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Markbass Mini CMD 121P 1x12 Bass Combo Amp   

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Big-time, fat output from a bass combo weighing less than 30 lb!

The Markbass Mini CMD 121P is a bass combo amplifier that gives you fat sound with electric or acoustic basses. That makes the Mini CMD 121P amp perfect for rehearsal studios or small club applications. The Markbass Mini CMD 121P comes with a built-in Little Mark II bass head in the top rear area. Bassists will appreciate the Markbass-designed Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator and Variable Pre-shape Filter which help give this Mini CMD a warm natural sound. The Little Mark II also has a Neutrik Speakon combo jack output that accepts both Speakon or 1/4" speaker cable as well as a second 1/4" speaker out jack so you can hook up to another 8 ohm cab for a 500W rig. You'll also find a balanced XLR out, unbalanced tuner out so you can tune as you play without passing your signal through pedals. A Send and Return Effect loop protects you from losing your signal if one of your pedals dies or a cable in the chain gives out.

FEATURES
  • Solid state preamp
  • 12" B&C speaker
  • Piezo tweeter
  • Rear bass reflex
  • Made of high-grade, multi-ply poplar
  • Glued, screwed, and sealed internally with special compounds for maximum sound quality
  • Lightweight for easy transport
  • Handle on top for transporting
  • Protected corners
  • Grill screen to protect speaker
  • Little Mark II
  • Provides 500W at 4 ohm or 300W at 8 ohm
  • Gain and Master volume controls
  • Clip warning light
  • EQ includes controls for Low, Mid Frequency Low, High Frequency Low, and High
  • VLE (Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator) and VPF (Variable Pre-shape Filter) filters
  • Neutrik Speakon Combo out jacks for use with 1/4" or Speakon speaker cables
  • Balanced XLR out
  • Ground lift switch to eliminate hum
  • Tuner out sends unbalanced signal sent to a tuner, amp or recording equipment not needing a balanced signal
  • Send and Return Effect ensures main signal continues even if something dies in your effects chain
SPECIFICATIONS

Mini CMD 121P 1x12 Bass Combo Amp

  • Impedance: 8 ohms
    Speaker power handling: 400W RMS (AES Standard)
    Frequency Response: 45Hz to 18kHz
    Crossover Frequency: 3.5kHz
    Sensitivity: 99dB SPL
    Weight: 29.3 lbs.
    Dimensions: 15.3"(W) x 17"(H) x 14.1"(D)
    Voltage is factory preset for the U.S.
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MarkbassMini CMD 121P 1x12 Bass Combo Amp
 
4.3

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (21)
  • Excellent sound (18)
  • Good power output (16)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Warm / comfy (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (13)
  • Home studio (12)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very, Very good

All my other bass amps are huge and I needed something for practice and jamming. This is a great amp and great tone. The 12 is a good speaker with alot of XMAS but...Read complete review

All my other bass amps are huge and I needed something for practice and jamming. This is a great amp and great tone. The 12 is a good speaker with alot of XMAS but if you use lots of bass you can overpower it. I have an extension cab which is a necessity to have if you want to play at higher volumes. The worst thing is the cabinet is covered with rat hair (that nasty black carpet stuff). I have a dog and the mark bass is a magnet for dog fur. It is really bad and the dog fur gets embedded in the carpet. I have to put duct tape on it to get it off. This is a pleasure to carry at only 29 lbs! I can now get together with other musicians and jam or take up very little stage area. This is one of the newer MarkBass amps and was made in Indonesia It seems to have the same quality as one built in Italy. I also own a 2007 Little Mark II head and the new one seems just as good. I have a Greenboy fEARful cab with a 15 and it just blows the house down when it is connected to that cab and the MarkBass delivering 500 watts RMS. The CMD 121P is a great practice amp or small club amp, but you definitely need another cab to blow the roof in.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great sound... until it shuts itself off

After years of my back enduring lugging around a GK head in a rack and a 4x10 cab, this little amp was a nice upgrade. Great, flexible tone palette; LOUD; and around...Read complete review

After years of my back enduring lugging around a GK head in a rack and a 4x10 cab, this little amp was a nice upgrade. Great, flexible tone palette; LOUD; and around 30lbs. The only issue I've had with it is that twice it's turned into a doorstop - crank it just a little bit and it shuts itself down. The first time was two weeks after I received it, I was playing an outdoor gig in July and it conked out after 45 minutes. I chalked it up to the heat and me driving it hard (although the gain/vol controls were nowhere near max). After a day of me letting it cool down, it started back up and worked fine. Second time was at during band practice at my house. Not driving it any harder than I had before (gain/vol at 12:00 position), and it just cut out and shut off. That was 3 days ago, and it's still not turning on.
After reading online about Markbass's (and other class D amplifiers') "sensitivity" to various elements such as electrical power condition and input driving, as well as Markbass's sketchy reputation in terms of service response (am I really going to have to wait several months to get my amp fixed?!?!), this may be the last Markbass product I buy. It's a shame, too, because my ears (and back!) really liked this little combo.

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(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

No

By Tony

from Delray Beach Florida

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Markbass Mini CMD 121P 1x12 Bass Combo Amp:

      To play for friends etc

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Does NOT have a B&C speaker

      By Dezz

      from Hartford Suburb, CT

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Markbass Mini CMD 121P 1x12 Bass Combo Amp:

          Markbass no longer uses high quality B&C speakers and is using a much lower grade speaker. Musicians Friend advertises this amp having B&C speakers. I bought a non Italian made CMD 121 P and it never sounded right and the speaker farted out and distorts and not real high volume. I was very upset to hear it had a Markbass "Yellow Line" speaker in the amp I purchased from Musicians Friend. I tried it next to an older Italian CMD 121 P and it made my new amp sound like junk.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great sounding compact combo

          By Coop

          from Northeast FL

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • No mute switch

          Best Uses

          • Events with PA support and no backline
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Space-challenged venues

          Comments about Markbass Mini CMD 121P 1x12 Bass Combo Amp:

          I originally got this combo just as a practice amp, but when I started playing really tiny clubs, this this was a lifesaver. It has also been a real champ when I have had to use it instead of my regular "big rig" at festivals that had difficult to get to stages and short turn-around times. This combo can be loud when needed, and has a great, full tone. Also, unlike my TC Electronic bass combo, the amp has a speakon out so you can add an additional cabinet to get the full 4 ohm power out of the amp.

          With all that said, I do have one major complaint with the amp: no mute switch. There is a tuner out, but a mute would be awfully handy. I have to turn the output gain down on breaks, when switching basses, and when tuning, and remember where it was set when I'm ready to play again. Not usually a big problem, but real bummer is when I'm sending a signal to an audio mixer or recording system. Without a mute switch, unless I turn the input gain down there will be a "pop" when I unplug one bass and a "pop" when I plug in the other bass. I solve the problem with a tuner, but a mute switch would mean less stuff to plug in and fewer opportunities for the bad cable gremlins.

          If you are in the market for a great sounding, portable combo, this one is really hard to beat. Tone-wise, it's the best 12" combo I've played through. The sound is fantastic and it's crazy portable-what's not to love?

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice little studio/small venue amp

          By Dr. D.

          from Eugene, OR

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable

          Cons

          • tweeter can crackle for certain inputs

          Best Uses

          • also good for gigs in small venues
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Markbass Mini CMD 121P 1x12 Bass Combo Amp:

          I use this for practicing at home and will use for small venue gigs. The 4-band eq and the variable preshape filter stand out, I particularly like the sound of the latter. So far I haven't found much use for the vintage loudspeaker emulator, just sounds like a low-pass to me. The unit is small and light, so easily portable. I play both electric and string bass, and this combo can handle the latter as long as bass is tapered a bit at the pickup-preamp (and dialing in a bit of VPF makes for a reasonable string bass sound).

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Combo

          By Low Class

          from Jacksonville, FL

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Markbass Mini CMD 121P 1x12 Bass Combo Amp:

            In my 40+ years of playing I've been through a LOT of gear. The CMD121p is the most common sense purchase a bass player can make. Very portable, great tone, and puts out a lot of sound. Add the NY121 extension cab and this rig will cover the bulk of any bass player's gigs. Highly recommend!!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome product with an Awesome price.

            By Mel

            from Hyattsville, MD

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Markbass Mini CMD 121P 1x12 Bass Combo Amp:

              This is a great product. This price has never been matched and will never be matched by any other company.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Incredible Performance in Such A Small Package

              By JohnnyBravo

              from Indianapolis

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Markbass Mini CMD 121P 1x12 Bass Combo Amp:

                I play in a blues/rock trio and used this for practice a few days after it arrived. Dialed in a great tone within a few songs and never pushed the amp over 30%. I also purchased the New York 121 for gigs, but I probably didn't need it. I did use it because the mini stack looked cool and was easy to make adjustments because of the added height, but again, I barely had this thing turned up.

                Plenty of stage volume and I used the DI out to the PA. Soundman said it was cleaner than the output from my GK MB500 head. After one gig, I'm really impressed.

                Can't recommend this combo enough for it's power, tone, and portability. Tear down was a snap and I walked out the door with a cab in each hand!

                Time will tell how reliable it is, but there is a two year mfg warranty, so give this a try!

                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                112p

                By Johnbass

                from foothills, sc

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Markbass Mini CMD 121P 1x12 Bass Combo Amp:

                  I wanted a light compact combo with ability to expand if needed. I have a Mark 3 which I love but wanted everything in a small cab for dragging around and practice. This thing answered all my needs perfect. Very good sounding. I connect my GK MB210 combo to the tuner out its balls to the wall. Nice that you can use this tuner out jack to connect another amp or the extra line out to another cab. I have hooked it to a Aguilar 12" and with the 500w can handle most average size gigs easy. Tone wise its clear and punchy tight, for such a small cab it can move a lot of air. I don't regret this and can only say it is a powerhouse for its dinky size. If you want power to spare in a small rig that sounds big.. getit.

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Very, Very good

                  By Dezz

                  from Naples, FL

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                  • 12 can't handle the bass

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Markbass Mini CMD 121P 1x12 Bass Combo Amp:

                  All my other bass amps are huge and I needed something for practice and jamming. This is a great amp and great tone. The 12 is a good speaker with alot of XMAS but if you use lots of bass you can overpower it. I have an extension cab which is a necessity to have if you want to play at higher volumes. The worst thing is the cabinet is covered with rat hair (that nasty black carpet stuff). I have a dog and the mark bass is a magnet for dog fur. It is really bad and the dog fur gets embedded in the carpet. I have to put duct tape on it to get it off. This is a pleasure to carry at only 29 lbs! I can now get together with other musicians and jam or take up very little stage area. This is one of the newer MarkBass amps and was made in Indonesia It seems to have the same quality as one built in Italy. I also own a 2007 Little Mark II head and the new one seems just as good. I have a Greenboy fEARful cab with a 15 and it just blows the house down when it is connected to that cab and the MarkBass delivering 500 watts RMS. The CMD 121P is a great practice amp or small club amp, but you definitely need another cab to blow the roof in.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Performed beyond all expectations

                  By Rawni

                  from South San Francisco, CA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Markbass Mini CMD 121P 1x12 Bass Combo Amp:

                    As a female musician I take great pride in my ability to load and unload my own gear. This amp gives me the portability without sacrificing a big fat, warm bass sound.

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