have ever owned. I play a fretted and fretless bass. This was definitely a great improvement to my rig.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bass O'plenty

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from Houston TX

Comments about Markbass CMD 151P Jeff Berlin Signature 300W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp:

Looked at, read reviews, and played almost everything in my price range over the course of a year and this was at the very top of my price range. Not matter what I thought I had settled on, I always came back to Markbass. Played the CMD 102, a 750w halfstack, and the Jeff Berlin 151. The low end on this thing is awesome, and the tone is like non other. I cant' wait till I get a chance to plug in another 15" cab under it. BOOM'in!!

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(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Amp

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from Mansfield,Ma

Comments about Markbass CMD 151P Jeff Berlin Signature 300W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp:

This is a great amp. With lots of Power. I have 3 basses a Fender JP90, A Fender Victor Bailey Acoustic and a Palatino Upright Electric Bass. This makes each one of those sound amazing by just tweaking the EQ a tad. The Palatino with this amp and the VLE control makes it sound like a true Double Bass. The bottom is amazing.. I am glad this does not have the tweeter. I think that is the reason it makes the Palatino sound so good.I would definitely recommend to anyone. It's pricey but well worth the money.

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