New Toys: Dean Markley CD30 and CD60

Dean Markley's CD30 and CD60 tube guitar amplifiers are known for their high headroom clean channel and also their classic, warm lead channel making them popular for artists such as Eric Clapton, Alex Lifeson and Andy Summers. 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of these amps and in celebration of the occasion Dean Markley has committed to full-time production.

Both amplifiers come as single 1x12 (custom Celestion) combos possessing two inputs with volume controls and separate drive and gain controls. There are treble, mid and bass controls, master volume, reverb, presence and channel switching to drive two, 6L6 power tubes delivering 30-watts RMS for the CD30 and 60-watts RMS for the CD60.

The rear panel provides an AC input IEC jack, power toggle and standby switches, and a speaker selector. There is a footswitch input for channel changing and reverb on/off, a send/return effects loop with send and return level controls, and a separate pre-out.

Both the CD30 and CD60 measure 20H- x 20W- x 11D-inches, weighs 42 lbs. and sell for $998 and $1198 MSRP.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. http://barryrudolph.com