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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 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (24)
  • Excellent sound (20)
  • Good power output (19)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Warm / comfy (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (15)
  • Home studio (14)
  • Professional recording (9)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Amateur recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (10)

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.

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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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(15 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

great little amp with one fatal flaw

By davedrumz

from NY

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

I loved this amp - lighweight, warm. Add an extension cab for bigger rooms and it kicked ass. But......one day on a gig I experienced a power surge and it went completely dead on me. I took it to my repair guy and he was shocked to find that it has not even a single fuse to protect it from overload. Thus the entire board was fried and needed replacing. Luckily it was still under warranty, but even that was a nightmare and took months - not to mention I had to pay shipping. The authorized service center told me that MArkbass sent them a bad board as a replacement part and I might have to call Italy! Luckily they finally got a working part. Beware this bewildering design flaw!!!

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Voltage regulator sometimes needed

By DSR31

from Nassau, Bahamas

About Me Professional Musician

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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.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pricey? Yes. Worth every penny? Absolutely.

By markbass fan

from SF Bay Area

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

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!

(9 of 11 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.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    BYE BYE GALLIEN KRUEGER, HELLO MARKBASS

    By RYANULCH

    from Utah

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

    just buy the Markbass combo amp already. its simple but you can get any sound you want. just do it!
    just buy it. i had a gallien krueger full stack with the 1001rb2 amp head and good cabs. they sounded good but weighed a ton. (25lb head, 100lb cab and another 60 lb cab.)
    this thing weighs 30 lbs and has the same power. i will be buying the extention cab so i can play bigger shows with it.i have never had to turn it up past half way. its perfect for somebody that does not want to take multiple trips to the car before practice or a show. and you will not be dissapointed. i recomed buying the floor wedge thing for it also. it was a night and day difference. it throws the sound right to your face.

    Just Buy it!
    well built. good luck having your kids poke holes in the speaker/
    yeah it is a lot but its not over priced for what you get.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    112p

    By Johnbass

    from foothills, sc

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    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.

      (8 of 15 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.

        (7 of 7 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.

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Little Powerhouse

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

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

          Was looking for a compact combo that could still put out a strong punch and handle the low B string. I have several rigs, from a large Aguilar 4x12 cab and rack head (Eden WT1205)to a midsized Ampeg SVT410HLF cab and rack (Eden WT550) but found many times needing a smaller combo unit but after trying many, could not find one that balanced light weight and size with power and ability to handle a five string with punch and warmth. It sounded good in the store but we all know how deceptive that can be. Let me tell you, this thing is the real deal. Now, it isn't going to be an adequate rig in a large hall or outdoor gig on its own but mid size to small clubs, rehearsals, home practices and any venue that has PA support, it will sufficiently do what it needs to do. Like my Edens, a flat setting is a great starting point and very little tweaking on the two filter knobs is required using either my G&L L2500 or Amer. Deluxe Jazz V. At 30 lbs, it is a cinch to carry in to a club or rehearsal and all I added was a stomp box style strobe tuner in-line which mutes the signal and takes care of this combo not having a built-in mute switch. For me, this tiny combo is amazing provided I don't try and crank the master over half way and push extremely hard. If used with a little reason and expectation, this thing delivers in a huge way. A very warm tone but has the abilty to offer a varied tonal spectrum if needed. Very happy with this little powerhouse.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Combo

          By Low Class

          from Jacksonville, FL

          About Me Experienced

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          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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