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Some love for the Markbass Micromark 801?

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by johnny_bolt, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. johnny_bolt


    Mar 28, 2017
    Las Vegas
    I didn't originally buy this for double bass; it was strictly going to be for bedroom bass guitar practice.

    But it turned out to be excellent for reinforcing the double bass sound. And after schlepping the bass itself to a venue, it's nice to only have this little piece. I'm not playing jazz recitals or rock concerts with this; more like wine and cheese events with one or two other musicians. Coupled with the fishman preamp, the Micromark can get me just about any tone I tend to use, from more jazz / "acoustic" to take-a-back-seat-and-provide-deep-bass kind of modern sound.

  2. 1bassplayinfool

    1bassplayinfool -Nowhere Man- Supporting Member

    What kind of mic/pickup system are you running?
  3. johnny_bolt


    Mar 28, 2017
    Las Vegas
    A K&K in this bass I'm renting and considering buying. I usually play a Fishman Full Circle, though. The Full Circle definitely benefitted from the Fishman preamp. I could hear the "impedance mismatch" problem when going directly into the bass amp. I haven't tested all the ins and outs with the K&K yet.

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  4. 1bassplayinfool

    1bassplayinfool -Nowhere Man- Supporting Member

    I had the K&K Golden Trinity set up with the mic years ago.
  5. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    I have a student who has a micro mark 801 and I remember being very impressed with it when she played it on a concert, then again when I picked it up afterwards. It's a neat little box that sounds really good for DB. It's priced a bit high at around $500, but I could see really enjoying carrying the thing to small gigs.
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  6. madbanjoman

    madbanjoman Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2011
    I run a fishman platinum pro into my markbass 801 as well. You can run it off an external battery from chargetech, the portable power outlet

    Amazon.com: ChargeTech - Portable AC Outlet Battery Pack 27000mAh up to 85W / 110V (TSA Approved for Airline Travel) - External Power Bank Charger for MacBooks, Laptops, Cameras, Camping, CPAP Machines [BLACK]: Cell Phones & Accessories

    I was able to get mine for $99 at Christmas time. This setup has become my main gigging outfit. I use it for both DB and EUB.
  7. basss

    basss Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2001
    I was able to compare the 801 to my Phil Jones Double Four at a drummerless gig in a noisy bar. Both needed to be turned up high to get the volume I needed there. The 801 might have had a bit more oomph but the D4 was a bit clearer. I didn't really care for the tone shaping on the 801. With the single knob it was usually either too twangy or too woofy. To be fair the D4 needs a preamp in front of it to sound it's best but I didn't get to try that with the 801. Overall I liked the sound of the D4 better but I'd like to try the 801 with my fishman pre in front of it.
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  8. kerrycares

    kerrycares Lover of God, People , Music and Bass Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    I had one liked it , too much money for the volume/value!
  9. Good amp placement goes a long way with these. I had one once pointed back at a window and it reflected the sound back amazingly. Small cafe gig but people thought I was going through the PA.
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  10. victornicholls


    Aug 15, 2005
    I tried mine out with a 40-piece wind band last night. It held up well, volume set at 1100. Impressed. And incredibly portable.
  11. Steve Boisen

    Steve Boisen Your first second choice™ Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Tampa Bay, FL
    I had one and returned it. I like Markbass gear, but I felt I needed more tone-shaping options than the single VPF filter.

    - Steve
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  12. HateyMcAmp

    HateyMcAmp Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Denver, Colorado
    I’ve always been curious about this thing. The lack of tone shaping always scared me away, but on the other hand I tend to enjoy the markbass set more or less flat for DB. When I was shopping I ended up going with the Phil Jones Bass Cub, which is still only 11 pounds but has two fully eq-able channels, plus some extra wattage.
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  13. To be fair there are only about 3 amps on the entire market where I would go in without a preamp.
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  14. krfoss

    krfoss Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    I have the 2x6 version of this little guy and its fantastic (for my needs). I use it as a practice amp and take it to some church gigs for rehearsal or a monitor as needed. Sounds pretty decent, even if running directly in, but I run it through a bassbone OD for some basic EQ fixing.
  15. ArteK

    ArteK Supporting Member

    I bought one maybe five years ago thinking it would be for very small coffeehouse gigs, and maybe just as a practice amp. However, I've found I do about half my gigs with it now. Just enough punch to make an upright heard, and I can run the piezo directly into the input jack (no preamp). I don't seem to have trouble with the impedance. Definitely the best sounding 12-pound amp I've ever played through. And it sounds killer on both upright and electric bass. No good with a drummer, but it's great for acoustic stuff. It wasn't cheap, but it's been one of the most used purchases I've ever made.
  16. If you allow me to revive the thread, I've uploaded a review of the amp. I'm loving it, it is as usable as I hoped to be.
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  17. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    I guess I'm just different, but I need a full set of EQ to get the sound I'm looking for out of my bass. That's why
    I went with a powered cabinet setup, so I can use a decent preamp on varying sizes of cabinets. Granted, It's
    way more expensive that the Mini Mark, which sounded nice when I played it in a GC several years ago.
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  18. I am a huge fan of this little combo amp. I have two setups that sound amazing to me.

    1) Upton Brescian Hybrid - DPA 4099b - Grace Felix - Micromark 801


    2) Squire VM Jazz Bass - Aguilar compressor pedal - Micromark 801

    The first setup just sounds flawless and I am able to get more than enough volume before feedback for any and all playing situations I find myself in with my upright. With the Felix parametric mid EQ set properly, I can get quite loud with just the mic (I don’t have a pickup on my bass).

    The second setup is a more mobile setup than my main electric bass rig which I take to smaller stuff like acoustic jams and just practice at home. I love how such a small speaker can fill a room while not sounding like everything is coming from a small box on the ground.

    I love this combo amp, especially the sound, volume, and punch I am able to get with my upright.
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2019
  19. Okay, so I know this is the double bass side, but I just tried something new tonight finally with the Micro Mark 801. My regular EB rig is an Aguilar Tonehammer 500 going into an Aguilar DB115. Well this evening, just for fun, I ran a speaker cable from the 801 to the DB115 as an extension cabinet and turned off the 801 speaker output...holy crap. It sounded incredible and the lone filter knob actually sounded amazing all the way up. This little combo is awesome in a whole new way.

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