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Official Markbass Club - the beat goes on, and on....

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Chef, Apr 27, 2012.


  1. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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  2. Bass Unique

    Bass Unique

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    In addition to my LM tube, I now have a "super booster" pedal which seems to do exactly what it is meant to. The controls simulate those on my MB amp and I get control with my foot faster than on the amp.

    So, I plan on using it with my amp as well as with the GK MB200 amp so I can control the sound on that as well. (Running both amps largely flat and controlling with the pedal instead).

    However, I also use a Zoom pedal which has various effects such as a compressor on board. I assume I should use this before the MB pedal or if I modify the tone and volume levels it would affect the level of compression.

    If I was using the XLR out to a PA, do you think I should use the output from the pedal or from the Amp (if pre eq)? I assume the pedal output would be a cleaner signal but is this the best thing to use for a PA or is the one in the amp better quality?

    Having said that, I usually only play small venues (less than 500 people max) and have not needed PA support for bass yet....
     
  3. scowboy

    scowboy Supporting Member

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  4. jbiscuti

    jbiscuti Supporting Member

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    Okay, I'll play. Here's my rig:

    [​IMG]

    The head is a LMK II that I have been rocking 1-2 times a week, four hours a night consistently since January 2008.

    I am not the gentlest with my gear - this poor head stays in the trunk of my car all year round! And in NYC, that means harsh winters and summers. In spite of the way I treat it, it has not given me once single ounce of trouble whatsoever until recently - one *slightly* scratchy pot. I love the sound and the flexibility. It's the most reliable piece of gear I've ever owned. It seems weird to be attached to an amp, but I really have become attached to it. I'm planning on buying a backup soon though, just in case.

    Anyway, I loved the head so much that in 2010 I bought two of their cabs, a 1x15 and a 2x10. These also come with me everywhere and have been a joy to play through, and of course, a joy to lift!

    I have been championing their stuff to anyone who will listen for four years now and have personally convinced three friends to start using their stuff - one being a keyboardist! They are all smitten with their MB gear and obviously I am too. :)

    I've dragged this stuff all over NYC and I'll be dragging it all up and down New Jersey this summer!

    P.S., the Texas Rangers thing is just a magnet, and just a joke - they never won the World Series! A friend managed to score some of their "World Series Champions" swag which is of course supposed to be destroyed when they don't win.
     
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  6. FenderAmpGas

    FenderAmpGas

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    Just received my Little Mark III Special Edition! Does this mean that I can get a number now?!


    [​IMG]
     
  7. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Supporting Member

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    Hey fender amp gas you are #419. First new number in the new thread!
     
  8. woodyonbass

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    First Markbass and a good one - SD800.
     

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  9. Melvin7822

    Melvin7822 Supporting Member

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    Does anyone know the jumpers (I've found the obvious one so far, but can't locate the other one) to change the effects loop to series? I really don't feel like paying to ship my amp to CA and have them hold onto it forever. PM me please.
     
  10. Zermelo

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    You should sell that thing and realize how better you sound without it!!
     
  11. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

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    Do you use the Mesa Mark IV for bass, or guitar?
     
  12. FenderAmpGas

    FenderAmpGas

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    The Mark IV is for guitar only!! My bass cab (GK Neo 112-II) hasn't come in yet. I'm a guitar player that is just venturing into the world of bass playing.

    I just put the LMIII on top of the amp for the picture.

    Question: What would be everyone's recommendation on an overdrive pedal that would work well with the LMIII?
     
  13. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

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    I figured, but I thought I'd ask anyway. I bet R1 would sound great with the amp driving a bass cabinet. Seeing your photo made me regret selling my Mark IV years ago. I loved R1 and the Lead channel but couldn't get R2 to do what I wanted. I should have kept it and just used a more Marshally amp for crunchy rhythm...

    More on topic, I've used a Tech21 VT Bass pedal for great Adam Clayton Vertigo type overdrive. In fact, I should take it along for rehearsal tonight and try it on My Generation...

    Less on topic...I also use my LittleMark III head as the final eq/power section of my guitar rack rig which employs a Tech21 PSA 1.1 as the preamp. Works very well!
     
  14. FenderAmpGas

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    Another question: I just received my GK Neo 112-III cab but it didn't come with a speakon cable. I'm assuming that I can use a 1/4 speaker cable from the 1/4 output of the LMIII to the 1/4 full-range input of the GK without issue. I'm not using the cab in bi-amp mode but should I buy a high quality speakon anyway?
     
  15. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Supporting Member

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    1/4 inch speaker cable will work fine, but I would strongly recommend getting a speakon cable. They are much safer in general.
     
  16. FenderAmpGas

    FenderAmpGas

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    Thanks Marley!

    Speakon added to list.
     
  17. Black Bart

    Black Bart Supporting Member

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    +1
     
  18. Craig_S

    Craig_S Banned

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    I found the LMII info:
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    Not sure if that will help at all.
     
  19. Melvin7822

    Melvin7822 Supporting Member

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    Thanks, but unfortunately it does not apply to the MoMark frames.
     
  20. FenderAmpGas

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    Another newbie question. So the Neo is a 4 conductor speakon so it can be run in bi-amp mode, but I should only get a 2 conductor speakon because the LMIII is only a 2-pole connector:

    1+=signal
    1-=gnd

    Is that right and what brand do people recommend? I probably only need a 3 to 4 foot cable.
     
  21. WoodyG3

    WoodyG3 Supporting Member

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    That is sweet! :D
     

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