Mesa Boogie D800+ vs Markbass F500

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Efe Deveci, Aug 19, 2018.

  1. mesa boogie d800+

    74 vote(s)
  2. markbass f500

    3 vote(s)
  1. Efe Deveci

    Efe Deveci

    Jun 7, 2018
    I don't have any chance to try them, here in Turkey. I'm going to order one of them from USA in a few weeks.
    If you tried them or listened their sound, which one would you prefer?
    Can you tell me about their sounds? Thanks...
  2. Low Class

    Low Class

    Jul 4, 2005
    Wasn't the F500 discontinued many years ago?
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  3. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    I’ve owned both. The markbass was a very good amp but the mesa is on another level. No brainer mesa.
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  4. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    Mesa for the win. There really is no comparison here.
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  5. arbiterusa


    Sep 24, 2015
    You don't have a choice. For starters, the F500 has been discontinued for a decade. And it won't work on your nation's voltage.

    The Mesa is in production and will work on 220/50, so I guess that's what you're buying.

    If they still made the F500 I'd buy one. The sound is spectacular, like nothing else Markbass has ever done. But they don't.
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  6. Efe Deveci

    Efe Deveci

    Jun 7, 2018
    So if i buy a d800 from usa, do i not have to worry about hertz or volt? Or do i need to use something like adaptor?
  7. Haroldo

    Haroldo Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2005
    North Shore, MA
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  8. voided3


    Nov 11, 2008
    It'll work on your local power, but it will come with an IEC power cable for North American outlets if you buy one from the US. You'll want to pick up a power cable (or steal one from a desktop computer/monitor) that is compatible with your outlets.
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  9. Efe Deveci

    Efe Deveci

    Jun 7, 2018
  10. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    @agedhorse designed the Mesa D800, he can verify.
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  11. Efe Deveci

    Efe Deveci

    Jun 7, 2018
    Wow, this forum is a gold mine :woot:
  12. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa Boogie, Development Engineer-Genzler (pedals), Product Support-Genz Benz
    Just an informational note... any product bought in the US market must be returned to the US for warranty service. Products purchased through local market distribution are eligible for warranty service within that market.

    I say this so there's no confusion or ill will in the unlikely event that there is an issue with the product.
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  13. ELG60

    ELG60 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    I'll just add to the chorus...Mesa D800+ for the win.
    I have more than a few amplifiers and I find myself plugging in to the Mesa more than any others.

    Andy (@agedhorse) really did an outstanding job in designing this unit. The HPF feature gives an additional level of control over room acoustics, cabinet differences, and mix issues, and the controls are relatively intuitive.

    I find that I'm able to get that warm "round" tone that is typically only attainable with tube amps.

    I admit to not being a Markbass fanboy, but I expect that you can cop just about any tone you wish, with a D800+, the right bass, and the right fingers.

    Best of luck,
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  14. Efe Deveci

    Efe Deveci

    Jun 7, 2018
    There is but it's like 1500$ Plus %20 taxes lol
  15. ahc


    Jul 31, 2009
    No. Virginia
    You may be able to find a used example of either amp in the EU if you are patient and search for them. You'll save some money that way and if you get a Mesa you'll avoid any (unlikely) warranty problems if it comes from the EU. I've got an F500 and its been a good reliable amp. The Mesa, being a much newer design, it probably a better amp. And being designed by Andy (agedhorse) it's got to be good. I've also got a Genz Benz Streamliner that he designed and its great and reliable.
  16. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    California Republic
    F500 was a really good amp in it's time, and for what it did - clean, hi-fi sound, lots of punch. 800+ is a whole other ball game - superior EQ capability with dual variable midrange and variable HPF control - and the benefit of 10 more years of experience in design and implementation of Class D power modules.
  17. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
  18. Yikes! Just check that ordering from the US won't be the same scenario once you take shipping, exchange rate and customs into account.

    Are you absolutely set on either of these amps? What is available locally?
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  19. Haroldo

    Haroldo Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2005
    North Shore, MA
    Two excellent questions.
  20. Efe Deveci

    Efe Deveci

    Jun 7, 2018
    there are D-800(not plus) available on locals(1150$), and lots of second hand F-500s(about 400 bucks).