Mark Bass

Parsek srl was founded in the late 90s by Marco De Virgiliis, who began working with a bunch of trusted friends, and focused on the production of high-quality, 100% made in Italy bass amplifiers. The Markbass brand was introduced in 2001, and immediately caught the interest of many top Italian musicians and quickly became an absolute benchmark in worldwide bass amplification for many years to come. Business expansion led in the following years to a further product diversification, which soon involved acoustic instruments amplifiers (Markacoustic), professional audio systems (Markaudio) and, in 2010, tube guitar amps with the DV Mark brand, which immediately drew the attention of the worldwide guitar community. In 2010, Parsek undertook the production of Mark Drum, the first professional electronic drum set entirely designed and made in Italy. The first prototype of the YES model (“The Yellow Sound”) was unveiled at the Frankfurt Musikmesse 2011. The YES kit is now ready for production and was introduced to the world at the 2012

Markbass is an Italian company best known for its lightweight bass amps and speaker cabs, all with distinctive yellow accents. Its founder, Marco De Virgiliis, surprisingly identifies musically as a sax player, though he does enjoy dabbling in occasional electric bass work. Early on, De Virgiliis studied electronic engineering and worked in the telecommunications field while developing his bass amplification designs. During a fateful jam session with friends many years ago, a bassist was impressed by the sound of an amp De Virgiliis had built, and asked him if he could buy it. Then another friend asked for one, and another and another. The roots of Markbass were planted, though not yet by that name.

In the early ’90s, De Virgiliis launched a brand called Parsek. After refining designs for several years, he then entered into a partnership with Ernie Ball and created a 500-watt amp head along with 210 and 212, cabs under the name Audiophile. The amps were well received by the bass playing community, but the brand was short-lived and Ernie Ball sold off the remaining amps at bargain-basement prices. It was also during this period that De Virgiliis pioneered the use of neodymium speakers for bass enclosures, through a partnership with Italy’s B&C Speakers. Neodymium magnet speakers—now part of almost every manufacturer’s product line—dropped the weight of bass speakers radically. Though they initially had a few bugs to work out, neo cabs are now widely accepted, and bassists’ backs are certainly appreciative.

After a couple more years of R&D, De Virgiliis launched Markbass in 2001. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Markbass brand is best known for its Little Mark series of amps, anchored by the 6.39 pound, 500-watt (at 4 Ω) Little Mark III. But Markbass offers a variety of other bass amps and cabs, and recently, the company introduced a line of effects pedals and a series of guitar amps and cabs.

Markbass Big Bang $1,495.00 $1,270.00
Markbass CMD 102P $2,595.00 $2,195.00
Markbass CMD 121H $2,195.00 $1,855.00
Markbass CMD 151P Jeff Berlin $2,395.00 $1,995.00
Markbass CMD SUPER COMBO K1 $3,450.00 $2,950.00
Markbass Combo 121 Lite Alain Caron $2,595.00 $2,195.00
Markbass Little Mark Tube $1,595.00 $1,350.00
Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 $1,850.00 $1,350.00
Markbass Micromark 801 $1,050.00 $895.00
Markbass Mini CMD 121P $2,050.00 $1,595.00
Markbass Mini CMD 151P $2,550.00 $1,795.00

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