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    This amp looks and sounds very interesting.
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    Price? It's actually not that light, 7 kgs... But if it's cheap it could be a very nice small amp!

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    Like a polytone megabrute 8" with half the power??..it might well work live for small gigs ( altho I'm not too keen on the red/yellow cosmetics ) . Nice dark 175 tone in the demo vids. Price seems to be about $ 550 MAP

    Thanks for pointing this one out, Kris

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    I did not like the looks but I did like the sound in the demo videos - it may sound quite nice with an extension cabinet (as Keira tells us about the lunchbox)?!

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    Good find. I thought the demo sounded great and it's always a good thing to see another 15 lb amp in the market. I'd be interested in hearing some more hands-on reports.

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    Here is another short clip

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    Very nice. The chords sounds warm and I can certainly hear what the promo means by fast response.

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    OK, now I'm interested too!
    Apparently, Guitar Center is their USA distributor.

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    Picking up my jazzbox newly customised at my luthieŕs store, I had the opportunity to test it plugged in this little combo.
    First impression : this is a good rétro vintage looking amp, well finished, compact and attractive.
    Sound is good too and funny to tweak, thanks to a very effective medium setting, quite unusual in such mini amps. The overall tone is smooth an deep, bass response being quite convincing given the combo size.
    On the minus side, I found this amp´s perceived loudness quite weak for 45 watts; you may have different findings with your guitar. This loudness could be effectively improved when cranking up the mid knob to the max, but then it will alter the overall tone accordingly.
    In this respect, my Scxd has a far bigger headroom with any guitar I plug in.
    Tone wise, It's neither my cup of tea; the texture did´nt possess the tubey feel I like from Fender valve amps, but it´s just my taste.
    Price should be around 350€, which place it in a tough competition.
    My recommendation is :test it before purchasing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kris
    This amp looks and sounds very interesting.
    This looks like a really nice amp. I asked my local store (Long & McQuade, Cambridge, Ontario) about it and they are going to try to get one in. Hopefully, I can give it a try.
    Keith

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    I'd like to know how the little jazz stands up against a ZT acoustic lunchbox volume wise.

    We don't have these in the US yet. Guitar center/Musicians Friend said it would be a special order, but they also said they may be carrying it in the future.

    Looking forward to hear Kris's thoughts after testing the little jazz.

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    Anyone seen or heard one of these they look very interesting. I've used Mark Bass gear and it was excellent, but not their guitar gear.


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    It does look cool, but at £429 its not too cheap. The 7kg weight does sound appealing though.

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    Sounds nice, and good playing.

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    Great sounding small amp. Check this out:

    Listen past the first chorus...

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    Sounds great for such a small box!

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    Demo sounds good but at that price point, it's going up against used AER Compact 60s, which just about everyone uses as a grab n' go amp around town here.

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    My friend jazz guitarist bought this amp few months ago.
    After few weeks he sold it.
    He tried it with Gibson es-175D.
    Anyway he use Acoustic Image head with 12"speaker cabinet and 15 watt MV3 pure tube combo with 12 ".
    Best
    Kris

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    Really like the sound on the demos too. Seems like it would be great for those times when portability is paramount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kris
    My friend jazz guitarist bought this amp few months ago.
    After few weeks he sold it.
    He tried it with Gibson es-175D.
    Anyway he use Acoustic Image head with 12"speaker cabinet and 15 watt MV3 pure tube combo with 12 ".
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    Kris
    Kris - was there something about the Little Jazz that your friend disliked, or did he just like the AI & MV3 rigs more ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by newsense
    Kris - was there something about the Little Jazz that your friend disliked, or did he just like the AI & MV3 rigs more ?
    He said that it was small and good for transport but he prefer AI and MV3.
    He tried it on gig and he said 40 watt/solid amp/ with 10 speaker is good for home practising and small gigs.
    Sound of DV Jazz for him was not bad.
    The best way is to cheque the amp on live performance.Everyone is different.
    I talked to the distributor about this amp-he said that DVJazz is small and loud.

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    Hi y'all,

    just bought myself this little toy! Well actually, it looks like a toy, it surely ain't one!
    Building quality is impressive, as always at DV Mark/Mark Bass I would say! I already owned a DV Mark Little 15 head with it feather-like cabinet that I really enjoy.
    Here are a few comments after just a couple of hours using it :
    - plugged my Orville by Gibson ES175 in it... and instantly got this warm and mellow jazzy sound I love!
    - Settings are quite straightforward, 1 vol, 1 bass, 1 med, 1 treble, 1 reverb, that's it. The medium pot especially provides drastic changes in the sound. Matter of fact, I think my ears wouldn't define it as a regular medium pot : when at 0, the sound is really clear and chimy, and when you put the mediums up, you get a darker sound, and if you push a little bit too much, the sound tends to get a bid muddy... But it definitely helps to get some vintage and warm vibes!
    - Reverb sounds a tad too "digital" for me, but if you keep it very low, it's ok.
    - The amp is very reactive and touch-responsive

    In conclusion, I would say I'm really happy for now with this new friend, it seems to be really perfect to play clean jazz sound... and I guess that's the only thing it can provide! I mean, I also tried to play a little bit of other kind of music (funk, rhythm'n'blues...) and it was way too muddy IMHO. But anyways, I already own a few other amps for that purpose and I really bought it to practice my jazz skills!
    I will try to put some demos online if this may help!

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    Well, it doesn't produce a lot of noise, like buzz or hum. However, it is not totally quiet, because for some reason I don't know, it has a small fan, like in a computer (well, smaller than a computer's). No big deal, that's not a lot of noise of course, but I can't say it's totally quiet.

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    Hi, guys,

    I just got one for a very reasonable 379€. Great little amp. Instant dark jazz tone with very punchy, articulated bass notes, kenny burell sound when used with a fulltone fatboost. Tone controls work great, epi es-175 really comes to life. My eastman ar-503 (slightly pimped with a lollar imperial low wind) sounds terrific as well: you can have the lively acoustic sound or a more mellow, darker sound with a mimum of tweaking the tone controls. There is a minimal background noise from the small fan ( not audible when recording with a sennheiser e609 directly in front of the amp), otherwise no hiss or hum. Loud enough for small living room or pub gigs, needs extra amping for real stage use of with larger bands. Xlr out works great for recording as well.
    Up to now, i only went for a jazz sound, I didn't try it for blues yet. Not too sure this will work; will experiment a bit and keep you posted. Really happy with it; great tone from a very small box. Way better than the zt lunchbox, with which i never was all too happy: very loud, but boxy sound. A keeper, i think.

    Bruno.

    ps great forum: quite a relief to find a civilised forum with so many terrific players - who don't look down their noses at struggling beginners...

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    Brubra, I couldn't agree more!
    I tried it for other sounds, like blues and funk, but honnestly, this is not its cup of tea : it produced a sound that is really too dark for these types of music, IMHO.
    And totally agree as well regarding the ZT Lunchbox : I used to own one, and sold it promptly : yes it was loud, and looked really cute, but sounded really boxy, and lacked of dynamics.
    This Italian little jazz clearly plays in a different league!
    I know I still have to record a few samples, I'm a bit busy on a luthery project these days...

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    Seems to me that the Quilter is a lot more amp for just a wee bit more money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRS
    Seems to me that the Quilter is a lot more amp for just a wee bit more money.
    +1

    I have a Quilter MicroPro 200 and I set up an A/B test with my Princeton last night using my Am Standard Strat and my big pedalboard and I could get a very, very similar sound -- the main difference being the Princeton is open back and the Quilter closed. The Quilter can get significantly louder than the Princeton. I am incredibly impressed with the Quilter. No, I won't replace my Princeton most of the time, but if I need more volume than the Princeton but less than a Twin, the Quilter is getting the call

    On the minus side, because it's so flexible, it's taken me a while to dial in that Fender BF sound. It's not nearly as plug-n-play as the Princeton, or a Pro Jr.

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    The LJ sounds great, Bruno. I'd be happy to have one.

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    I'm interested in this amp, but I'm a bit leery of the fan. Also I wish it had a little tilt back mechanism on the bottom.
    My bass player has a Markbass Micro, which looks to be mostly the same thing and similar spec. I'm guessing they retooled that design for a guitar voice. BTW, his microbass has great tone and sounds bigger than it is. Perhaps I'll wait to see if any of these start to pop up used on the GC website . . .

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    Hey guys,
    I finally took the time to record a few notes on my Little Jazz, so here it is!
    Recording was made with a Sennheiser e609 microphone directly connected to an iRig Pre interface into my iPad. Recording app was Focusrite Tape.

    Guitar is a Made in Japan 1993 Orville by Gibson ES175, neck pup (Classic 57).

    Please forgive the not-so-interesting playing...

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    Sounds great. How does the bass sound?



    Edit: never mind saw the demo vids
    Last edited by edh; 09-05-2014 at 10:26 PM.

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    So I got one of these not too long ago. Decent price & nice enough. Musician's Friend shipped it to me in no time! Power & tone is good . . . love the EQ and tone -- makes some of my not so perfect guitars sound quite nice! Loud enough for drums? maybe just barely, but I don't think so . . . Loud enough for my guitar & bass duo or solo . . . for sure!

    I hate hearing the fan for quiet practice, but I still love the amp. Old school jazz tones all day. The mid control is interesting . . . almost like a gain control too. Cool Italian design details (like the neat leather corners) but nothing special about the build quality. I'm not complaining mind you -- but if you are a cork-sniffing boutique purist, the details will not impress. More like a good buy for the money?

    I'm tempted to try the Little Jazz with my trio, but I'd hate to come up short since we don't gig all the time . . . maybe later . . . or with an extension cab. bottom line? Fun amp, but imperfect like all of 'em.

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    Tried one. Same size as my Baby Brute. Not as loud as my Baby Brute. Doesn't sound as good and isn't as versatile as my Baby Brute.

    One thing that concerns me ... it appears, (unless I couldn't see through the grill well enough) that the speaker in that amp has a foam surround like a car speaker. Maybe for increased bass range (or price point). In my experience, foam surrounds deteriorate rather quickly compared to accordion style surrounds.

    Also, not as much bass fullness as my Baby Brute.

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    Boy, an on/off switch for the fan would have been brilliant!! -- I may check into adding one eventually, or maybe just turn that sucker off . . . too bad DV Mark didn't think of it! Hard for me to see why a 45 watt SS amp needs a fan anyhow. Regarding the speaker surround, sort of a foam/rubber thing yes, but that speaker surely does sound good-- also an inverted dustcap in the middle -- I'm guessing it affects the sound dispersions in some interesting way too. . . .

    Regarding the Baby Brute comparison . . . the little DV Mark amp has plenty more bass than I need -- I tend to dial it down. Meanwhile, glad that old Polytone (and it's reverb) is still working . . . been there done that

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    I got crazy this afternoon & installed mini-toggle for an on/off switch for the fan! Thanks for the great idea Docbop

    a quick trip to radio shack, 1/2 hours work, and voila. works great, looks factory. Easier than I expected. I've only played about 20 minutes on the amp since the mod, but so far no heat -- it seems to run cool enough anyway, and I'm not a loud player. So all is good with the Little Jazz !!

    BTW, interesting to poke around inside. The amp chassis is very stout aluminum, and the guts of the amp are completely isolated from the speaker enclosure by plywood -- seems like pretty cool internal details to me . . .

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    Well done. But it does beg the question, why did they install a fan in the first place?

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    Well, chassis & basic amp guts look to be the same on the little jazz, the jazz 12", and the Markbass Microbass-- their standard platform for these few amps anyway. . . I'm guessing it can get hot in there if pushed --- I just haven't gotten the heat to show up yet-- but if I do, there's always that little switch now LOL

    My bass player has the Microbass & it sounds terrific. They are like little twins wearing different clothes! We didn't realize his fan was dead until I brought home the little jazz. I'm guessing the heat may come on quicker trying to push some bass? I don't really know . . . I guess time will tell. But one thing certain . . . pretty sure I voided the warranty this afternoon . .. oh well.

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    I gave the Little Jazz a go with my trio last night -- guitar, bass & drums in fairly quiet art gallery setting. The amp kept up just fine. In fact, I played the whole night with volume set just above 10 o'clock -- plenty loud and the drummer didn't always hold back either. Tones were good, but I did miss a little something extra in the bass. But my other players and another regular listener commented that my sound was good, so I guess that counts for something!

    I love the mid knob on this amp! As you turn up above noon, a bit of growl is added in too, thickening up the voice of the amp -- I find it very handy and easy to control. I think the limiting factor on higher volume is the speaker -- above a certain point the tone gets boxy. But I also find myself thinking that an extension cab could easily remedy this issue if a player wanted a little more volume on tap -- may have to explore that option a bit just for the fun of it!

    All in all, I'm very happy with the Little Jazz -- cool amp!

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    Just a very quick recording of the amp using my eastman ar-503 (killer guitar...); left channel is the xlr output, right channel miked. I'm not a very good player, but the sound is (to my ears) really nice, and the recording is a correct reproduction of what the amp sounds like: no effects at all, no editing in Logic. I'm a happy camper!


    PS: Of course, I forgot the link:



    best regards,

    Bruno.

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    Bruno - can you remember what EQ settings you used for the recording ?

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    Sure. Bass 12 o'clock, mid 1, high 11. Reverb at 9; on the guitar: tone approximately 2/3rds rolled off. The eastman has la bella 14 tapewounds; this nicely counters the somewhat bright character of the guitar. No other effects or editing whatsoever; straight into boss looper, and then recorded with logic. Playing could be better, but the recording sound true.


    best regards,

    bruno.

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    I just played a gig last weekend with the little jazz with a jazz quartet, then a rock set.
    it held up well with acoustic (not mic'd) drums.
    great Mao & very portable!

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    I've just bought one of these amps and, as many others here agree, it sounds great and is plenty loud enough for many gigs. If you need more power, there's the extension cab option, or direct out into the PA system.

    But(why is there always a but), there's the issue of fan noise. It starts fairly quietly when you first switch on and gets progressively louder. You would not notice it on gigs, even on solo jazz guitar gigs, but for home practising and recording it is a distraction. So I contacted DV Mark in Italy to express my concerns and to see if there is any solution to the problem.

    They were very helpful but emphasised that the fan is an essential part of the design and should under no circumstances be disabled in any way, even temporarily. Otherwise, permanent damage could be caused. They stated that they believe the fan to be one of the quietest on the market.

    So, there we have it - go for the great sound and accept the fan noise, or look elsewhere. I'll give it a couple of months to see how things go, but I'll probably keep mine.

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    I'm very happy with my little fan on/off switch. I wouldn't expect DV Mark to endorse the practice, but I play quietly most of the time with the fan off -- the amp generates very little heat -- hard to imagine much trouble coming from it. But it's a risk I'm happy to take for the blissfully silent operation

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    Femi Temowo, a top player here on the London scene, just got one and loves it. He's filmed a video demo:


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    DV Mark Little Jazz-little-jazz-mini-stack-jpgDV Mark Little Jazz-little-jazz-fan-switch-jpg
    So here's a pic of my "triple-blonde mini-stack"
    Little Jazz, Ear Candy Cab, Epiphone ES 175 Premium.
    I may have been doing a bit too much retail therapy these days . . . LOL

    I got the idea for the cab after my one gig with the Little Jazz sitting up on a chair. I thought it would look much nicer sitting on top of a speaker cab -- and this is what happened. The cab sounds just great and adds lots of volume. I'm becoming something of an Ear Candy fan boy. . .

    The second pic shows my somewhat controversial fan switch install. Not much to see -- looks factory to me. I love it despite the hypothetical danger to the amp. I play quiet at home 95% of the time and the fan is loud enough to drive me crazy in that context. Even though there is very little heat coming off the amp, every so often I turn on the fan & go "oh yeah, this is why I put in that switch!" Like DV Mark somehow didn't realize jazz guitarists might have sensitive ears? Come on design teams . . . .

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    Cool looking stack. I just recently got a 1x10 jazz guitar cab and a 1x12 bass cab from EarCandy and I have to say I'm a fan too. Although if you are going to lug all that to a gig why not just get a more powerful amp?

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    I do realize the irony of the micro-stack -- buy a small amp & try to make it bigger . . . Doh! but it is fun & I really do love the sound of the Little Jazz. I like it with flat-top acoustic too. I have other louder amps but loud isn't a big issue in my music world most of the time. Mostly, I play at the occasional art gallery opening, and this will fit the bill very nicely.

    Like I said, part of it's function is to get the amp up off the ground -- rather than a chair or amp stand. Basically, the Little jazz is functioning as a head. And BTW, none of this stuff is big or heavy -- it looks bigger in the picture than it really is. . . you may notice the guitar is sitting behind the amps . . . (for photographic effect) The cab is maybe 20 lbs? . . . not sure.

    I love micro-gear -- I hope they keep coming up with new cool tiny amps & stuff

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    I really like that neat job with the fan switch. I just knew that I couldn't do the same, so I sent my amp back to the dealer. That could be the amp I returned - on Thomann for £285!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Longways to Go
    Like I said, part of it's function is to get the amp up off the ground -- rather than a chair or amp stand. Basically, the Little jazz is functioning as a head. And BTW, none of this stuff is big or heavy -- it looks bigger in the picture than it really is. . . you may notice the guitar is sitting behind the amps . . . (for photographic effect) The cab is maybe 20 lbs? . . . not sure.

    I love micro-gear -- I hope they keep coming up with new cool tiny amps & stuff
    I've been leaning toward that thinking with the Quilter MicroPro 8. Carry a good cab, maybe a single 12, thinking of the Quilt as a head. But in an emergency, or small gigs, the head has a built-in speaker. Hmmm...