iGuitar has reviewed the TTE 500 and New York 151 RJ (including a video review), and here are some highlights:
"Markbass hasn’t rested on its laurels and is always pushing new ideas and products... This latest addition to the Markbass line up gets star treatment with the Randy Jackson signature amplifier and cabinet... I won’t insult your intelligence by explaining that Randy Jackson has much more of a career under his belt than being ‘that TV program judge’ and if anyone should put their name to an amp for knowing what they are talking about when it comes to playing and tone, then Randy Jackson is as good as any."
"I liked the way that even my quietest playing appeared louder through the speaker. I’ve noticed this phenomenon with some valve pre amplifiers before and this one makes sure you hear every note. Dynamics are great and I know I could have pushed the little stack to the point that my camera guys would have had to wince a bit."
"In transit, the head has a good quality handle to carry with on the right hand side and the almost unbelievable 6 Kg weight will make carting this little chap a total breeze. Looking at the prices of valve amplifier equivalents, this model should definitely be on your list to take a look at."
"Moving on to the Randy Jackson signature cabinet: ...Weighing in at a mere 17 kgs it’s another easy ‘one man lift’ – in fact I could quite see it being possible to put a bass bag on your back with all the leads in, amp head in one hand and pretty much the cabinet in the other."
"The tweeter is clear and not at all harsh at higher volumes in our studio tests. The 15” speaker is punchy and as I’d said earlier has been voiced to have a better top end making it sound clearer and more usable in conjunction with the tweeter. Certainly for solo playing or work ‘north of the border’ up the ‘dusty end’ of the fretboard we were rewarded with a nice rounded tone."
"The Markbass stack as a unit is a well rounded rig that I think would be great for club and jazz gigs and studio sessions as it is clear and articulate. I’d expect that that the tone connoisseur will appreciate having the whole rig at their disposal, though I especially liked the TTE500 head for its no nonsense layout and all valve preamp. I’d be rather tempted to crank it to see how it behaves with a pair of 4x10s! I think it’d be able to handle itself just fine."
View the full review--including a video--here.
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Fernando Lamadrid: Bajo Rubén García: Teclados Rodrigo "El niño" Diaz: Bateria Enrique Rodriguez "Enriquito": Trompeta Roberto Lorenzo Elekes: Trombon
Markbass artist Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian) playing through his Little Mark Tube 800s and Standard 104HFs.
Alberto Rigoni plays "Doctor Who", one of the songs from his latest album BASSORAMA (http://albertorigoni.bandcamp.com) through his Little Mark Tube head.
Markbass top-artist Michael League from Snarky Puppy talks of his story and career, his first encounter with Markbass etc. during his visit at our factory.
Video shooting/editing by Alessandro Petrini www.alessandropetrini.com
Markbass top-artist Richard Bona talks about his Ninja signature rig.
Jeff's column on Bass Guitar magazine is a great chance for readers to ask him questions about bass playing and music theory.
Finland's Riffi magazine has reviewed the Markbass Big Bang head, saying it is "one of the finest in its class"
Jennifer Young has been featured on the cover of Bass Musician magazine's February issue.
Jeff Berlin is interviewed in the last issue of Czeck Rep's Muzikus magazine.
Markbass Artist Lorenzo Feliciati has been nominated by CriticalJazz.com as "Artist of the Year 2012"
In this in-depth interview (translated from Polish), Maurizio discusses his background, his style, bass playing, and his gear.
"Great to see a company listening to their users and taking some ideas onboard."
Italian magazine Chitarre reviews the Big Bang on its November 2012 issue.
Premier Guitar magazine has reviewed the Big Bang in its December 2012 issue. "This amp has an analog quality that coats the highs and attack—almost as if there’s a post-EQ “warmth” circuit that processes the tone."
Premier Guitar has reviewed the MB7 Booster pedal in its October issue's pedal feature.
Bass Player magazine has reviewed the Big Bang in its October 2012 issue. "With its headroom, tone controls, and extra features, the Big Bang is sure to make a lot of noise when it hits."
France's Bass Part magazine have reviewed the Combo 121 Lite: "This amp will be the first choice for many jazz, funk, reggae or modern pop players."
Spanish magazine Bajos y Bajistas has included interviews with Markbass artists Igor Saavedra and Dany Noel in their latest issue.
Norway's MP magazine has reviewed the TTE 500 and New York 151 RJ, praising the rig for its sound, build quality, light weight and value.
UK's Guitar & Bass magazine has reviewed the Bass Tube Marker, finding "the sort of warmth you really would associate with an overdriven valve amp."
Bass Player magazine's June 2012 issue features a review of the Randy Jackson signature rig.
The latest issue of Spanish magazine Bajos & Bajistas features Markbass artists Michael Manring and Fernando Lamadrid
Bass Player magazine has reviewed the latest release from Markbass artist Lorenzo Feliciati.
Australia's Mixdown magazine included the Little Mark Rocker 500 and the TTE 500 in a recent amp survey, and had lots of good things to say!
Tom Kennedy has been featured on the cover of Bass Musician magazine's March issue--which also includes a story on Evan Marien.
Lorenzo discusses versatility, bass virtuosity, gear, and his new projects, Naked Truth and the Neon Karma Trio.
Italian bass shredder and Markbass artist Dino Fiorenza, interviewed in Guitar Club
"If you are in need of an amp that sounds great, has an awesome tone, and the reliability of a solid-state power amp, then the TTE 500 is well worth checking out."
"The AC 121’s sound is big and three-dimensional. ...The straight acoustic tone is very rich and detailed, with lots of air around the high end and plenty of tight bass."
England's iGuitar webzine has reviewed the new Randy Jackson signature model head and cabinet.
Lorenzo Feliciati is interviewed in the October issue of Italy's Strumenti Musicali, discussing his new project, Naked Truth.
"Advances in technology and an investment in quality materials mean you can pack a heck of a lot of wallop into a small enclosure."
"It's built like a tank and it has a lot of tonal variety and personality lurking beneath its trio of controls."
"This little yellow beastie has just one calling in life: to thicken up your low end and make you funky."
“The TTE 500 is an incredibly dynamic amp... strikes the perfect balance between tube tone and solid-state reliability.”