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Markbass Mini CMD 121P 1x12 Bass Combo Amp  

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Overview
  • Solid state preamp
  • 12" B&C speaker
  • Piezo tweeter
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  • MSRP:
    $1,459.99
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    $79999

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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

Big sound in a small package. What more could you want? Order today!

 

Mini CMD 121P 1x12 Bass Combo Amp Specifications:

  • 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
 
4.4

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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    (2)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (10)
  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Good power output (7)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Warm / comfy (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (6)
    • Performances (5)
    • Professional recording (4)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Pricey? Yes. Worth every penny? Absolutely.

    Overall, I feel very confident in this purchase. Having played through many amps through the years, I've gotten to the point where hauling around a rig heavy enough to produce lots of sound...Read complete review

    Overall, I feel very confident in this purchase. Having played through many amps through the years, I've gotten to the point where hauling around a rig heavy enough to produce lots of sound just doesn't make sense anymore. The quality of the amplifier, combined with the extreme portability of the combo unit made this an easy, if not expensive, choice.

    Given my limited experience with the amp, I'd venture that any situation outside of a small-to-medium sized venue would require the use of an extention cab. Alternately, the line-out (controllable by the Gain dial) makes it easy to run through the PA, using the cube as a nice, loud monitor.
    All ofthe features you would expect from a giggable rig built into a small, portable, and VERY lightweight unit. 300w@ 8ohm/500w@ 4ohm Mark Combo II Head built into a near-cube cabinet. The amp is installed vertically, making access to the EQ a snap (not so much for the power supply and line out, which requires tipping the cabinet to access).
    I have to qualify my rating by saying that I've owned this amp for less than a week. That being said, Quality was just as much of my buying motivation as ease of transportation. I played through every 300watt+ combo that I could before deciding on the Mini CMD 121p. It was really the only amp I could find that offered a wide range of tone (super-vintage to modern) without "coloring" the sound of the instrument. Each of my basses has a different "voice" when played through this unit, as opposed the SWR rig that I've been using.

    The construction quality seems to be solid, but I went ahead and purchased the 3-year "Ruin it and get a free new one" warranty from GC.

    The look is pretty dramatic with the yellow speaker cone and markbass logo. Band members laughed when I brought it to rehersal, especially the drummer. That changed almost as soon as I plugged in. Deep, clear and articulate, they were all suprised, and commented about how much more clear and transparent the sound was.

    I'm not crazy about the carpeting on the cabinet, tolex would be nice. After the warranties area dead and gone, I'll probably replace the carpeting with tolex.
    The price tag is not for the weak of heart. I don't groan about spending money on gear, though. I find that as a bassist, I play better when I sound better. The sound creates the value for me in this amp. I've found that I'm practicing more, and the unforgiving nature of the clarity has really tightened up my skills a bit. Even better, my electric upright sounds fantastic through this amp, getting me very dangerously close to the full, woody sound you'd expect from an Acoustic Upright. I almost bought a seperate amp for the Electric Upright due to my frustration of the way the SWR was coloring the sound. I'm glad I didn't!

    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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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Voltage regulator sometimes needed

    By Islandracer

    from Nassau Bahamas

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Light weight
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Sensitive To Voltage Chg

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

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

    This Markbass combo is a great sounding amp that punches through. However, if you play in some off-the-beaten path bars like I sometimes do the voltage consistency may not be so good and the Markbass tends to go into 'protect mode' and shuts off then on becoming unplayable. My solution was a 2400w voltage regulator (AVR) by Tripplite. This cured the problem. The Markbass is rated at 600w of power usage so I guess a 1200w would have been more than enough. Anyway, lightweight, great sounding amp but best to buy something to protect it.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Great sound... until it shuts itself off

    By Austin Dave Austin

    from Warrington, PA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Driven

    Best Uses

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

      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.

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Sounds great and doesn't break my back

      By Ken

      from TN

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Amazingly Light
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Has A Bit Of A Hiss
      • Kind Of A Tacky Look

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Taking To Practice

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

      A bit pricey, but great super portable. Very easy to take to go jam with friends, or hide neatly in the corner of a room when out of use. Can get pretty loud -- shakes my house.

      I took a star off for two reasons. The first one failed to provide output after only a dozen or so uses. Was in the first month, so was able to swap out for a new one, but the paranoia convinced me that I needed to get the warranty plan. The second reason is that seems to be a bit of a high pitched hiss at times. The filters and EQ can be used to eliminate the sound, so not a huge deal.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Bigtime Boom from this little Baby....

      By Mike the bassman

      from Cincinnati, OH

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Live Shows
        • Professional Recording

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

        I love this little guy!! Just picked up the 12" combo this week and not only is it lightweight with a small footprint, this thing is extremely LOUD!
        Excellent tone even with flat EQ settings and just getting started with the vintage speaker and scoop knobs- dozens of sound options. Like others have said, it's mind-blowing to think (and hear) that such a strong, warm sound, can come out of such a small package. Definately worth selling off several pieces of my extra gear to pay for this pro sounding and pro built bass amp! Cheers to Marco and his team- you guys are in a class all your own!!

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        5.0

        BEST AMP I'VE EVER OWNED!!!

        By ShlomoBass

        from Brooklyn, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          This amp is just booming!!! Gets out great tone, great low-end and is so easy to carry around. Never had such a cosy music product before!

          Comment on this review

          (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Not the right Tone.

          By Pete

          from Kansas

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Portable

          Cons

          • Limited Functions
          • Poor Sound Quality
          • Weak

          Best Uses

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

            I purchased this amp wanting a lightweight powerful yet easily portable amp. Primary use was for jazz combo and jazz big band. I tried it in the store and was impressed with the full sound (maybe due to the small room). I ordered it, played it a little at home and was disappointed. The sound was hollow and narrow, and I was unable to find the right EQ settings. I was seeking a whiney woody sound. I play a fretless 5 string Ibanez, with a High C (no low B). I took it to rehearsal and the director (a professional musician) asked me what was up. I told him new amp, but to give me some time. I used it for two rehearsals, but it failed to cut through the big band, unless you wanted a big fat hollow sound. I returned it and returned to my GK 15in cab, and backline 600 amp, which are just more cumbersome and little weak, when we crank up the volume. I am happy to pay whatever for the right combo, but this was not it. I am a fan of hartke, the metal speakers, but its all heavy. I'll keep looking. The Markbass was pretty, but disappointing. I find digital amp (ie Gk's mb200) to also fail my needs. The Markbass is probably great for some folks, but not me.

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            5.0

            Amazing combo for its size

            By Willy-b-bill

            from Morristown TN

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

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

              Great combo. Amazing sound and power for its size.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Combo Amp !

              By Bassmunsta

              from Vermont

              About Me Professional Musician

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              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:

                MarkBass gear is the best I have ever owned. I am building a rig, started with the CMD 112 on top of a New York series 1x15 CAB. I WANT TO ADD ANOTHER 1X15 MB CAB. AND A lITTLE MARK 800 Watt head. The 500 watts I am getting seems to be enough for now..

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                No Regrets!

                By Bass chic

                from Toledo, Oh

                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:

                  Wow! What can I say!? I stewed on this lil beauty for weeks! I read review after review, researched similar product after similar product, until one day I decided and took the plunge. The price had me shuttering, I won't lie, it was a tough purchase to justify to myself. I was already playing on a decent ampeg combo with adequate results, only the thing weighed a ton! Banging into things which usually were myself, I decided that I'd had it! Im a professional female musician who is constantly going from gig to gig and was tired of lugging that beast around. The Mark Bass 121p is awesome! Hands down. The convenience/portability is unparalleled and the clarity/detail of sound is unbeatable. I play medium to relatively large gigs and with the built in direct out, i support my sound through the pa. You have to dial it in on this amp but once you find a tone you like you'll find yourself loving this amp more and more. And, I play 5 string, this puppy adds plenty of low end growl. Rich and warm tone, easy 29lbs? Do it, you'll never look back.

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Markbass amp FAIL

                  By ekm

                  from Boston, MA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Portable

                  Cons

                  • Defective
                  • Needs To Be Repaired

                  Best Uses

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

                    I bought this in August 2012. Just a few days past Musician's Friend's 45 day deadline for returns, the amp failed. It will no longer power on. Now, I have to send it back to Markbass for repair. This is the last Markbass product I buy.

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