Markbass Amps - Please Enlighten Me

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Markbass Amps - Please Enlighten Me

Postby Ben Esparza » Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:08 am

I've seen a few Markbass amps here and there and saw Marcus Miller last night at the Hollywood Bowl as the closing act for the Playboy Jazz Festival Day 1. His show kicked ASS! Anyway, I noticed the yellow cones, the ease of controls, and, most importantly, the higher price of these amps and cabs. Can anyone tell me about them and why these amps command a higher price than some of their like-designed competitors?
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Re: Markbass Amps - Please Enlighten Me

Postby nolabass » Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:33 pm

Not a fan, just not my sound honestly. Seems to please a lot of players here though. YMMV
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Re: Markbass Amps - Please Enlighten Me

Postby GonzoBass » Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:54 pm

Played through a MarkBass combo just the other night.

It was supplied in a backline
and I was able to dial in a nice tone pretty easily.

I'll always be a GK fanboy
but when it's a multiband bill,
there isn't always a lot of time to tweak to get a tone between bands
and this amp seemed a lot more user friendly to me
than when I've had try to find a tone quickly with say, a supplied Hartke head.

The MarkBass sounded good right from go
and I only shaped it a bit
as opposed to starting from "sounds like shit"
and trying to BUILD a tone.

Just my experience.
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Re: Markbass Amps - Please Enlighten Me

Postby Mr. Mom » Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:06 am

I had two LMII's soon after they came out. Good news is I thought they sounded great. Bad news is the first one had a scratchy/intermittent Master Volume pot when it got to about 1:00. Went back under warranty and got a new one to replace it. THAT one died on a gig a few months later. Good news is Markbass was easy to deal with and I got my money back, no problems.

No more Markbass for me. Get a Mesa D800 or a Genzler MG800. They kick a@@.

Cabwise the MB stuff sounds too nasally/congested for me. YMMV, etc etc.
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Re: Markbass Amps - Please Enlighten Me

Postby MickeyOne » Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:18 pm

I've been using them for about 5 years.
First I had a minimark for rehearsals then a LM II with a 2x10 traveler and then the LM Tube one
with the same type of cabinet. Then I tried the NY cab with 4 or 5 little speakers and
I traded that setup for a 12" combo which has worked best.

Very convenient. Does not have it's own voice, so you hear your instrument without coloring.
I like to plug and play with minimal adjustments in a set, and preferably on board.
I leave the eq flat and only use the shaping knobs. One is more lows and old school and the other
is more modern and high end. I barely move these keeping both between 10 and 2 and just adjust treble on board as needed.

Minimark failed once and I was able to swap it out at a GC for a floor model while still under warranty.
2 x 10 fell off a dolly after a late night and still worked until I dropped it again the next morning after church gig.
Not a lot of convenient service locations here in Tucson. I think it would have to be shipped to PHX.
Needless to say, I'm very careful with it now. No dollys.

I also have a Streamliner 900 I use when I need better sound or more power for outdoor gigs.
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Re: Markbass Amps - Please Enlighten Me

Postby hmagman » Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:47 am

Mr. Mom wrote:I had two LMII's soon after they came out. Good news is I thought they sounded great. Bad news is the first one had a scratchy/intermittent Master Volume pot when it got to about 1:00. Went back under warranty and got a new one to replace it. THAT one died on a gig a few months later. Good news is Markbass was easy to deal with and I got my money back, no problems.

No more Markbass for me. Get a Mesa D800 or a Genzler MG800. They kick a@@.

Cabwise the MB stuff sounds too nasally/congested for me. YMMV, etc etc.

Agree... with the Markbass info. Also, the Boogie Mesa D-800 or a GK Fusion are my choices. [smilie=music-smiley-005.gif]
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