Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
Holy crap! I am blown away by this baby after 6 months. I use it through a Line 6 Bass PODxt Live that it shares my case with. Just to prove how versatile the amp is, without my Line 6, I play whole metal shows with just the markbass plugged in! Plus, when I play jazz and worship, I just turn up the VLE nob and out come the smooth tones without the raspy attack of my active bass. I have pushed this little baby up to 7 and then I have to leave the room because of how loud it is. I know that volume is a relative thing, but for that, just head down to guitar center and try any markbass for that matter.
Overall Impression — 9
Being new to the brand, I came in skeptical. And left as a huge fan. I would promote this over any Ampeg or GK. Solely because it can do both! Being a bassist for 3-4 years, I knew what tone to go for. I play everything from worship music to heavy metal. This amp does it all! I must say that the construction would be something to change, but that's if you can't afford a bag or a rackmounted case.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Being a switching amp, it produces pure-tones without the susceptibility to heatsinks like most tube powered amps. I have to say I will never need to back this amp up. I say that because it sits safely inside my road-runner rack. I bought the warranty not for sound and gig purposes, but at the time, I didn't have the rackmount. Be prepared to either buy a case from Markbass or buy the $30 rack ears. It has a very sturdy construction, but it does not come enclosed.
Features — 9
When I first saw this little guy, I was immediately put off by the size. This thing is tiny! Weighing in at 6lbs, it packs a huge punch! I don't know the ohm rating off-hand, but it pushes 600w. On the front, the Markbass Little Mark 2 comes equipped with an 4-channel EQ, as well as VLE (vintage loudspeaker enhancer) and a VPF (variable preshape filter). In simple terms, the first promotes overtones and excessive tube-like tones. The latter is compared to a mid-scoop on a guitar amp. With these two twins, you can go from Ampeg-like classic to Gallien-Krueger slap style with just a turn of a nob. Gain, Clip light, and master volume complete the front. On the back, besides a built-in fan, it sports a speak-on out with an optional class 2 wiring as well for 1/4" connections. A XLR line out with an addition tuner out. All of that, with an effects loop and ground-lift. A basic amp with lots of power.