Right now, there is an excellent price on the Little Mark II at Guitar Center. Since (a) I was on the lookout for a new amp head, (b) read so many good reviews on the amp here on TB, and (c) had some money injected into my bank account for payday, I figured it would be natural and basically prudent to pick one up without demoing it in the store. So I did exactly that: paid the $499, and walked home with a sealed box from Italy. I connected the LMII into my Markbass 210 traveler, and then plugged up my only bass (a MIA Jazz Bass Standard with ash body and Nordstrand pickups). My initial thoughts were positive: * This amp is beautifully constructed -- definitely more than seems warranted for its reasonable price tag. * This amp is loud -- certainly more volume than my previous GB Shuttle 3.0. * This amp has its own sound -- a dark timbre which I think would still carry over a stage in an appealing way. * This amp is simple to use -- of course, it lacks a mute switch, but I, like KJung, use a Sonic Research tuner between my amp and my bass, so this wasn't much of a worry. * The sustain was incredible. However, after using it for about 10 minutes, I began to have a mild panic attack. I simply could not dial in a tone that I liked, and then some of the characteristics of the amp started to annoy me (perhaps on account of not finding a desirable tone). A few observations: ** The amp did not sound good to my ears with the EQ knobs at noon -- not in the way that my teacher's Aguilar AG 500SC set flat sounds beautiful and rich through my same cabinet. The AG has this complex, rich sonorous quality that really seemed missing on the LM set flat. ** I could not find a useful sound unless the VPF and VLE were adjusted. I know those knobs are there to use, but I felt like I was relying on something of a gimmicky feature to hear what I wanted, which is undesirable to me. It felt kind of like using the 'Sound Enhance' feature on iTunes. ** It certainly felt less 'hi-fi' than my Shuttle. Articulated staccato passages sounded slower and sloppier. But maybe this just indicates how use to my Shuttle I had become, and not that this amp isn't for me. The truth is that I am not planning to return this. I am happy with the price I paid for it, and, moreover, suspect that this anxiety is probably more related to my buyer's remorse than an accurate psychological response to the amplifier. But I need some help! I feel crazy to be posting on TB that I wasn't blown away by this amplifier!