When Marc Vanderkley set out to design his dream bass amplifier, he had in his head a list of areas where other amps had fallen short of his wishes over the years. Marc’s new bass amp was designed from the outset to overcome these shortfalls. The sound would have to be ultra clear and highly detailed, yet at the same time powerful and warm. He always wanted a bass amp that would convey every detail of the character of the instrument and every nuance of the players style with unlimited headroom and dynamics, without obscuring anything or adding a sound of its own. Furthermore, the amp had to maintain these characteristics at any volume and in any circumstance. And of course, the amp should be reliable, easy to use, solidly built and look great.
The end product of a long development and test phase is the Spartan high performance bass amplifier. The Spartan is the perfect match for Vanderkley Neolite bass cabinets, which offer effortless power handling and are able to very clearly project the entire delivered range of frequencies from the amp. A key feature of the Spartan is its ability to run a 4-Ohm cabinet on each output. This allows the user to connect two 4-Ohm or four 8-Ohm cabinets to cover larger venues or stages. With this feature, and with my other design elements, the Spartan becomes a very powerful, capable bass amplifier in an extremely portable package.
The new Spartan bass amplifier is all about tone, power and simplicity.