Premier Guitar reviews Markbass Little Mark Vintage

Dec. 4, 2019, 3:06 p.m.

Here some excerpts from the review:

  • The two largest features on the front plate are the pair of Universal Audio LA 610-style rotary knobs that control input gain and master volume. I applaud the choice, not only from a visual standpoint, but from a practical standpoint as well. 
  • Within 10 seconds of plugging into the amp, two words immediately came to mind: warmth and headroom.
  • Compared to the other lightweight class-D amps I own, the Little Mark Vintage puts out a ton of volume—very quickly.
  • Markbass doesn’t purchase their class-D power section from a supplier, which is often the case with other manufacturers. Instead, Markbass designed and manufactured the power amp in-house. Maybe this is why the 500-watt Little Mark Vintage feels different and sounds louder than many of its competitors in the same class.
  • How many times have we bassists expected vintage tone from an amp claiming as much, yet all we got was murky and muddy? The Little Mark Vintage stays remarkably clear of that trap.

The Verdict
Yes, this amp unmistakably has the words “little” and “vintage” in its name, but it’s also capable of the opposite by sounding big­ and quite modern, though not overly modern, even at lower volume settings. The very few things this amp lacks are heavily outweighed by the giant, delicious, middle-of-the-road warm tone it provides. It’s a tone all its own, and it had me smiling and going back to play more after I finished this review.

Here 3 audio clips by Premier Guitar.

Clip 1: “Flat” setting.
Clip 2: Bass/Treble boost setting. Limiter set at 2 o'clock.
Clip 3: “Old” setting, hi-mids boosted at 1 o'clock and limiter set at 10 o'clock.




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