I’m (hopefully) about to join my first small local band, and I’m currently amp-less (using a Fender Mustang Micro headphone amp). I don’t really know what sort of rehearsal rooms and eventually hopefully gig venues I’ll be playing in, so I’m thinking go loud enough not to need to replace the amp before long.
There’s a used Markbass Ninja 102-500 that looks in good condition on Facebook Marketplace near me for exactly the same price as a new Fender Rumble 500 at my local music shop (580 GBP). Which would you say would suit me better? Anything I should look or listen for in particular if I go and check out the Markbass? Any other suitable options for me in that price bracket?
My basic philosophy is to never buy new gear unless you absolutely have to. This is a prime example of why - much better value proposition, and someone else has already taken the depreciation hit. The second a new amp is delivered, it’s used anyway, and your resale value just tanked off the price you paid for it. Much better for someone else to take that hit.
Sound is king here but if you can’t compare the two I’d go for the used Markbass. If you don’t end up liking it you can recoup all your $$$ or most all Vs the hit you will take on the Fender as @howard states. There is not a losing scenario with the markbass that can’t be fixed. Not so with the $$$ hit on the fender. And later you might find that fender used if the markbass doesn’t work out.