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Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head  

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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.

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
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

    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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MarkbassLittle Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head
 
4.5

(based on 26 reviews)

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50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Excellent sound (4)
  • Portable (4)
  • Warm / comfy (4)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Performances (5)
  • Professional recording (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Little Mark Tube 800

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...Read complete review

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.

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disappointment

Bought this to jam in my sound room. Just me and my bass.While playing one night, the amp just stopped working. No output. Amp fires up,input will show clipping with gain...Read complete review

Bought this to jam in my sound room. Just me and my bass.While playing one night, the amp just stopped working. No output. Amp fires up,input will show clipping with gain adjustment, but NO SOUND!Swapped cords,cabs,guitars to no avail.Amp never left my house, was never abused and only drove an 8 ohm load.Of course it's out of warranty.Currently using it as a pre-amp connected to a separate power amp via xlr in back.. Kinda defeats the purpose of lightweight and portable.Lost faith in MB and will not repair the unit. Rather spend that money and purchase a more "tech friendly "brand.

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(36 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Little Mark Tube 800

By Evan Mellichampe

from Denver, CO

Comments about Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head:

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.

(22 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Head is HUGE and blows away an Ampeg 8-10

By BK3

from Las Vegas

Comments about Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head:

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

(20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great amp!

By hd

from reisterstown, md

Comments about Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head:

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!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This amp kicks ampegs a--

By Stan Pittman

from Beech Island, Sc

Comments about Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head:

I've played ampeg svt classic with 8-10 ampeg cabinet but this Markbass 800 tube with the 4-10 HLF Markbass cabinet at 51 pounds versus 250 pound ampeg kicks butt. This is the loudest and best tone wise amp combination I've ever tried and it's a keeper.

(5 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

shipped without a box

By cant trust guitarcenter

from Miami, Fl

Comments about Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head:

Bought this amp "new" and received it without a box and instruction manual. looks pretty banged up to me. Called costumer service and they placed me on hold for 10 mins and still no justice. #bassampsmatter. Markbass great amp!! guitarcenter sucks!!!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW is all I can say!

By Doug

from Champlin, MN

Comments about Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head:

This is the most versatile bass Amp I have ever used and I have used just about everything you can name. It is easy and intuitive to get a wide, wide, wide array of tone out of this little amp. It has more power for your dollar than anything on the market. I paired it up with a Markbass NY604 and the 15 in cab with a tweeter. I get absolute tonal control over the entire spectrum from shuddering lows to clean highs. I can play any style of music and can play at any volume with unreal tone. I use 4-5 string active pickup basses, but have played a passive bass through this set up as well with great results. This will bring out a musical quality to your playing that will blow you away.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Light weight and power

By Mark L. Dara

from Huntington Bay NY

Comments about Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head:

Due to the fact that my gig schedule has increased, I could no longer move my state of the art 200lb amp. A friend recommended the Mark Bass line as an alternative. I purchased the Little Mark Tube 800, a 15" cabinet and a 2- 10" traveler cabinet. Although I cut the weight in half, I did not have to sacrifice the sound. This is the best amp I have ever played through. It has all of the power and punch I will ever need. I play in an 8pc band with a 3pc horn section. I haven't found anything that this amp cannot do and I have not turned the volume up more than 1/3. It's light weight and powerful. What more could I ask for.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice Lightweight Amp!

By Robert Chorz

from Lake Forest

Comments about Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head:

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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Power!

By Gerald

from New Smyrna Beach, FL

Comments about Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head:

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!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dialed In

By Tubefish BoneApart

from Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head:

    I am using this head as the core my rig now. It is ridiculous how well this head performs. Smooth abundant power. Easily adaptable to and sonic environment. All of the controls are simple for sculpting your sound on the fly.
    I am a working mausician. The music I am involved in requires a broad palette of tones and colors and the Little Mark Tube 800 adapts to every required twist and turn. I will not be looking any further to meet my playing needs. Weighs about the same as a toaster.
    Only bad thing: doesn't make toast.

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