Markbass cabinets were also honored, with the Standard 104HF (front-ported 4x10” cabinet) placing at the top of the Best Bass Cabinet category, second only to the larger Ampeg SVT-810E 8x10”. This is a sweet victory for Markbass, whose cabinets are sometimes overshadowed by the popularity of their innovative heads.
Markbass also landed its CMD 151 Jeff Berlin Signature model in the second place in the Best Combo Amp contest. And Jeff’s bass trio Bx3 (with Stu Hamm and Billy Sheehan) placed third in the Best Tour for Bass in 2008 category.
Markbass artist and 24 year-old French bass phenomenon Hadrien Feraud placed third in the Most Exciting New Player category, after Esperanza Spalding and Evan Marien (who incidentally uses a Markbass Mini CMD 121P combo).
In addition to winning the Best Bass Head award, the Little Mark II also took third place in the Best Value category, after Squier Classic Vibe-series basses and the Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass. Its $599 price tag (US) has been an important component of the amp’s success, considering its top-level, made-in-Italy build quality and reliability.
These awards for the Little Mark II are a fitting sendoff, considering the influential head has been recently discontinued to make way for the Little Mark III and three other new Little Marks: the Little Mark Tube, Little Mark 800, and Little Mark Tube 800. These new Little Marks are available now from Markbass dealers worldwide.