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Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head  

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Overview
  • 1 1/4" input,
  • 1 XLR or 1/4" input
  • 500W RMS @ 8 ohms, 800W RMS @ 4 ohms
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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.

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
 

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
  • 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
 
4.7

(based on 13 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Good power output (6)
  • Portable (6)
  • Warm / comfy (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (6)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Less is More

    I purchased this bass head because of the added power you get with the 800watts, its compact size and its low weight. I play in a loud rock band, think Marshall 4/12s...Read complete review

    I purchased this bass head because of the added power you get with the 800watts, its compact size and its low weight. I play in a loud rock band, think Marshall 4/12s and big drums and this head is powerful enough to keep up no problem. I use two 15" Eminence Kappa Pro drivers in two Lopo cabs and can turn up about half way before I start to drown out the other guitars. I think 500watts would be enough for most situations but the 800watts really gives you head room. As far as tone goes this head sounds wonderful, clear with a lot of punch. Set your eq's at 12 o'clock and use the VLE and VPF to set your desired tone. After your satisfied with your tone, you have all those nice eq knobs to fine tune your sound. This is a solid state head, so don't let the little tube graphic on the face plate fool ya. However there is a "sweet spot" you can find with the second gain and solid/tube blend knob that can add a little sizzle to your sound. I gave it a 4.5 on features because you only have one speakon out. Other than that its packed with usable features like an effects loop, tuner out, post/pre line out, and a XLR input with phantom power. On the "quality" side its built solid and the inputs, outputs and buttons feel sturdy. I gave it a 4.5 on "value" because I think anything new is priced at least $100 more than it should be. However I was willing to pay for the extra wattage. One thing for sure, as far as size and weight go it cant be beat. I'm able carry it in a small padded bag over my shoulder and I never have that dreaded feeling of seeing a giant flight of stairs. Overall the Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 was an excellent choice for me. It has plenty of power while not weighing much and has tons of tone with nice input/output features. Most people will go with one of the one of there lower wattage models, and that in its self is an excellent choice. But, if you need some head room and don't mind paying for it........ here ya go.

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    Tube?

    This is not a tube bass head. It is a solid state bass head with a tube in one part of the preamp. A tube preamp actually involves tubes in the EQ and the...Read complete review

    This is not a tube bass head. It is a solid state bass head with a tube in one part of the preamp. A tube preamp actually involves tubes in the EQ and the power amp driver. Eg Mesa Boogie and Ampeg tube/SS hybrids. This should at least be listed under solidstate heads not tube heads. That all said it does sound good through the full size markbass cabs. The pint size NYC cabs are compromised in volume and tone.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect for Gigging, Worth the Price!

    By Alex Maz

    from Myrtle Beach, SC

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head:

      I bought this amp and 2 Mark Bass cabs; the Traveller 1x15 and Traveller 2x10. I like this amp head a lot. Indeed, it is not an full on tube bass amp, but the tube it does have inside of it makes a difference. The power and tone, ease in transport, and versatility of the head and cabs is fantastic. I can run either cab or both together, and it has an XLR out with an output level control! That is a great feature and sound guys love it.

      I bought rack ears for this (from MF) and in my opinion they were slightly overpriced just for 2 bent pieces of steel with holes in them, BUT the amp now sits protected in a rack I have with an EQ and power strip. I used to have it in a bag and I'd have to hook everything up for each gig and it was getting scratched from transport. Now it's safe and I just plug and play.

      I play an (active) Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 5 string bass. I agree that the mute push/pull is not great on the amp but I just turn the volume pot all the way down on my bass between sets. I use a basic, digital chromatic tuner plugged from the tuner out of the amp and it works fine.

      When I first got the amp, before using a rack-mount EQ, I had a Hartke pre-amp pedal because I felt like the amp was a little dull sounding. That pedal broke from gigging so now I use an EQ which basically does the same thing. I haven't experimented with the tube/S.S. blend so I just keep it in the middle. I barely have the Variable Preshape Filter or Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator engaged; I have both knobs halfway around the 1st hash mark and it makes it sound slightly "old school" which I like. I prefer the low rumble of a 5 string but for other players that prefer a more melodic sound I can see those tone shapers being beneficial. I found a tone I like but there are many options and this amp is great for any style, especially slapping.

      I have heard nothing but praise for Mark Bass and after 2 summers gigging with it I am extremely happy with the way this amp has never once had a problem. It has been put the test in hot, humid, salt-air environments for long periods of time. Once the speakers in the cabs got broken in the tone got even more fantastic. Plus, if that tube in the amp goes bad you are still left with a great-sounding solid state...yet another feature!

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      5.0

      I like it, Great head

      By Reno-EjNAT

      from Orlando Florida

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head:

        I prefer Markbass over Ampeg, GK, and Genz Benz. I found ampeg and GK and GB, had a hiss or white noise problem. This Markbass head and my Lakland 4401 and my Furman power conditioner almost zero noise. I think the Mark bass tube800 is a true 800 watts. I had a carvin bx500 and a Genz shuttlemax 9.2 both seemed under powered compared to this head. On the Genz I had to push the filter buttons to get the full sound I needed. With the Markbass its right there no fuss. I loved my Markbass LM3, I sold it and got the LM tube800 which is even better.

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        5.0

        Super very nice amp head

        By Injoo

        from Los Angeles, CA

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head:

        clear tone, and nice middle. your bass just upgrade.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        a excellent portable head!"

        By Juan Manuel Ayala

        from Guadalajara, México

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head:

          I have used this amp only at live situations...I would like to try it at studio...anyway it is worth every penny you invested on it

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Perfect match for my bass rig specs!!!!

          By Crazy J. W.

          from Kinston, NC

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head:

            I own the SWR GOLIGHT 410 cabinet,
            and this head was a perfect fit
            for this combination....
            in both being light like the cabinet
            and powerful enough for the cabinet!!!!!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great amp, great value!!!

            By Shack

            from Navarre, FL

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head:

              This little amp packs a powerful punch. The tone is great and offers a large variety of voicing. I play very large venues and have a lot of room left on the master volume. The one complaint I do have is that the mute switch is in the Push/pull master volume. I have a tendency to change my volume setting accidentally when using the mute. This will not be a concern if you use a tuner that acts as a mute when activated. This compliant is of little consequence when compared to the vast benefits this amp offers. I own Ampeg and Genz-Benz amps and this is my new favorite.

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              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Mark Bass Little Mark Tube Amp Rocks

              By Stoney

              from Silver Spring, MD

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              Comments about Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head:

              If you have th $$$, buy it! You and your back will not regret it! This amp is light weight and packs a punch like you wouldn't believe. The tone (no matter what you want) is pretty incredible. AND, it is REALLY EASY to get those tones. The setup is simple and intuitive. Lots and lots of power. I like the fact that Mark Bass finally got around to putting a mute switch on an amp! I also like the choice of "speaker-out" jacks. There is one 1/4" and one "Speak-on" combo jack.
              This amp pretty much does anything you ask it to do. I pair it up with either the RJ151 or the RJ151 and another MarkBass15 for larger gigs. I play everything from old school Motown to punky-clunky-funky stuff, country and straight ahead Rock. The LMT800 can produce any tone I want be it dirty, clean, thumpy or crunchy.......and volume....yep, there's plenty of that! The tube setting is nice and smooth, very old school if you play with the "loudspeaker" knob. The solid state setting is very hi-fi, and again, can vary quite a bit when you tweek the settings.
              I'll have to give this a 10 for quality but only based on my other Mark Bass equipment. I've not had a problem with any Mark Bass produce I've purchased. I did by the bag for this but prefer to put it in a padded carrying case that I had lying around. If I wasn't carrying a ton of other stuff around to the gigs, I'd just use the carrying case, but you can never be too careful with these light-weight amps.
              By comparison to a lot of amps on the market, I think you get a really good bang for your buck on this. Sure, there are less expensive amps, but, personally, I feel that there's just an extra bit of quality to the Mark Bass amps when it comes to sound.

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              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome head

              By Bassmanchris

              from Toronto, ON Canada

              Comments about Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head:

              Started actively gigging with it in a folk band with my upright (the xlr input came in handy) sounded amazing with the 102p. Was able to fit me, the drum kit, amp and cab into my civic for the gigs which meant more of the money stayed in our pockets. After moving on from that project I hit the studio right after with my metal band. The producer was skeptical (since he had a couple of nice vintage amps and an awesome cab) but we ended up using this on the record and it sounds by far the best that way. I have since been using it with a funk fusion band and for various other rock gigs and it fits well in each situation. Personally I think the Markbass stuff blows everything else out of the water. Also keep in mind I'm saying this and I have to pay over the MRSP price to get this stuff up here (in Canada since whoever the dristributer will not let MF ship MB products up).
              Not Really a tube or even a tube pre but there is a tube in it.
              Should cost less but I'd pay the price for it again.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Huge little baby

              By Dio-bass

              from Puerto Rico

              Comments about Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head:

              It sound like nothing I ever try before. A lot of power just to shut up your guitarist and drummer. The only complaint is the the tube is not that much different than the solid state.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              perfect for EVERYONE

              By edensmark

              from burleson, tx

              Comments about Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 Bass Amp Head:

              This is the perfect performance head it has the power to be pumped through a large club and the xlr out for smaller stages, the tube and solid state mixing knob is the coolest thing i've ever seen you can have the warmth of the tube or the shear power of a solid state and the perfect mix of both, it is the best sounding head i've ever encountered and used.

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