Markbass Micromark 801 Bass Combo Amplifier (Discontinued)
The Markbass Micromark 801 is a boutique quality petite amp with good sonic flexibility. This flexibility is credited to its one-knob tone control VPF (Variable Preshape Filter), turning it higher boosts treble and bass frequencies and cuts mid-range frequencies. When lowered, the VPF adjusts the sound to emphasize the mids while lowering treble and bass frequencies.
The amp comes with three options for sound production: using the included speaker, passing the signal directly to a P.A., or driving an extension cab. It also features an AUX-in as well as a headphone-out.
- 8” Speaker
- Controls: Volume and VPF
- AUX-Input, Headphone-Output, Speaker-Out, Line-Out
Markbass amps is famous for its clarity and depth and this reputation is further reinforced by the Micromark 801, as can be seen in many of the reviews where sound quality takes center stage. There are reports of the amp working for various musical style, from classic jazz and pop to modern rock, some also report great tones when used with upright bass. Many are also surprised that it is loud enough for most of the small to medium venues.
There are a few who noticed minor cosmetic issues, while some had the aux jack give out - but this could be more of a user error than a quality issue. Note that while its small small speaker doesn’t dramatically hold this amp back, it won't have the same depth as one with a bigger speaker.
The Markbass Micromark 801 is a portable amplifier solution for most churches, coffee shops, bars and other small to medium size venues, highly recommended for those who are willing to invest if you can find one still available.
This is not currently on our recommended list - to see that go to our guide to The Best Combo Bass Amps.
Despite the way it looks, this video does provide a good idea of how the amp sounds: