Mixdown reviewed the MB Kimandu 5.

March 25, 2020, 10:19 a.m.

Here some excerpts from the review.

  • Markbass have applied every ounce of their trademark creativity and precision to come out with the Kimandu 5 Richard Bona Signature, a truly unique and resounding debut.
  • Upon just taking this bass out of its case for the first time, I was impressed by its featherweight. From my experience, I’ve usually found active basses to be slightly heavier just because of the electronics contained inside, however this is certainly not the case with the Kimandu 5.
  • I was really happy with how unobtrusively well the bass sat within the mix: it’s perceptible, but because the Kimandu 5’s  tone is so dynamically even all-round, it doesn’t sound too boomy or overpowering in the midst of the other instruments. 
  • The bass’s capacity for sustain is impressive: if you’re playing a bass part that requires a more minimalistic, ‘less is more’, approach, sustain is essential.
  • The Kimandu 5 is well set up, with no discernible buzzes or intonation problems.
  • I personally believe that, at its current price point, it’s a worthwhile purchase given the sheer quality of tones it offers, not to mention its lightweight and original design. A truly sensational debut from Markbass.



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