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    Well...Returned my MarkBass Little Mark III dream rig

    Because 2 days after I got it I got the new BassPlayer Magazine and saw an ad for the Little Mark Rocker 500! So had to upgrade. And i have to say, I love it. It has all the tonal range the Little Mark III had with the nastiest tube overdrive fuzz I've ever heard!!! You do lose the balanced input, but I dont even own an acoustic bass so not a big deal. The only complaint I have is that theres no footswitch. It'd be really nice to go from clean to overdrive without having to turn a knob, kinda shocked they didnt provide for this. Have to say I'm totally in love with my gear now. The down side, with my 08 EBMM Sterling, the MarkBass Little Mark Rocker 500 and MarkBass 104 Cab; I really have no more excuses. If I suck, it's purely because I suck, can't blame my gear at all now...


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    Oh THANK YOU so much for that.

    the I was GAS-free for a bit there,

    Jack

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    I tried three different MB combos before deciding they weren't what I was seeking. Their solid state amps just sounded a little too sterile for my personal tastes. But I'd be curious how this one sounds. I bet it sounds great. Is the tube drive pre-amp only?
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    Cool color! way to go!

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    The Rocker always intrigued me, but I couldn't wait 9-11 months for it to get out and into stores (sheesh). So I am still content with my LM Tube, and if I need fuzz, I dial up my Sansamp paradriver pedal for all the fuzz I want. Glad you like the Rocker, still want to try one someday.



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    Does the tube drive affect the volume when you crank it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bovinehost View Post
    Oh THANK YOU so much for that.

    the I was GAS-free for a bit there,

    Jack
    ha, no prob, wouldnt want you running out of gas.

    Quote Originally Posted by Holdsg View Post
    The Rocker always intrigued me, but I couldn't wait 9-11 months for it to get out and into stores (sheesh). So I am still content with my LM Tube, and if I need fuzz, I dial up my Sansamp paradriver pedal for all the fuzz I want. Glad you like the Rocker, still want to try one someday.
    yea, to be honest i think your setup has more flexibility and prob a very similar sound. not sure if pedals use an actual tube and really overdrive it or if its a digital effect. thatd be the only diff i can think of. that and you can play with the clean tube sound where i can but only to a degree, once you get past 1/8 the fuzz starts to kick in.

    Quote Originally Posted by Smallmouth_Bass View Post
    Does the tube drive affect the volume when you crank it?
    no and yes. it doesnt effect the actual volume, but the added body from the tube makes the sound carry more, if that makes sense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boogie.Man View Post
    I tried three different MB combos before deciding they weren't what I was seeking. Their solid state amps just sounded a little too sterile for my personal tastes. But I'd be curious how this one sounds. I bet it sounds great. Is the tube drive pre-amp only?
    not sure how can i tell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holdsg View Post
    The Rocker always intrigued me, but I couldn't wait 9-11 months for it to get out and into stores (sheesh). So I am still content with my LM Tube, and if I need fuzz, I dial up my Sansamp paradriver pedal for all the fuzz I want. Glad you like the Rocker, still want to try one someday.
    ya know, been thinking about this since i read this post. and im really tempted to return the rocker for a LM tube 800. then getting a big muff pie for the fuzz. in fact, that would give me more flexibility for roughly the same price with 300w more power and ive always loved the big muff fuzz. i think im going to do that. just returned the m3 for the rocker, GCs gonna be annoyed, but this will hopefully be my rig for the next 10 years and they still get the sale. i do always keep the original packaging and the stickers in place, thats a little better right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davecg2 View Post
    Because 2 days after I got it I got the new BassPlayer Magazine and saw an ad for the Little Mark Rocker 500! So had to upgrade. And i have to say, I love it. It has all the tonal range the Little Mark III had with the nastiest tube overdrive fuzz I've ever heard!!! You do lose the balanced input, but I dont even own an acoustic bass so not a big deal. The only complaint I have is that theres no footswitch. It'd be really nice to go from clean to overdrive without having to turn a knob, kinda shocked they didnt provide for this. Have to say I'm totally in love with my gear now. The down side, with my 08 EBMM Sterling, the MarkBass Little Mark Rocker 500 and MarkBass 104 Cab; I really have no more excuses. If I suck, it's purely because I suck, can't blame my gear at all now...

    I Love Mark Bass Amps, Not a Fan for The Cabs.

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    Loving my lmt 800. Running 2-10 or 8-10 sounds great.

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    I looked at the Rocker but decided to go with the Tube 800 instead. My plan is to buy the 8 ohm 4x10 cabinet then later on add a 2x10 cabinet for the really loud gigs. Maximum versatility and tons of clean headroom.

    I still need a little crunch sometimes, has anyone had hands on time with the MB Distorsore?
    Last edited by Norm66; 11-24-2010 at 09:18 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Musicman Nut View Post
    I Love Mark Bass Amps, Not a Fan for The Cabs.
    Curious (really), what don't you like about the cabs?
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    Never been a fan of mixing cabs and heads.cabs are made for the matching amps and vice versa to me they normally sound best and work best that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DTG View Post
    Never been a fan of mixing cabs and heads.cabs are made for the matching amps and vice versa to me they normally sound best and work best that way.
    This doesn't make sense to me. Cabs are cabs. 4 or 8 ohm. They have their own voices. If you like a particular cab and you like a particular head, put them together. There's no magic from using a head and a cab with the same name plate. My Eden head with my Eden cabs did not sound as good as my Markbass with my Eden cabs which also sounds better than my Markbass with Markbass cabs.

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