Markbass Amps

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by MasterBlaster, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. Can anyone give me their thoughts on this pricey amp?

    If there's already a thread about this, please link me and Mods - feel free to close this thread.

  2. B-string

    B-string Supporting Member

    Not worth the price new IMHO for the amp heads, usable but not high on my list. Their speaker cabs a big pass/move on for the varied genres I do. YMMV and IME.
  3. bigtone23


    Dec 10, 2014
    Denver, CO
    They are not everyone's cup of tea. If you like the tighter/cleaner side of things (more like SWR/Eden) they are great.
    I have a 2013 CMD121P. It is amazing for being 18" cubed. It's my favorite amp they make.
  4. Thanks for the link!

    Threads get closed after they reach 1000 posts?
  5. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    They used to, but not since April 2014. Welcome to Talkbass by the way!
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  6. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Markbass makes many amps. Is there a particular model you had in mind? I use an SD800 for my main amp. It offers the usual Markbass features: a clean, transparent tone that allows me to shape my signal how I please. Markbass cabinets are not flat, however, if that is your end goal. Their cabinets have a noticeable low-mid bump that cannot be ignored.
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  7. No particular model, as yet. I was just wondering if they were worth the high price.
  8. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    The LM3 is a real work horse of an amp. If you're looking for a small, light weight rig they are hard to beat. Pair it with a 2x10 and it will handle a lot of gig scenarios.
  9. I don't get the "high price" dimension.
    This is what Thomann has to offer in transistor bass tops 470 - 550 watts sorted by price and if you don't consider Behringer (Bugera) gear to be mid-priced, I would consider Markbass to be mid-priced, a bit more expensive than TC, a lot cheaper than TecAmp/Eich or Mesa:

    Thomann Transistor Bass Topteil
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  10. BlackCatBassman


    Aug 11, 2016
    Here's what I've gathered about MarkBass...

    Used to be the hot thing to have around the mid to late 2000s, reasonably priced, well-made, exotic (being made in Italy and all that), and looked cool with yellow trim everywhere. In recent years, they've gone up in price and production has shifted to Asian countries which came with a dip in quality...whether it's real or merely perceived is hard to say. Oh and everyone decided "EW YELLOW!" so now we're all supposed to think they're ugly.

    Another knock on MarkBass is that GC is their only distributor in the states, which has really fallen out of favor with musicians (think of it as the Walmart of music stores I guess) in recent years. Clueless and pushy staff, poor selection, beat up gear that still sells as "new" etc.

    All that said, I've liked every MarkBass head I've ever played through; they (to my ears) are quite transparent and faithfully reproduce the sound of whatever bass you plug in without much coloration of the sound. I also think they look quite cool, popular opinion be damned. Their cabs on the other hand, leave a lot to be desired.

    Are they worth the price? Eh we had a thread on that a couple of weeks ago and the consensus seems to be, "something is only worth what you're willing to pay for it" so you'll have to decide for yourself. I'll say there are equally good quality amps for cheaper than what MarkBass offers in MOST segments (0-350 watts, 350-500, 500-800, 800-1000 etc.) but if you really like the MarkBass, I don't think they're outrageously expensive if that's what tickles your pickle.
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  11. MF carries it.
  12. BlackCatBassman


    Aug 11, 2016
    Yeah, I think MusiciansFriend is owned by Guitar Center...or used to be?
  13. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    Correct. They also own Music123 which also has Markbass. So basically, the only places you can get them in the US are owned by GC since they are the sole US distributor.

    Here's another thread.

    Are Mark Bass amps worth their high price?
  14. SteveBassJr

    SteveBassJr It all sounds the same, It's all one song!

    Aug 11, 2009
    I love my MarkBass rig. image.jpg It sounds great, lots of thump. I have had the little mark 3 and it was great. I upgraded a few years ago to the little mark tube 800. Very light weight and road worthy. I have used it over a hundred times for many hours. No complaints.
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  15. john_g

    john_g Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    This. I have the Little Mark II that I got years ago and it sounds great and has been gigged hundreds of times.
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  16. Hounddog409


    Oct 27, 2015
    Alot cheaper than MESA?? What does Markbass offer in an 800 watt 2 ohm amp at under $700? Mesa D800 $699. I see a Markbass 800 watt amp on MF for $750.

    That looks like more expensive to me. I would rather have the MESA...even if it was $50 more....not less.
  17. Jones64

    Jones64 Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2015
    Boulder CO
    I had one of six months after my old Eden went out and it recorded well and gave the engineer a clean signal to work with, but it was dry and sterile to me. It did okay with older passive wooden basses, P and J's but not well with my modulus. I got rid of mine and went with a TC BH800, and really like it. It is still clear and clean, but has more personality, warmth, and the tone print is pretty cool. Good Luck in your search.
  18. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    Auditioned Markbass, GK, Fender, Ampeg and Aguilar.....Bought a Mesa 800....'Nuff said!...:thumbsup:
  19. In Germany the Mesa Subway D-800 is 999,-. The Markbass LMIII is about 560-580.
    The Markbass Ninja is: 799,-: 1000 watt 4 ohm, 500 watt 8 ohm.
    The Little Mark 800: 800 watt 4 ohm, 500 watt 8 ohm is 699,-.

    I like the Mesa, too. And the 2 ohm setting is really interesting, but at least here in Europe, you have to pay for it.
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