Ampeg has deeper pockets and higher sales than Markbass and can afford to build more and make less on each one, and Ampeg makes them in China and not Italy like Markbass, although both use mostly Chinese parts. Plus Markbass used very lightweight and expensive neodymium magnets in their speakers while Ampeg uses ceramic. Now whether you will prefer one over the other is a different story. Markbass has plenty of fans and with good reason. I was into Markbass for a year or so, but while I like the LMIII that's in your combo, I ended up liking the PF heads better. Better EQ points for my tastes, ability to get good sounding dirt + good clean sounds whereas the LMIII only does clean. I also never developed a taste for Markbass cabs, which sound very upper middy to me and are very hard to dial out, whereas Ampeg cabs have a sound I like much more.
But Markbass fans will tell you that's exactly why they like their cabs and heads, so in the end, you still have to make up your own mind.
Ampeg Portaflex Club #1
Last edited by JimmyM : 08-28-2013 at 08:34 PM.