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Open Box Markbass CMD 151P Jeff Berlin Signature 300W 1x15 Bass Combo Amp  

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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
 
4.7

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Portable (8)
  • Good power output (7)
  • Warm / comfy (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (7)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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5.0

Lethal portability!

By AdJah Riddim

from Richmond Va

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

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

    Not bad by itself but when you pair it up with the matching 1x15 cab look out! Goes from 300 watts to 500 watts with a much fuller sound! Sound man and band members start complaining I'm too loud ! The drummer doesn't complain though. It it really shines with a MXR compressor to MXR preamp hitting the front end. Eq the amp flat & don't mess with the knobs on the far right. Use the MXR preamp to tweak your sound. Using Fender USA Precision & Jazz 4 stringers backed up by MiM's. Will handle low B with damage to your internal organs. Did I mention this is sooooo light weight?

     
    5.0

    Great Amp

    By Steve

    from Seattle, Washington

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

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

      Just received my new Markbass Jeff Berlin combo amp. Looks great. Easy to use. Small, lightweight and extremely portable. But the sound is "BIG"! Great bottom end from such a small amp and much louder than I thought that it would be. Then I plugged it into my Markbass 104HF cabinet and the two together was astounding. Huge sound but still had great tone. So versatile that I can use it for a practice amp, an amp for small gigs or combo it for much larger gigs. I'm very pleased.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome Amp

      By Bass Man

      from Corinth, MS

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

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

        The MarkBass Jeff Berlin series is an awesome amp. I use mine at church and in a band. We like it loud, and this amp can hold it own in churches that seat 200-300. Just set the gain to avoid distortion. I zeroed out everything on the guitar with minimal adjustments on the amp, it sounds great. Love to feel what I play. If I had to, I would buy another.

        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Disappointed

        By Conan

        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.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazingly Transparent & Pure Bass Sound!

        By Dr. A.

        from Bend, Oregon

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Acoustic Or Electric Bass
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • A Bit Pricey

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        I must admit I'm a bit of a skeptic. To get past all the popular buzz and hype surrounding this brand, I had to play this equipment for myself. Surprisingly in the first few minutes, I found the claims to be completely justified. Without a doubt, this amp is the cleanest and most faithful bass reproduction of any bass amplifier I've experienced.

        Like most pro players, I have tried and probably owned about every high-end bass amp out there -- GK, Ampeg, SWR, Acoustic Image, etc. In my opinion, the Markbass CMD 151P is among the most accurate and pure bass amps on the market.

        As a jazz musician, I play both upright and electric bass. My upright bass with a Shadow pickup and onboard preamp sounds exactly the same as played acoustically... just louder when going through this amp. It's like plugging into my home stereo system. To date, no other amp has offered such purity of sound.

        When using this amp with my electric bass, the diversity of possible tones is amazing. It also works fantastic on slap & pop funk styles. There is absolutely no need for a high-frequency horn to achieve a great percussive sound (Jeff Berlin is correct on this point).

        This is one of those rare pieces of gear that puts a smile on my face every time I use it. I could not be more pleased with my purchase... and it will probably be the last bass amp I ever buy. For a huge improvement in your sound, do your playing a big favor and check out Markbass gear for yourself. Although it is a bit pricey, this Markbass amp is truly professional equipment with an exceptional sound in a very transportable package.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Unreliable

        By augerbass

        from Cheshire, CT

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Reliability

        Best Uses

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

          As a bass player of 15 years, I have been through much equipment and finally settled on this. In the two years I have owned it, it has been an excellent powerhouse which delivered great sound to all my electric basses (4, 5, and six strings), as well as my electric upright and regular upright. Great bottom end and not bottoming out, and surprising clarity for a 15 inch speaker. It is light weight and easy to transport and I plugged it into a similar dimension 15" Ampeg extension cab which matches its size and stacks great underneath the markbass.

          I regret to give you the bad news, that after I had powered the amplifier on one day while at home (thank god I wasn't at a gig), it had shut off within 20 seconds. The fuse for the power supply had blown. I decided to change the fuse with the provided replacement, which had blown the second I powered the amp on again. I purchased four of the same fuses, and all four of those blew out as well after trying different power sources. Since this happened to me, I have read numerous horror stories with MarkBass amps having this same issue, usually resulting in Markbass needing to replace the entire circuit board, which is not a cheap fix after spending money on shipping to either California or back to Italy. Several people have complained from my research of this happening to a variety of Mark Bass line of amplifiers, which is unacceptable for a company that has successfully marketed itself as today's premier leader in the bass amplification business. I am extremely dissappointed.

          I have purchased a new Hartke amplifier I can plug into the speaker inside the Markbass which I will use as a backup in the future when I do get this amplifier fixed, but I'll be darned if I don't have a backup if this is a common problem with Mark Bass.

          As with other people complaining of this same issue, I am enraged that I am not the only one whose warranty expired two months prior to this incident happening.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great (and light) amp!

          By Joe

          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.

           
          5.0

          great amp

          By gray beard

          from Tulsa, OK

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

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

            great amp light weight, lots of power for its size, love the bottom end.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Bought used, sounds amazing

            By SixStringSlinga

            from Brooklyn, NY

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Low-end Clarity Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • No Compressor

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

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

            This is my all time favorite bass amp. The tone you get is more towards the lower and warmer end of things with the possibility for a Jaco style midrange presence or even a punky and rude punch if you change the settings.

            Has amazing power for the portability. Doesn't have as much clean headroom as I would like but there's nothing else close at this size. The cabinet is quite large but not heavy, a tube guitar amp like a fender deluxe weighs more. Options for tone shaping are all here. My only critique is that this thing ought to have a compressor at this price, but my mark bass pedal compressor fills this void.

            I bought a mint condition used one from this site and the condition was pristine. USed gear at this site is legit.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            WOW!!! Big bang.... Little Package!

            By Chris1911

            from Omaha, NE

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

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

              After years of lugging around bulky, heavy equipment I finally bit the bullet and went for a Markbass. I was reluctant at first but I picked up the Jeff Berlin CMD 151, and WOW! This little guy really rocks. I am now considering adding the CMD 151 New York as an extension cab to really open the thing up.

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