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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 wat... Read More

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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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Controls
  • Gain 1: -60 dB to +23 dB range; Gain 2: -60 dB to +23 dB range
  • Equalization
  • 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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By Gerald

from New Smyrna Beach, FL

It makes no difference what it says about an amplifier on paper. How does it perform? This is what counts. I have been playing big, bulky amps for year, however, with the new technology of my Markbass, this has become my go to amp! The punch, power, presence and sound shaping capabilities of this little amp is belied by it's diminutive size. This amp is the real deal, better than amps costing thousands more. I also bought the carry bag and it is not possible to say how much easier life has become. I am tired of carting heavy gear around. Audition a Markbass amp! I could not be happier with mine! Remember, if there's no bottom, there's no nothing!

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Amazing power in a little box...

By Elwyn

from Las Vegasn NV.

Just Bought this amp, This thing ROCKS! Comparable to my SVT tube head but I can lift it with one hand! Amazing tone, Plenty of power, controls are simple to use, quickly dialed it in. If you are sick of lifting those heavy amps around... buy it!, this thing is a little can of whoopazz!

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Almost perfect

By Dale Spires

from Columbia SouthCarolina

I have had this amp for about one month and have gigged with it 10 times now. I have used it on 2 1x2 with a 6" cabinets, Ive used it with a 15 with an 8" cabinet and I have used it with my 15" 12' 8" tweeter cabinet and for the most part it tuned fairly well to each cabinet and the situation I was in. I primarily use a sterling sh5 so I am looking for warmth clarity power punch and sustain. It hits the mark 99 % of the time. Power is fast and solid. Love the tube feel and sound up front. Tone controls are very responsive. the 2 things that are missing for me is on the tone I cant quite get the balance between warm clean bottom and a touch of clean high for what I call the 180 degree mix. The second thing is no nutrix connection??? I primarily play country music modern and classic and it just barely misses that sound Im looking for. I am going to try a few externals to see if I can find it with this amp. I have Edens, Ampegs, Genz Benz, Fenders, SWR and Epifoni to compare with. I love all of these amps. The edens probably has the best tone but lacks everything else that this amp has to offer. I am a purist and I don't use any pedals or effects if I don't have to. I am old school and been doing this for 41 years so maybe Im a bit fuddy duddy. This amp is very nice and small with great power and versatile tone 4 stars for me

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The new standard in amp portability


from Richmond, VA

I was using a friend's Gallien Krueger MB500 for a while as I was determining which head and cabinet I would buy for myself. Although I ended up with the MarkBass Little MarkTube 800, I thought the MB500 was an amazing amp. This one should also be on everyone's short list. I've played bass for 40 years and have played thousands of jobs in all musical styles. I've owned the Acoustic 370, I played many jobs thru the classic SVT, I've rolled my own preamp and power amps (usually Crown). All of these sounded great. I've used some of the relatively new Ampeg stuff - including the early 2000-era heavy solid state heads. All have their pluses - but the minuses are always weight and heat. Another minus on the SVT was the cost of tubes. But the MarkBass seems to be the best compromise across the tone spectrum with light weight and portability. I've only played one job with the MarkBass - and that was thru a Mesa Boogie 1x15" cabinet with the heavy-duty EV 15" speaker. I've never heard that speaker sound better - but it lacked a little definition I had with the MB500 and it's corresponding lightweight GK 2x12 plus horn cabinet. I play a Jazz bass with active pickups, and between the active tone controls on the bass and the tone options on the MarkBass, I think I have my "bases" (pun intended) covered. I can tell a difference in the tube and solid state preamps - and with the MarkBass 800 you can blend them. There is no setting that is "best". I actually think live, the attack from the solid state side may be better, but I'd bet recording would sound better on the tube side. There is also a variable output send to the mixing board. You can kill the sound on stage so you can make sure that some distracted sound guy didn't "forget" to put you thru the main mix. MarkBass - like GK - provides you with a gig bag to carry the head. The MarkBass Little Gig Bag is hands down better. My next purchase will be to get the lightweight Aguilar SL-112 to replace the Boogie cabinet.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


A little more "grit" with added head room.

By Roger Gumbs

from Baltimore, Md

I picked this up after selling my Little Mark III because I wanted a little more grit and power for gigs when I only bring my 4x10 (104HR). There isn't a tremendous amount of difference between the tube and solid state setting, aside from a subtle increase of gain/better low mid presence. I really am happy with it, and have been using Markbass products exclusively the past 5+ years (not an endorsed artist). I still have the LM II combo head in my cmd 102P, and to my ears the Tube800 retains that "Markbass" tone, with just a hint more grittiness. If you're looking for an overdriven distortion- look elswhere- this isn't an overdrive pedal, and it's not the intended purpose of the SS/Tube knob.

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the only gripe.

By Bert Castro

from bronx new york

needs bettter grip on mute knob.too slippery,otherwise amp is great!!!!!!

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Why is ampeg still a business?

By Andrea Louer

from Buffalo NY

I've been playing bass around 10 years, and the word on the street was the ampeg svt classic was the best head in existence. I recently got one and was not impressed. the tone only sounded good if you were playing at loud volumes which i really only got the chance to at shows. worry about getting that all tube monster banged around and having to carry it everywhere really sucked. I turned to markbass, and I can't help but wonder why there aren't more people using these amps. I never play with my fingers or slap, I play with a pick only. I am in an Indie/Alternative band from Buffalo and I'm pretty sure I am the only one in the area playing these amps. They're perfect for all styles. I can get the punch and growl out of this with my precision bass (usually by having the mix knob at noon, the vle all the way off, the vpf all the way on, and a boost in my mids). It's everything I always wanted. I haven't played a show with it yet, but I'm sure it will be a beauty.

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Just Played out with it


from Windsor Locks CT

I returned the Little Mark 3 since it did not have enough power for a live settings. This amp is amazing. I am running it into a 2x10 and also a 1 x 15 Markbass cab. I did a 2 hour set and the Bass tone was very punchy and warm. Near the end of the set though I did notice a smell from the speakers. Possible burn off or something burning! Last time this happend it was the tweeter. This show I turned the tweeters down a bit. Thats what the pro coverage is for I guess. May people came up after the show to say it sounded great. If you gig a lot I would pass on the Little Mark 3 and get this head! 800 Watts is just enough. I love the XLR power out to my Sans Amp on the floor. No power adapter needed! Nice and clean.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Nice Lightweight Amp!

By Robert Chorz

from Lake Forest

I bought the Markbass Tube 800 Amp to replace my Ampeg SVT. I have it paired with a Aguilar 410 cabinet. It's not quite as loud as the Ampeg but it does keep up with the guitars and the rest of the band. I have not dialed in a sound yet so I have kept all the EQ's at noon. So far I have kept the VLE and VPF filters at 9:00 but I still need to find my sound. I keep the tube/solid state knob at noon. I have the gain around 11:00 and the master at 11:00. The overdrive is not as nice as an Ampeg so I do not reccomend the gain past noon. The amp is very light and easy to transport. I keep it in a laptop bag which beats dragging around the Ampeg head.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


the best of the best

By tom

from san diego CA

Im the upright bass player in my school's jazz band as well as the electric bass player for the drumline. untill the school got one of these (along with the markbass 4x10) i was using an eden nemesis head and an acoustic 4x10. i thought that rig sounded pretty good, and i didnt notice a huge difference when i plugged into the markbass for the first time. i noticed the big difference when i played the old rig after i had played the markbass for some time. i noticed that the old rig lacked the punch, clarity, and quietness of the markbass. thanks to this product (as well as the 4x10) my eyes have been opened so i now see the beauty of excellent bass tone. it sounds awesome through the upright as well as my electric bass. this is probably because it has so many tonal possibilities. what with the ability to blend solid state and tube preamps, i can get just about any sound i want out of this amp. the age of ampeg is over. the age of markbass has begun!

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