Posted by rybij on July 23, 2000 at 10:08:43:
In Reply to: Re: Carvin or SWR? posted by Guy on July 13, 2000 at 07:23:07:
: : I currently own a Fender BXR 100 amp.I'am thinking of selling it,and getting something better.I'm stuck between a Carvin PB200-15,or an SWR workingmans 15.I realize that it is ultimately up to me to decide,but since Carvin amps are mail order only,I thought maybe someone could offer some insight.Thank you all for any help you may give.
: : I would have to agree w/ Pat on the tonal quality of the Carvins. I tried a 2x10 combo w/ redline head and it sounded like a fork on a dinner plate. Semi-parametric ranges are somewhat limited/effective. As for reliability, before I got a good used Ampeg SVT-III Pro, I researched the Carvin and found that reliability (heads) is lagging...and the customer service is also reported to be poor. After several attempts w/ emails, I did finally get a response from a Carvin marketing type who disagreed w/ some of the negative comments people had reported (another e-bulletin board) using Carvin amps (imagine that!). One one positive note, Bunny Brunel uses the Cyclops in most of his gigs (according to an email response). As Pat said, you do get what you pay for and while Carvin amps (redline series and other bass amps)are price-attractive, let the buyer beware. In my case, I opted for a used higher-quality amp vs a new Carvin.
Just an observation here, comments welcome - I bought a Carvin PB-300
(4x12, 1x18) in 1983 and for several years enjoyed the reliability and sound of
the amp. Using a Carvin LB-40 bass (passive, replaced the pickups with Bill
Lawrence humbuckers) I had a unique sound in the area that many people
remarked on. Kinda Billy Sheehan-like without many of the acrobatics.
I've retired the head few years ago to be my practice amp. I now own a
Peavey Bassfex going through a Peavey CS-800 power amp. I'M STILL USING THE
ORIGINAL MAGNALAB SPEAKERS and am more power into them than their rated ability
and they still ROCK! Since 1983 I bought an LB-75 Custom bass from them and
also a 5-string acoustic. They also both are excellent. (I need a slight nut
adjustment on the LB-75).
This doesn't have any relevance to the original question, but I just thought
I'd let you know I'm happy with Carvin's quality and service on these matters.
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