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Mark Bass TTE 500 500w amplifier + gig bag


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  2. Pre-owned 800w amplifier in immaculate condition with gig bag - list £950 + £75 for gig bag

T“Modern Vintage” may seem to be an oxymoron, but it sums up the unique new TTE 500 well. Current technology is brought together with classic tone concepts in a head that looks and sounds vintage—but features some special adaptations of the innovations that put the Markbass on the map! The classic sound comes from an old-style tube preamp, a tube compressor, a simple 3-band passive EQ section, a “Colour” filter (a tube adaptation of the famous Markbass VLE control), and an innovative Tube Technology Emulator power amp.

In celebrating its 10th anniversary, Markbass launched a slew of new products. The first is the TTE 500, a "modern vintage" head with a tube preamp, tube compressor, Colour EQ filter (tube-driven VLE), and a new TTE (Tube Technology Emulator) analogue power amp that is designed to sound like a tube power amp. This new head puts out 500W at 4 ohms and weighs 11.24 pounds.

According to the manufacturer, the TTE 500 is both modern and vintage, offering a warm sound and fresh takes on vintage filters. With the new head, sound comes through an old-style tube preamp, is fed through a tube compressor, then a simple 3-band passive EQ section, a "Colour" filter (a tube adaptation of the famous Markbass VLE control), and then finally gets amplified by the Technology Emulator power amp.

The old-style tube preamp is said to deliver a warm, round, captivating sound, while the onboard tube compressor's ratio and release parameters deliver features optimised for bass. Likewise, the Colour tube filter is a "super-warm" tube version of the Markbass VLE (Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator) filter.

Very often Markbass analogue power amps are mistaken for tube power amps, due to their incredibly warm tone, the manufacturer says. According to Markbass, the new TTE 500 head is not driven completely by tubes, but with Tube Technology Emulator (TTE), it sounds like it is.

The TTE 800's lightweight, high-power design gives bassists a vintage sound without the "classic weight." Markbass plans on releasing an amp bag and a special new cabinet to go with the TTE 500.

Preamp: Tube

Tube: 3x ECC83 + 1x ECC81 (compressor)

Power Amp: Analog (TTE: “Tube Technology Emulator”)

Power Supply:Special Markbass Digital Power Supply

Power TTE500: 500W @ 4 ohms / 300W @ 8ohms

EQ (passive)




Controls: compressor - colour (tube-driven VLE)

Outputs: Speakers (2 speakon combo) - Line Out (XLR)

Weight: 6 kg / 13.23 lbs


The minimum ohm load for all Markbass heads is 4 ohms.

The November/January issue of Australian Guitar magazine features a glowing review of the TTE500 head and New York 151RJ cabinet.

Here are some of the highlights: 


"Both products have features unlike any other products in the Markbass range."

"To have a player of Randy Jackson’s calibre endorse their product shows how highly regarded Markbass products have become."

TTE 500 

"The price of this head does not reflect the price of an all tube head, but it still has the tone close to what you would expect from an all tube head."
"The amp has enough gain to nail some classic rock and metal tones and does it extremely well."
"The in-built compressor is musical and easy enough to use to be able to tweak between songs making it an extremely versatile feature."
"The tone of the all tube preamp and the reliability of the solid-state power amp make this amp a gigging player’s amp, reliable with a great tone."
"Markbass consistently make bass products of the highest standard, and the TTE 500 is no exception."
"The TTE 500 takes on the ideas that feature in some of their other great amps and takes it one step further."
"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."

New York 151RJ

"The New York 151 RJ has a high enough power rating to make it extremely crisp and defined when matched with the TTE 500 head."
"The tone is warm and extremely clear for a 15 inch speaker."
"The cabinet not only sounds great, but it has a cool look to it too."


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