Originally Posted by bassmman
Is Markbass Little Mark 250 louder than Genz Benz Shuttle 3.0? I play in a rock band with two guitars, drums and keyboard and I need something loud, but small.
Thank in advance for any input or comments.
I assume you are looking for something 'loud and small but inexpensive', since there are many small amps that are massively more powerful than those two.
A lot is going to depend on the cabinet you use. IF you get a reasonably large, reasonably efficient 4ohm cab, these heads would provide enough volume (assuming you need some real bass response) for a moderate volume gig in a small venue.
If you are limiting yourself to those two heads, while both great, since you will be pushing them most likely to their full output at most times, the Genz has a more gentle limiting circuit that will result in that head sounding a bit more open when really pushed.
If you are primarily dollar limited, among the really small, relatively low powered heads, the Aguilar TH350 seems to have the most ooomph per dollar and watt. Pretty impressive. The GK MB200 is really small and cheap, and relatively loud given its wattage, but it really is not at the level of quality as the other heads you are considering IMO.
Given you are in a two guitar rock deal, I'd save my pennies for a nother month or two, and get one of the higher powered micro's that would give you more headroom and a bit more volume. They aren't that much bigger and are just a bit more expensive (although I realize 'just a bit' can be 'more than I can afford' for some). The GKMB500 for modern and bright and aggressive, the Aguilar TH500 for fat and growly, the Markbass Big Bang for even and warm and clean, the Genz Shuttle 6.2 for warm and a bit bright up top, etc.
I guess if 'small and loud' is your primary goal, and you don't want to break the bank, the GK MB800 is probably the king for 'volume per watt and dollar'.
That all being said, if you are limited to the lower line, lower powered amps, IMO, the TH350 with a good 4ohm 410 or 212 will cover a lot more ground than its wattage rating would suggest.