The new issue of Bass Magazine features a nice review of the Little Mark Vintage.
Here some excerpts from the review:
Respected Italian amp and cabinet builder Markbass has been participating in this small-amp market for some time via its “Little Mark” series; the most recent offering, the Little Mark Vintage 500, brings together the best of the old and the new.
The vintage-style knobs look cool and roll smoothly, and I appreciate the big master-volume knob (too many master knobs look like every other knob on an amp).
The clear window that shows off the tube is the centerpiece, though. I had to see how it looked under stage lighting, so I turned off all the lights in my studio to check it out, and I wasn’t disappointed.
True, how an amp looks matters little when compared to how it sounds, but I like rigs that look good on stages small enough where the audience can check out your gear.
I tried out the flat and cut settings, but I enjoyed the tone created by the old setting most, at least for this bass. It offered plenty of bottom, yet still sounded clear and crisp on the top when I played funk-style lines. The tone overall is as promised: warm, full, and traditional in vibe.
Whereas the name of this amp implies it was designed for players looking for an old-school tone and vibe, rest assured it can deliver for modern-genre players, as well.
Still, if you are like me and still have your record player in use, have vintage instruments in your arsenal, and think James Jamerson and Chuck Rainey should be declared national heroes, then you will surely want to give the Little Mark Vintage a test spin. It will take you back musically to a place that inspires us all.
"This is so sweet. Markbass, the amplifier company whose products I use and love, asked us endorsers to submit a backing track for folks to play on top of. There have been many lovey interpretations of mine and I'm really enjoying this one."