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This groundbreaking "modern vintage" head brings the sound quality of all-tube heads into a super practical and ultrareliable package.

The Markbass Randy Jackson Signature TTE 500 500W Tube Bass Amp Head is best described as “Modern Vintage,” which may seem to be an oxymoron, but it sums up the unique new TTE 500 well. Current technology is brought together with classic tone concepts in a head that looks and sounds vintage—but features some special adaptations of the innovations that put the Markbass on the map. The classic sound comes from an old-style tube preamp, a tube compressor, a simple 3-band passive EQ section, a “Color” filter (a tube adaptation of the famous Markbass VLE control), and an innovative Tube Technology Emulator power amp.

The question is: modern or vintage...? Randy Jackson says "Yes. Both. Finally an amp for every sound!"

Markbass Randy Jackson Signature TTE 500 500W Tube Bass Amp Head Features:

  • Combines vintage sounds with modern reliability
    All tube preamp and compressor with TTE power section
    3-band EQ plus "Color" filter


Markbass Randy Jackson Signature TTE 500 500W Tube Bass Amp Head Specifications:

  • Preamp: Tube
    Tube: 3x ECC83 + 1x ECC81 (compressor)
    Power Amp: Analog (TTE: “Tube Technology Emulator”)
    Power Supply: Special Markbass Digital Power Supply
    Power: 500W @ 4 ohms / 300W @ 8ohms
    EQ (passive)
    - BASS
    - MIDDLE
    - HIGH
    Controls: compressor - colour (tube-driven VLE)
    Outputs: Speakers (2 speakon combo) - Line Out (XLR)
    Weight: 6 kg / 13.23 lbs
    Notes: The minimum ohm load for all Markbass heads is 4 ohms.


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  • truly disappointed

    As reviewed by Hugo Galante on 12/14/2012

    I loved this amp when I first got it. But, within 5 months, it developed a problem, with the power dropping off by about 50% while playing. I called the warranty department and they had me ship my amp to a service location. I finally got my amp back after almost three weeks. They said that since the amp was so new, they had to contact the manufacturer in Italy to try and narrow down the problem. I finally got the amp back after having to borrow one for a gig I had. Now, six weeks later, the problem has come back. I don't know if I just got a lemon or if there is a design flaw. So, now I have to go back to the warranty department again and go through the same time period once again, waiting for the amp to be repaired. This is not what I spent $$ for. I love the sound of the amp, but I cannot afford to have it be unreliable and fail during a gig or recording session. I'm waiting to see what the warranty people tell me this time.

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  • Little Amp, Fat Sound

    As reviewed by Brian Strubel on 3/2/2012

    In looking for a new amp there were 3 main things I was interested in - 1) something less than $1k. 2) A nice "rounded" sound, having articulate highs and mids, with a good bottom backbone. 3) Tube warmth without having to haul around 80-100 lbs of amp head. This little guy does the trick. The EQ is subtle and the same can be said with the tube driven effects (Compressor and Colour). It's got plenty of power, even constrained with one 8 Ohm cab. IMO most Markbass amps come off a little sterile, but this one provides a more rounded musical feel. I can see why they deceided to pair it with a 1-15, but 15's are just a little slow in response and dont have the articulation for ghost notes and octives that 10's or 12's do. I use it with a G&L L2000 through both 6x10 and 4x10 cabs, depending on stage needs. The mids cut through nicely without having low end decay. With everything set to noon it sounds a bit like other Markbass SS or Hybrid amps, but when you roll up the Bass and High EQ this thing comes to life. Great amp for Classic Rock, Jazz, Blues and maybe even a little hard rock. Decent Tuby growl if you up the pre-gain. Is it just like an SVT-CL or Ashdown Clystrone? Not quite- but it's damn close. I got it even closer by introducing a 12AX7 Boost pedal for more warmth. Takes pedal effects well without loosing too much fervor in the signal. Best of all it's affordable and light. Great job on this one.

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  • Randy Jackson TTE

    As reviewed by anthony winston on 2/21/2012

    I started off with the little Mark tube 800; the guitar center gave me a floor model to use while waiting on a new one. Then I saw the Randy Jackson signature amp I tried it out and switched amps. Both amps are great, I didn't need all the power of the little mark 800. This amp sounds great I love it. I switched from Acoustic B200H to Mark bass, soon I will upgrade my acoustic speakers to Mark bass also.

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