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Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head
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Go solid state or tube with ample power.

The Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 bass amp head solves the "tube or solid state" dilemma. But it goes a step further by addressing that other perennial concern, "Will I have enough power?" The 800 watts from this powerful bass amp will satisfy any thirst for power, and the two bendable preamps give you the warmth and richness of a tube preamp, the clean attack of a solid state preamp, or a mix of both. The Markbass head features a mix control for mixing between solid state and tube. The result offers a range of sounds, from the crisp sound in the solid state, to a full, heavy tube sound in the tube state, as well as anything in between. On the front panel there are two inputs with separate gain controls: one 1/4" jack, and one combo jack that accepts either an XLR or 1/4". The Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator (VLE) and Variable Preshape Filter (VPF) allow access to a wide array of timbres, from classic tones to modern hi-fi sound. The Little Mark Tube 800's phantom power switch accompanies the XLR input, for using a microphone on a double bass. Mute control is as simple as a push and a pull on the master volume switch. Additional features include four bands of equalization, line out control, and pre-post EQ switch for the XLR out (on the rear panel). Markbass Little Mark amps and combos are manufactured to be sold and used in the country of purchase, and they are factory preset to that country's voltage. Due to homologation issues, the voltage may not be changed. Rack ears not included. The head features a single 6205 miniature tube.

Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head Features:

  • 1 1/4" input,
    1 XLR or 1/4" input
    500W RMS @ 8 ohms, 800W RMS @ 4 ohms
    Gain controls for each input
    Master Volume
    Line Out Level
    Ground Lift switch (rear)
    Pre/Post EQ switch (rear)
    Mute Knob
    Low, Mid, High EQ
    Variable Preshape Filter
    Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator
    Balanced XLR line out

Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head Specifications:

  • Input 1
    Impedance: 500 kOhm,
    Maximum Voltage: 15V

    Input 2 (Balanced XLR/1/4" combo)
    Impedance: 500 kOhm
    Maximum Voltage: 15Vpp
    Phantom power: 48V

    Effect Return
    Impedance: 33 kOhm,
    Maximum Voltage: 10Vpp

    Gain 1: -60 dB to +23 dB range; Gain 2: -60 dB to +23 dB range

    Low center frequency: 40 Hz; level: ±16 dB;
    Low Mid center frequency: 360 Hz, level: ±16 dB; High Mid center frequency: 800 Hz, level: ±16 dB;
    High center frequency: 10 kHz, level: ±16 dB; VPF (Variable Pre-shape Filter) center frequency: 380 Hz (cut); VLE (Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator) frequency range: 250 Hz-20 kHz (cut)

    Weight: 6.31lb.
    Dimensions: 2.8"H x 10.87"W x 10.1"D

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  • Little Mark Tube 800

    As reviewed by Evan Mellichampe on 7/26/2010

    I have had the same pair of Acme Sound B1 cabinets for nine years. I like them for their portability, flat response and three-way design. Over the years I have struggled to find a bass head to pair them with that matches their functionality. I started with an Eden WT-400, then a Euphonic Audio iAmp 500, an Ashdown Labs Superfly, an Acoustic Image Clarus 2R Series III and a Mesa Walkabout before settling on the Little Mark Tube 800. I needed something compact, which all of these were, except that the iAmp 500 didn't sit atop the B1's well. I needed something with warmth, which the Superfly and the Clarus both lacked and I needed something with headroom, which the Mesa had, but with a lot of added noise. I've found that most Class D switching amps really don't live up to their output ratings. Giving up the weight generally means that clipping will occur long before a Class D amp is ever at full output. For example, the Clarus actually showed artifacts on its waveform at about 87 watts. The Little Mark 800 is everything I've been waiting for. It's true power from a well designed and lightweight Class D power section that lives up to its promise of 800W @ 4 ohms. The VLE and VPF filters help to give it the vintage tone I liked from the Mesa but without the weight and loud cooling fan. I can easily revert back to a more solid state sound as well by adjusting the Solid S/Tube knob. This amp is very portable, but still has enough girth to let you know that there are some solid components inside that are going to work for you night after night. The push/pull mute switch on the master volume knob is another great innovation except that it gets a little difficult to pull at times if your fingers are sweaty. I double on upright and electric and having the ability to provide +48V phantom power to an additional channel as well as having independent gain settings is, quite frankly, AWESOME. It also works when doubling on active and passive basses that have vastly different output levels. The price on this amp is also staggering. MarkBass is killing the competition here in the boutique Class D market and their components are obviously far more superior. The MarkBass power section is actually comparable to Class H power, which is usually reserved for very high end audiophile equipment.

    34 of 34 people found this review helpful.
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  • This Head is HUGE and blows away an Ampeg 8-10

    As reviewed by BK3 on 5/20/2010

    I have had the Lil Mark 800 Hybrid now for 6 months, and I have friend with the big Ampeg amps, and they want my MarkBass....I let em play through once in a while, but the tone and power this amp puts out is second to none...I have giged with it in larger and smaller venues, and it has perfect capability for both, I am running a 115HR and a 410HR through it, and never have I needed to play above about 3 1/2 or 4 gain/volume settings, the Hybrid mix you can get between the solid state and the Tube is huge, and the VLF and VLP sound controls allow you to make changes on the fly, that make your sound anything you want quickly and easily....I do not believe that I will ever have to change my rig unless I just want something different, and in that case, I just make the adjustments and it all good

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful.
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  • A great amp!

    As reviewed by hd on 3/23/2010

    This is a really great little amp. A lot of players have said they hear little difference between the SS and tube sounds, but in the mix, there is a huge difference - the tube sounds open and deep, just like a tube amp. The size and weight are fabulous - I carry mine in a backpack. Tone control freqs are right where they should be. And the VLE is a must-have for cabs with a tweeter (it'll tone the tweeter down with a turn of a knob. This amp has XLR input with phantom power - useful for floor effects that can use it. The downsides: Having the line out control on the front panel just like another control is not useful - it gets bumped and that affects FOH sound. A recessed screwdriver-set control would be more useful (set and forget). Also, the knob for the mute switch is slippery - hard to get ahold of to activate. Otherwise, this is a killer amp!

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful.
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