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Markbass Randy Jackson Signature TTE 500 500W Tube Bass Amp Head  

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    This groundbreaking "modern vintage" head brings the sound quality of all-tube heads into a super practical and ultrareliable package.

    The Markbass Randy Jackson Signature TTE 500 500W Tube Bass Amp Head is best described as “Modern Vintage,” which may seem to be an oxymoron, but it sums up the unique new TTE 500 well. Current technology is brought together with classic tone concepts in a head that looks and sounds vintage—but features some special adaptations of the innovations that put the Markbass on the map. The classic sound comes from an old-style tube preamp, a tube compressor, a simple 3-band passive EQ section, a “Color” filter (a tube adaptation of the famous Markbass VLE control), and an innovative Tube Technology Emulator power amp.

    The question is: modern or vintage...? Randy Jackson says "Yes. Both. Finally an amp for every sound!"

    Features
    • Combines vintage sounds with modern reliability
    • All tube preamp and compressor with TTE power section
    • 3-band EQ plus "Color" filter

    Put this versatile and great-sounding head on your favorite cab and feel the classic sounds emitting from your bass. Order today.

     

    Randy Jackson Signature TTE 500 500W Tube Bass Amp Head Specifications:

    • Preamp: Tube
    • Tube: 3x ECC83 + 1x ECC81 (compressor)
    • Power Amp: Analog (TTE: “Tube Technology Emulator”)
    • Power Supply: Special Markbass Digital Power Supply
    • Power: 500W @ 4 ohms / 300W @ 8ohms
    • EQ (passive)
    • - BASS
    • - MIDDLE
    • - HIGH
    • Controls: compressor - colour (tube-driven VLE)
    • Outputs: Speakers (2 speakon combo) - Line Out (XLR)
    • Weight: 6 kg / 13.23 lbs
    • Notes: The minimum ohm load for all Markbass heads is 4 ohms.
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    MarkbassRandy Jackson Signature TTE 500 500W Tube Bass Amp Head
     
    4.9

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Excellent sound (8)
    • Warm / comfy (8)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Good power output (7)
    • Portable (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances (7)
      • Outdoor events / games (5)
      • Home studio (4)
      • Amateur recording (3)
      • Professional recording (3)
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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Vintage Goes Modern

      By B.R.

      from St. Louis, MO.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Markbass Randy Jackson Signature TTE 500 500W Tube Bass Amp Head:

        Great amp!! Bought it 5 months ago. This amp gives the range of vintage to modern tone, just as they say. But it does more. Great clear mids and highs when paired with a Markbass 410 cabinet . I mention last the most oblivious virtue one would expect is ......yes it does have the power and design to provide the THUD and THUNDER that is needed to shake the room . Great amp!

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        5.0

        A GREAT AMP!!

        By B.R.

        from St. Louis,MO.

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Markbass Randy Jackson Signature TTE 500 500W Tube Bass Amp Head:

            Great amp, powerful and soulful! Want a great amp this is IT! Played many before deciding on the Markbass TTE 500 , has all the low end rumble you will ever need along with well defined mids and highs. All in all a great amp. I finally paired it to a Markbass 410 cabinet., INCREDIBLE!! Low end to spare! If you want top quality boutique style bass gear that sounds awesome.....buy Markbass! And it's not made in china.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            An Honest Review

            By ShakeTheBottom

            from Chico, CA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Markbass Randy Jackson Signature TTE 500 500W Tube Bass Amp Head:

            I waited a while before I posted anything about this bass amp. For starters the thing looks awesome; great lights on the circuit board that help light up the amp head, killer grill, great knobs, etc... Upon first arrival the amp I received last for about 1 minute before it started to create extremely loud and distorted fart sounds and major volume fluctuations (it was paired up with the Markbass Traveler 12h) and I turned it off. Tried again with different settings, chords, outlets, everything... same problem. Super bummer. Sent it in the following day.

            Got the replacement a week later and had been very pleased. Super warm and punchy. Really gives me the vintage tone I was after. Fast forward 4 months, mid show the amp starts acting up again. Major volume fluctuations, distortion, everything. Had to send it in again due to, as they said, "failure with where the compression tube was." Again, super bummer.

            For a working musician, I needed something reliable and this amp has failed on me twice in a 5 month span. I love the tone, the look, and the weight of this amp head. It gave me what I wanted, but it lacks the reliability I need.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best kept secret!

            By lowendplyr69

            from Huntsvegas, Alabama

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Markbass Randy Jackson Signature TTE 500 500W Tube Bass Amp Head:

              This amp really has the sound that's been in my head for years!! The tone is very tube punchy and sounds great! I like the vintage sound and I think Markbass hit the nail on the head with this amp! I would buy again if it broke!

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best bass head regardless of price!

              By bullitt1573

              from Macon, GA

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              Pros

              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Markbass Randy Jackson Signature TTE 500 500W Tube Bass Amp Head:

                I purchased my first Mark Bass head (Little Mark II) over five years ago and fell in love with it. Since then, I traded the LMII for a Little Mark III and also purchased an R500. When I first saw the TTE 500, I was skeptical, and after almost buying it twice, I finally purchased one last November. This is the best sounding bass head I have ever owned. It sounds great with all of by basses whether it's the passive Jazz or the active Stingray. I won't get into the whole tube vs hybrid argument, but this head sounds just as good as any all tube head that I have ever played through and it weighs fifty pounds less! It sounds full, rich and deep whether I am using a cabinet or running through a line out into a mixing board. It works on all types of music ranging from rock to funk to contemporary praise. It does not "break up" as much as my R500, but the overall tone is incredible especially when utilizing the tube compressor in combination with the coulor control. When pushed hard, it really shines and gives the perfect amount of subtle overdrive.

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                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Tube tone in a modern little package

                By bassnpete22

                from Boston, Ma

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Markbass Randy Jackson Signature TTE 500 500W Tube Bass Amp Head:

                  I'm a professional bassist in a very busy function band. In season we gig 3-4 nights a week playing weddings, clubs, parties, etc. I bought the Markbass TTE head a month ago and have nothing but great things to say about it! I've gigged out with it about a dozen times, with both a Fender P, Fender J and upright bass and they all sound killer through it. Big fat SVT like tone. The eq is simple, the compressor is a nice touch and the "colour" knob basically adds or cuts the subby lows Markbass are known for. I tried all the amps in the $800 range and nothng sounded as clear, loud and warm at the TTE. This amp is a powerhouse with boutique level tone for a reasonable price. Buy it before it's gone!

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  TTE 500 has that fat round warn tone!

                  By mere4m

                  from lyons, IL

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Markbass Randy Jackson Signature TTE 500 500W Tube Bass Amp Head:

                    Over the years I went from Ampeg tube bass head, to David Eden WT550, to Markbass LMII, and have been happy with all them. The one thing all these amps have in common is, great fat warm tone, with one difference; weight and size.

                    I was at GC couple months ago and tried out the RJ markbass TTE500 with the RJ 151 1x15 cabinet, I just was blown away by the overall sound and portability of such powerful amp! I should have just walked away, but now I had to have one!!

                    I will say that I like my new TTE-500 little more than my LMII, but just little. The TTE has such nice warm clean tone, when turned up it sounds so much like my old SVT-CL, but at about 1/8 of the weight, Sweet!!!

                    I'm waiting on NY 151 RJ cabinet from MF. still few weeks out, back ordered, but can't wait to gig out and record with my newest Markbass amp setup!

                    There are a lot of great bass amps out there, but this is my choice, The MB TTE gives me the tone and sound as a bassist that I'm looking for.

                    Lovin' every minute of it!

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                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Pleasantly surprised, AND LOUD!!!

                    By BASSPLYR

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about Markbass Randy Jackson Signature TTE 500 500W Tube Bass Amp Head:

                    Being a bassist for over 30 years, I was in the never ending search for tone, and now I have found it. Light and powerful, this head handles just about anything you throw at it. It's not meant for thrash or death meatal, but for everything else, it's fantastic. The best part of the head is it shows how your bass guitar REALLY sounds, not all colored. Plenty of headroom, and light at 13lbs. Would buy a second as a back-up if this went down, but the craftsmanship is top notch and so far very dependable.

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