Re: Down the drain or good buy?

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Posted by Pat Harrington on July 19, 2000 at 18:02:01:

In Reply to: Down the drain or good buy? posted by Kev on July 19, 2000 at 11:03:46:

: Hi Everybody,

: I've been lurking on this board for a little while and I'm really impressed with the knowledge and maturity of you guys. I'm sure this question has been addressed thoroughly already but I couldn't find much posted recently on this specifically so sorry if this is a common question.

: I play guitar(1year) and on a recent trip to a local store I saw some crazy hippie looking guy on a video doing things with a bass that completely blew me away. I asked the sales guy "WHO IS THAT?!" He didn't know but he asked around and then told me "Some guy named Jack-o." That was it for me. I'm looking to buy a bass and amp and get started. My dilemma is concerning buying a new Carvin Bass. Peoples opinions on Carvin stuff seem to be love or hate with no in betweens. I believe in "you get what you pay for" but the allure of an american made custom bass at half the price of other basses with comparable features is powerful. Specifically I'm looking at a Bunny Brunel 4 or 5 string model. So for you experienced people out there(El Pajaro, Brock, Pat Harrington for example) who have played dozens of instruments, what's your real impression of Carvin basses? I know resale is low on these and that's not a big concern. For what I want I'm going to pay around $1000 and if you guys think it's a bad move I'd REALLY appreciate it if you could give me compelling reason(s) to or not to pull the trigger on a Carvin Bass. They appear to be a great value for the money and I'm just not motivated by cheap/starter basses-even though I know that's all I really need. Thanks in advance for your help.

: kev

Hey all...

Living in So. Cal, there are 3 Carvin showrooms within an hours drive
from my house that I visit occasionally for misc. items, so when I do
hit a Carvin shop, I always end up noodling on a couple Carvin basses
to see what they're up to. They make so many different models and
variations, it's impossible to be an expert on them, but what I can
tell you from checking a few out is that they are very well made,
offer TONS of options, and are priced VERY reasonably for what
you get. Bass guitars are kind of like women...Some guys like
blondes, brunets, short, tall, whatever..Bottom line though..
TRY BEFORE YOU BUY!!!! Form your own opinions, try as many instruments
as you can, and go from there...Carvin makes good, honest gear,
I'm just not a fan of their bass heads....Remember:: Things are
only appealing relative to their next best alternative, and I give
Carvin Basses a "two thumbs up"...

Rock on..

Pat H

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