- Amps [BG]
|beobass ||09-22-2013 07:48 PM |
MarkBass MarkTube Combo??
So I've been looking for an amp for a few months now. I've researched cabs and heads, etc... All to replace the cmd121 I sold last spring. To my surprise, upon visiting the local Guitar Center I stumbled on a TUBE cmd121. I cannot find any information on this amp whatsoever. Did MB actually ever make a tube version of the CMD121 line? If not I can only surmise someone dropped a MarkTube head into the combo cab. Either way I put money on it today after spending a little time playing my upright through it. Sounded pretty damn awesome... Though I'll need to fool around a little bit more to get 'the' sound... And I'll also have to sell my Genz Shuttle 6.0... But I digress... Ideas? Thoughts?
|B-string ||09-22-2013 07:51 PM |
IIRC they are putting the LM800 tube head in them (single dual section mini preamp tube). I could be wrong but I thought I read about that here.
|beobass ||09-22-2013 07:57 PM |
Really? I did take a pic and referred back this evening. It says 600w on the label and has a production date of 7/2012. Fit hatstand case it should be 800w right? I can tell you it was freaking loud and sounded great.
|B-string ||09-22-2013 08:09 PM |
I think there may have been a LM600 as well? I really don't want to be leading you down a dark alley without a flashlight here? MarkBass only gets a passing interest for me, but if I increase the post count for you at least the MarkBass players will come in and correct what I have wrong ;)
|Freddels ||09-22-2013 08:18 PM |
It's not listed on the Markbass website. I have a feeling someone replaced the amp in it with another.
|beobass ||09-22-2013 08:25 PM |
That's what I'm thinking too... But the 600w on the tag is intriguing as well. There's only two versions (according to the downloadable manual) MarkTube rated to 500w and the 800 rated at 750w (both at 4ohms). It doesn't say 800 on the badging for the amp. So this is a quagmire of an amp... I do have an email now into MB and I gave them the serial number. They should be able to shed some more light. I've never contacted their customer service though...
|Freddels ||09-22-2013 08:32 PM |
Ask the GC manager for the official Markbass brochure for it. Since GC is the exclusive dealer in the US, I'm pretty sure MB wouldn't want them selling something like this (unless it's marked used and fully disclosed as to what it is).
Take a pic of it and send it to Markbass and ask them about it.
|beobass ||09-22-2013 08:39 PM |
It's a used piece. I'm sure the manager will not know more than I do. I'm hoping some MB gurus can chime in here.
|beobass ||09-23-2013 06:18 AM |
The official word from MarkBass is they they have never produced a combo like this. In this case a previous owner swapped the heads out. And it appears to be a MarkTube not the 800. Either way it's a cool little rig.
|Freddels ||09-23-2013 07:34 AM |
It should work fine. The "tube" in the Markbass heads really doesn't do much.
|beobass ||09-23-2013 09:32 AM |
I played it for an hour in the store with my old German ply. I think the tube did give a warmer tone with the upright. I did fade between solid/tube and heard some difference. I well say it wasn't as warm as a mesa walkabout. But it's got that uncolored MB sound. And it seems to have more power. In a way, I got a free upgrade. The head alone is almost 7 bills new. That's what I'm paying for the whole combo out the door. I'm just curious now about it being rated at 600w. But I guess in the grand scheme it doesn't matter either way.
|beobass ||09-23-2013 11:05 AM |
In the back of the amp. The tag says 600w. Maybe I've got it wrong?
|B-string ||09-23-2013 11:14 AM |
That is the average power INPUT from the mains, Not the power output. Amps always use more than they put out.
|beobass ||09-23-2013 11:18 AM |
Now this is all making sense. Thanks!
|B-string ||09-23-2013 11:22 AM |
Usually amps will have the output power listed at the speaker outputs @ 4 ohms (or 2 ohms if compatible). Tube output amps will just list the output power at the speaker jacks without the impedance.
I would guess that head would be around 500 watts @ 4 ohms?
|beobass ||09-23-2013 05:27 PM |
Yeah. I think so. The owners manual online says that the Little Mark Tube is 500@4 / 300@8. The tube preamp may make it seem a bit louder. When I faded between the ss preamp and the tube preamp it seemed louder on the tube side.
|beobass ||09-23-2013 05:28 PM |
I think it's a cool find! I'm pretty stoked to get it out but I kinda need to unload the Genz Shuttle 6 first....
|Davecg2 ||09-24-2013 07:55 AM |
Not sure about the combo but congrats on your new rig! I LOVE my Markbass LMT800
|beobass ||09-24-2013 09:04 AM |
Thanks! Can't wait to get it home and dialed in. If anyone has experience with dialing in an upright tone in the eq I'm all ears!
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