New Markbass Vintage Pre

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Stranger Danger, Jan 20, 2020.


  1. Sub'ed.

    I preordered in the fall from MF with a coupon so it was $360 shipped. It finally shipped Tuesday and arrived Thursday with a shattered tube. MF didn't package it; the MFs just slapped a shipping label on the product box. :rollno:

    It was smaller than I expected but pretty fugly. I don't get hung up on aesthetics, but I notice. :D

    Can't wait to actually hear it someday.

    I have a Shift Line Olympic and an Arkham Oracle. Both sound amazing but a little subdued in the mids. Hence my willingness to give the MarkBass a try.

    I had the Ashdown pedal. It sounded good and I liked the EQ. It's not a tube preamp, though. The tube is only for the distortion circuit. I didn't love the distortion (I wouldn't call it bad--just not my flavor) so I moved the pedal on.
     
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  2. I don't see anything in the design that indicates it runs the tube high. So my guess is starved-plate. That shouldn't really be a problem for this though. It doesn't rely on the tube solely for distortion - It just brings it in on top of the distortion circuit. I have a couple of SP tube preamps - they can get pillowy without engaging specific distortion.

    Still waiting for mine to ship...
     
  3. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    I did put mine in the classifieds here if anybody wants one quickly for a little less money.
     
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  4. I compared mine against my SLO and for me, I much prefer the SLO. My Markbass will also be up for sale or maybe just going back to MF....

    Edit to add: I am not using the pedal into an amp / cab. IEM only.
     
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  5. HCF

    HCF Of course, YMMV

    Nov 30, 2008
    Amsterdam
    thanks for trying the pedal out. I was doubting between a SLO and the markbass, and I now have a SLO on the way. Seems like the correct choice :)
     
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  6. Jason Schulhz

    Jason Schulhz

    May 1, 2020
     
  7. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    It wasn’t that I didn’t like it. Gotta keep the big shootout going though and I can’t keep them all. Tube Preamp/DI Sound Samples — Noble, Oracle, P-15, Super Stack, REDDI, Tonecraft, Jule...

    It has a lot going for it with tube tone, flexible EQ, aux in, headphones out, two kinds of drive etc. I just can’t keep them all.
     
  8. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    Hmm, I don’t know. I prefer the EQ stack on the Markbass. It is far more versatile than the SLO. The boost switch is handy to. I also like the amount of available gain before crazy breakup too. That’s a challenging flaw in the SLO IMHO. Not to mention two different gain types.
     
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  9. HCF

    HCF Of course, YMMV

    Nov 30, 2008
    Amsterdam
    sssst. I don't wanna know that. Just agree with me :laugh:
     
  10. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    :)

    Sorry, I still think the SLO is a nice little box for the price. But it has its limitations for sure.
     
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  11. Having owned both, I tend to agree and disagree. The Markbass EQ is definitely more versatile and powerful than the SLO and the boost switch is one of the main reasons I wanted to give it a try but the overall sound of SLO won out for me. To my ears it has more clarity (richness), depth (3D'ness) and is a much more alive, vibrant sound. The Markbass was definitely a duller, more generic sound to me.
     
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  12. So I got mine about a week or so ago... Absolutely love it.
    My question is.... am i the only one that got it with a sticker on the tube right in front where you can see it through the window? Kinda ruins the visual effect since it's all lit up pretty but has that sticker on it. lol.

    Chris
     
  13. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    What does the sticker say?
     
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  14. I'll have to look at it again when I get home, but it's basically brand/model/etc info of the tube.
    I've never seen a tube with a sticker on it. Usually all that stuff is printed on the glass.
    (then again I have not exactly replaced many tubes.. just a few times..)
     
  15. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    Some of the Markbass Vintage Preamps have Ruby's installed which do have a sticker. Does it look something like this?

    RUBY TUBES-12AX7AC5-ACCLAIM-DI2.jpg
     
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  16. Yup... that's the one.
     
  17. I wonder if that's just a JJ in disguise. I thought MB was using JJ for the MVP, but maybe direct buying from JJ is slow right now?
     
  18. scubaduba

    scubaduba Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
    Michigan
    Mine had a Ruby.
     
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  19. I should have bought scubaduba's when it was in the classifieds.

    The fourth order I tried to place through MF went to the wrong shipping address (my fault of course, but I am still convinced that MF is cursed, as I haven't worked at that address in 13 years and at this point I'm quite familiar with MF's order process). I placed the first order last year.

    I called GC and asked if they would honor the MF price without the coupon and they said yes.

    Fifth time is the charm...
     
  20. So I'm curious... Has anyone in Canada received theirs yet?
    If so, where are you and when did you order?
     
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