I DON’T THINK I’LL EVER BE MORE
portable than this: I’m running a Mark Bass
Little Mark Tube 800 into two Acme Sound
B1 3-way cabinets. The whole thing weighs
less than your average 5th grader and has about
the smallest stage footprint of anything I’ve
seen on stage. I can pile it into the back of a
Smart Car, which means rock star parking at
any downtown gig.
Between the attenuation on the cabinets
and the amp’s VLE and VPF filters, I can really
manage what I’m hearing from the bass itself.
Joe Barden Engineering developed a vintage
replacement set of pickups specifically for the
Rickenbacker 4003, which I recently had
installed to increase output and eliminate noise.
Don’t worry—the growl didn’t go away. If anything,
the JBE’s let you hear more of what a
Ric is supposed to sound like. What I especially
like about the JBE’s is that they install perfectly
into the Ric’s existing hardware, keeping it looking
100%. —EVAN MELLICHAMPE, VIA EMAIL