Having played with everyone from Miles Davis to Herbie Hancock to Luther Vandross, Marcus Miller is perhaps one of the best known bass players of our time. Hugely influential as a performer and composer, his grooves, technique and improvisational skills have long kept him at the top of the game. Markbass has made a habit of building relationships with serious players, so it’s not completely surprising that Miller has joined their stable of users. Even more than just joining their roster, Markbass has developed a line of signature products for the bass supremo, including heads and cabinets. We saw the Little Marcus amp a few months back, and now we have the 102 Bass Cab in our hands.
With Marcus Miller now an official member of the Markbass family, the company is adding to his signature range with a 2x10 cab intended for use as a smaller pro-sounding rig. This could either be used as a standalone cab or as part of a modular setup. Coming in the standard Markbass black carpet-styled covering, the 102 features two 10” neodymium drivers and a 1” voice coil tweeter to add high end punch and clarity to your playing. Rated at 400 watts RMS, the cab also has rear porting (like much of the Markbass range) for added low end.
The interesting part of the design is the angled cab shape. Miller himself speaks of the ability to use the 102 in either a standard vertical position or as a floor monitor. The cab is relatively lightweight (one of Markbass’ initial design features) and comes in under 20kgs – pretty darn manageable for most players, and easy to manoeuvre in and out of the car/gigs/rehearsal and the like.
As a standalone, the 102 can handle plenty of low end, and the combination of the two 10” speakers and 1” tweeter provide a clear, punchy tone that works for slap, fingers and pick work. Markbass’ reflex port design is typically big and warm, and this Miller cab is no different. The angled design is actually a nice option, especially for gigging guys that need the flexibility of extra monitoring. I’d think many players would still want to use the cab in a typical vertical position, but the option is there (and if you’re lucky enough to have multiple cabs, you could split your rig as needed). Markbass gear really seems to be built to last. Mark and Marcus – seems like a pretty good setup.
Hits and Misses
Smaller cab size that can still handle big gigs
Angled design offers flexibility
Angled cab may not be for everyone