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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" Markbass custom 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
    • 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 54 reviews)

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    • 5 Stars

       

      (37)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

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      (4)

    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Portable (28)
    • Excellent sound (24)
    • Good power output (22)
    • Easy to use (16)
    • Warm / comfy (15)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (19)
    • Home studio (17)
    • Professional recording (11)
    • Outdoor events / games (8)
    • Amateur recording (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (18), Professional musician (10)

    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 little amp with one fatal flaw

    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...Read complete review

    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!!!

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    (18 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    great little amp with one fatal flaw

    By davedrumz

    from NY

    See all my reviews

    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!!!

    (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Voltage regulator sometimes needed

    By DSR31

    from Nassau, Bahamas

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    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.

    (13 of 13 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

      See all my reviews

      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

            See all my reviews

            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!!

              (4 of 5 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.

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Powerful Sound - Small Package

                  By William Serry

                  from San Jose, California

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

                  The amplifier has an excellent, deep, powerful and resonant tone which can cut through the loudest accompanying guitar and drum playing. Much more powerful than it would appear - its amazing how much power and clear sound comes out of this little thing.

                  I initially thought I had problems with the amplifier after the initial purchase; however, it turns out my active pickup needed a new battery. This little amp is built like a tank, weighs next to nothing and can fit in the trunk of you Mini Cooper.
                  Its a bit overpriced, but hey, you get what you pay for.

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Clean, versatile and low enough to herd elephants.

                  By Jacob Gordin

                  from PA

                  See all my reviews

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

                  Great amp. It's all I need for college playing and medium size gigs. It's small, its light, it sounds amazing. Fills really large rooms and can play soft when you want it to.
                  The VPF (Variable Pre-shape Filter) and the VLE (Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator) are fantastic additions to four band EQ and the huge range of tones you can get makes this one of the most versatile combos out there. It however lacks a aux in and lacks a headphones out both of which can be overlooked if you know how to use the effects loop in the back of the amp. It sounds great with all three of my electrics (Passive Fender Mexican jazz, Active American Deluxe jazz with passive switch on and off and my Rickenbacker 4003) and sounds incredible with my Upright with a full circle pickup.
                  Solid construction. Seemingly unbreakable grill. The Speaker moves when it should and feedback's very limited.
                  It's a great amp. Its expensive.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great sounding compact combo

                  By Coop

                  from St. Augustine, FL

                  About Me Experienced

                  See all my reviews

                  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).

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Very, Very good

                  By Dezz

                  from Hartford, CT

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  See all my reviews

                  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.

                  (3 of 5 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.

                  (3 of 7 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.

                    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    good luck

                    By Christopher Palmer

                    from New Orleans

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

                    If it holds-up I will be delighted. Who knows? Overall features connot be touched by anyone. Its small. Its cube-shaped. No unnecessary gew-gaws. Beautiful sound reproduction. Lightweight. Powerfull. Versatile. Perfect for Church or small club. Add an extension speaker and you could play outdoors or in a casino- its that loud. I love this amp.
                    I bought a floor model at Git Cntr last february 2011. Great deal and it's used, but so what? Its a Markbass. Lifetime warranty and all.
                    Fantastic. I love it. I love the looks of you. The lure of you, etc. Great sound. Versatile. Ligtweight.
                    Blows GK away. Very far away. Indeed there's no competition considering size/weight/bark/bite.
                    Price? Well, you gets what you pays for. Nice. Very happy. Then...
                    Past december I noticed a high-pitched whine. Somewhere around a high "D". Oops. Something's frying.
                    Took it back to Git Cntr. Sales rep tells me I got to go to the Markbass website an' they'll tell me where to take it for service.
                    Huh?
                    I tell him to go to the website hisownself while I wait.
                    He's like yeah, OK, but these guys at Markbass like don't even answer the phones sometimes.
                    So I says why don't you take it in the back in your own service area and just fix it?
                    An' he says they aren't factory authorized.
                    This is in New Orleans. So, where am I supposed to send it, Houston?
                    At this point I might add that I am barking like a dog myownself.
                    So, they gave me a new one. Thank-you Git Cntr.
                    It produces a slight hum when turned-on.
                    Waiting for it to quit on me too. However, I've heard reports from other Markbass owners that their gear is top rate. Maybe I just had a weird experience. An isolated incident.
                    How can I give it a 10 when it quit on me within a year? It was a demo- but hey! These things are supposed to be built to last. And it looks and feels like its built to last. Military quality. It costs like its built to last. Mine didn't.
                    Mine was expensive.However: Lower-priced amps just do not sound, feel, respond like this one. Its a Maseratti. A Lambourghine. Unfortunately, you can't take it to Jiffy Lube for service.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    It was great till it broke...TWICE!!

                    By blizzardBass10

                    from Moorhead, MN

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

                    I first purchased this amp last June of 2009 and was initially very excited, nay ecstatic! Then in October the tweeter simply gave out, and POOF my high end was gone. Fortunatly guitar center swapped it out no problem. Unfortunatly, the same thing happened again 3 months later and I was back for another amp. I ended up selling the replacement brand new on ebay and purchasing a genz-benz shuttle 6.0-12T combo.Overall I was VERY pleased with the sound I got from the Markbass CMD 121P. I loved everything about it, but in short..PIEZO TWEETERS AREN'T DURABLE!!!!!If I was you I would opt for the Markbass CMD 121H with a compression horn driver and save yourself the hassle and disappointment.

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