UK Bass Mag has reviewed the Richard Bona's signature rig in their last issue, saying "Incredible sound given its size".
Here are some highlights:
> To mark its 15th anniversary, Markbass has released several new products. Two of the most exciting recent arrivals are this new cabinet and amp - the resut of a collaboration between Markbass boss Marco De Virgiliis and bass superstar Richard Bona. If you haven't seen or heard Richard Bona, you absolutely must check him out; he's astonishing.
> In keeping with Markbass's strategy of platform-sharing and continual development, the basic format and layout of the Ninja amp closely follows of the latest Little Mark III. The popularity of that amp has made it an industry standard and a benchmark for high quality, lightweight and compact bass heads.
> At least part of its success can be attributed to the distinctive Markbass sound, a result of the unique power amp it uses which has been designed especially for bass. Without doubt it's a great starting point.
> As an easy-to-use and powerful bass head, there's a lot going for the Ninja - especially if you are a fan of the Markbass sound and preamp layout.
> A compact cab with teo high-spec 12" speakers and a compression driver with separate attenuation has become the de facto choice from many working bass players. It's not hard to see why. The combination of great-sounding rig that can be easily shifted and set up by the player himself in an alluring prospect.
> Everything that's good about the New York 122 cab, and there's plenty, can be said of the New York 122 Ninja, with the added benefit that if you really need to, you can use two of them.
> In use, the Ninja amp and cab together are a real rivelation.The rig produces a tight, accurate tone with an extended low end that's controlled but in no way limited.
> It's not surprising that a player of the stature of Richard Bona is enthusiastically using it.
> It's a market segment that Markbass have done much to make their own since the company started in 2001, and as long as they keep producing bass gear as good as this, they'll no doubt be celebrating many more anniversary in the future.
I've been working on a killer bass amp with Marco De Virgiliis and his team in Pescara, Italy. Hung out with them this past June and went over EVERYTHING to make sure we got this just right...woofers, tweeters, EQ. I think you're gonna love it. Check this out. MM