Hartke first revolutionized the world of bass amplification in 1985 with the creation of a unique aluminium cone driver that produced a bass tone with far broader dynamics than had ever been heard before. Since then, they have introduced a complete line of bass gear, and introduced the Hartke sound to a whole new generation of bass players. Their success can be attributed to a long history of inspiring world-class musicians with their innovative bass speaker technology.
In the late 1970s, electronics gurus Larry Hartke and Ron Lorman began tinkering with the first prototype aluminium cone drivers. It wasn't until 1980 that they released their first products, an aluminium cone, free edge tweeter and a 2-way bookshelf system with an eight-inch aluminum woofer, under the Hartke name. In 1984, the two crafted the first aluminium bass speaker cones into one of Jaco Pastorius's old 810 cabinets. Only that single cabinet was made and shared by a lot of the players on the scene. When Jaco tried out the new cabinet, the solid, coherent low end and the extended frequency range of the mids and highs produced by the aluminum cones inspired him. As a result, Jaco began using the cabinet at all of his shows.
Today, the XL and newly-enhanced HyDrive HD cabinets are only part of Hartke's extensive line of bass gear, which also features the raw power of their LH, HA and TX Series Bass Amplifiers, the classic paper tone of the VX Series Bass Cabinets, countless accessories for bass and much more. Always driving the latest innovations in speaker and amplifier technology, the Hartke revolution rolls on…