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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 perf...Read More

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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.

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

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
 
4.5

(based on 43 reviews)

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    (6)

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    (1)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (18)
  • Excellent sound (16)
  • Good power output (15)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Warm / comfy (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (11)
  • Home studio (10)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (7)

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!

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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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5.0

Best Combo

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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!!

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    5.0

    Awesome product with an Awesome price.

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    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.

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      5.0

      Incredible Performance in Such A Small Package

      By 

      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!

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        112p

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        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.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Very, Very good

          By 

          from New Britain, CT and 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.

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          5.0

          Performed beyond all expectations

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          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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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Love the sound

            By 

            from Frankfort, IL

            About Me Novice

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Cost A Lot
            • Needs Better User Info

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

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

            I truly love the sound. I am a simple Bass player, who barely uses any volume because I just play in my home for personal enjoyment.
            However, after 2 years of just being used an hour or 2 a week, maybe less it started blowing fuses.

            I had the extended warranty, which I would recommend. The people at Musicians Friend took great care of me. I could not be happier with the service I received.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Aamp

            By 

            from Meriden, CT

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

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

              Getting older and looking to lighten the load. Heard a few other bass player using different Markbass and both raved about them

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              (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Voltage regulator sometimes needed

              By 

              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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              (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Great sound... until it shuts itself off

              By 

              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.

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