Hartke first revolutionized the world of bass amplification in 1985 with the creation of a unique aluminum cone driver that produced a bass tone with far broader dynamics than had ever been heard before. Since then, we have introduced a complete line of bass gear, and introduced the Hartke sound to a whole new generation of bass players. Our success can be attributed to a long history of inspiring world-class musicians with our innovative bass speaker technology. In the late 1970s, electronics gurus Larry Hartke and Ron Lorman began tinkering with the first prototype aluminum cone drivers. It wasn't until 1980 that they released their first products, an aluminum cone, free edge tweeter and a two-way bookshelf system with an eight-inch aluminum woofer, under the Hartke name. Fast Forward to 2005. At Madison Square Garden, Jack Bruce reunited with fellow Cream members Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker for the first time in nearly 30 years. Jack played through a pair of Hartke’s traditional paper cone cabinets, and a classic 410XL aluminum cabinet. The inspiration for the next revolution in bass speaker technology was staring us in the face from the stage of the world’s most famous arena. Hartke engineers began working on fusing the aluminum cones that had made our company famous with traditional paper cones. The goal was to create a new speaker that was unique, powerful and inspiring. The result was the HyDrive Series. Hartke’s HyDrive Bass Cabinets have become the basis for the sound that world-class musicians like Victor Wooten, Nate Watts, David Ellefson, Frank Bello, Stu Hamm and many others rely on night after night. Today, the XL and HyDrive cabinets are only part of Hartke’s extensive line of bass gear, which also features the raw power of our LH and HA Series Bass Amplifiers, the classic paper tone of our AK and 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…


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