Genz benz shuttle 9.0 should I? or not?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by gobearbass, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. gobearbass

    gobearbass Guest

    Apr 1, 2012
    I've been in the process of getting a new rig. I'm between this head and the markbass little mark tube 800 or the one without the tube. I found an incredible deal on the shuttle and it's really messing with me. All of the heads have the hifi clarity i like, and I've seen crazy good reviews on the shutte i'm just hesitant. I want opinions and advice. Go.
  2. I personally preferred the sound of the GB Shuttle (6.0) over any Markbass heads that I tried, so that is what I got. For you, it all depends upon what your ears like.

    Deals are always good though. :)
  3. waleross

    waleross Guest

    Nov 27, 2009
    South Florida
    Based on what I really own which is the MarkLittletube800 and one of the other Genz Benz heads ( GBE1200); both would do the job. I did;not get the genz9.0 but the one I have (though bigger)is dependable and sounds great. The Little Mark 800 is capable of pushing my Ampeg810 which was the first test. Genz products do have great customer service which counts a lot, I actually got an email reply with-in 24 hrs from the owner of the company(amazing!). So far I have not had any issues with my LittleMark but with an extended warranty through MF, I will be ok...Its your decision, good luck and have fun.....:)
  4. JxBass


    Aug 5, 2008
    Markbass makes great stuff and the LMII was my #1 for quite some time (I also owned the LMT800 briefly). I eventually moved to a Shuttle 9.0 as I felt it had a slight edge in clarity; I would occasionally redo my A/B test of the two (kept the LMII as backup) and stuck with the Shuttle 9.0. And as mentioned, Genz-Benz has customer service that ranks with the best in the business.

    For what it's worth, I jumped on the Streamliner 900 bandwagon for awhile but wound up going back to the Shuttle 9.0.
  5. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    I have the 9.0 as my backup head, and really like it. It can do the warm thing, and the modern thing pretty good, with an edge to the modern. The LMIITube, has had kind of mixed reviews: some say the tube makes no difference, some do. I owned the LMll for awhile - very warm sounding, kinda old school vibe. My fave MB head was the F1 out of all the ones I tried. Chunky, more in your face kind of tone, great for finger funk if that's your thing. I imagine there must be some great deals on the 9.0.
  6. slapagroov


    Apr 24, 2007
    Fort Myers, FL
    If you found a great deal on a 9.0, I'd jump on it. Genz is a great company with a great track record, but I hear mostly good about the Markbass stuff too. So, I'd let my wallet decide if I was unsure! :)
  7. DiabolicLow B

    DiabolicLow B Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Ontario, Canada
    Most of the Markbass stuff I have tried has been very good but not enough for me to buy it.

    The Genz stuff on the other hand is fantastic, I recently sold my Shuttle 6 and picked up a Shuttle 9.0. Plenty of power, very hi-fi with great clarity but also warmth if needed and an excellent DI. So many reasons to like Genz Benz!
  8. GB vote from me. Shuttle 9.0(& 6.0) can do a nice bit of tube grind if u dial that in also.
  9. LightGroove

    LightGroove Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2006
    Happy Bottom, VA
    GB Vote here as well... both would be fine ...found the less is more much more appealing with the shuttle series...I will say I found the shuttle a touch aggressive when flat but fixable with eq. Still love to show folks that something 4lbs and pack 600 watts or more :bassist:
  10. popgadget

    popgadget Commercial User

    Sep 4, 2005
    Eastern, PA USA
    Authorized Greenboy Designs Builder, Scabbey Road
    I am very happy with my GB heads (Shuttle 9.0 and Streamliner 900). If you want a powerful, clean, compact amp, the Shuttle would be hard to beat. But that's my opinion, yours might be different.
  11. gobearbass

    gobearbass Guest

    Apr 1, 2012
    I went a tried these heads again. I eliminated the markbass. I loved the genz but it seemed to lack low end. Does anyone have that problem? Maybe it's just because it was at a low volume but I tried an Aguilar tone hammer and the thump was crazy. It just wasnt as clear as the genz. I'm probably going with the genz if i hear the low end just comes with volume.
  12. Joe Louvar

    Joe Louvar Guest

    Jun 6, 2011
    Santa Rosa, CA USA
    I don’t ‘think’ so - but, turn it up and find out. I think this is one of those situations where you’re the one who is going to have to decide which amp you prefer best.
  13. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Yes, but that is what the knobs and switches are for. Boost the bass a hair, cut or boost mid-band of your choice, roll off the treble to taste, and punch the contour buttons to your heart's content. :cool:

    In other words, go find the tone you want—that head can do plenty of low end. I have a Shuttle 6.0, which has even less innate booty, and find I can coax plenty of bottom out of it. :bassist:
  14. Swampman Cory

    Swampman Cory

    Nov 9, 2009
    Los Angeles / ex-Michigan
    Endorsing Artist: Reunion Blues, 64 Audio, Mesa Engineering, Ernie Ball.
    I love my Shuttle 9.0. I can't comment on any of the Markbass heads, but since you like hi-fi sound, and found a great deal, go for it!
  15. I have both a 9.0 and Markbass F1.
    Both are great amps but i find myself running the F1 more - with my TC Electronic RS210 cabs.
    The F1 sits perfectly for me with very little EQ, BUT let your ears decide, you cant go wrong with either.
  16. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    You should. It's one of my two favorite micro heads. The GK MB800 is the other.
  17. gillento


    Oct 15, 2005
    Luxembourg, Europe
    Nordstrand pickups
    I have the opposite preference than most of the posters:
    I have owned the GB Shuttle 6.0 and the ShuttleMax 9.2, the MArkbass SA450, F1, Momark TA500 and now I have kept the TA503 by Markbass...... but one of my all time faves is the Streamliner 600 by GB.

  18. Sav'nBass


    Jan 18, 2009
    Virginia Beach
    No lack of bottom on any GB head I have owned.. 6.0,9.0 & 900.
  19. Definitely no lack of ass end from my Shuttle 6.0-I use the bass boost, mid-cut & boost mids at 8 o'clock on the mid freq dial.
    Heard that this bass boost button, bypasses the slight low end cut?? True? I dunno, but it works, well.
    Frankly there's so much eq available on the tiny Shuttles, & with the tube gain as well as reg gain-so much on offer-amazing amps, with great features & even better D.I.
  20. I own a Shuttle 9.0 and the Little Mark Tube 800, I'll be honest the markbass is a tad bit sterile and not really too versatile for me as I play a variety of styles. the shuttle 9.0 is one loud little monster and sounds great at low and high volumes. also, if you're looking for a sweet deal, Hello Music occasionally sells the genz benz shuttle 9.0 for $495 on their 48 hour deals.