Re: Hartke or Carvin

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Posted by John on September 13, 2000 at 15:24:25:

In Reply to: Hartke or Carvin posted by Barry on August 23, 2000 at 07:51:50:

: I'm trying to choose between the Hartke kickback 15 or the Carvin PB200-15. What reputations do the two products have? They both can be purchased over the internet ( usually at a better price than in a store). I can't find any seller of peavey tnt on the net.( this was the third choice I came up with by reading the old post). So it's between the Hartke or Carvin. The bass does have active pickups. The amp is for practice (and maybe church or school jazzband down the road.)
: Thanks for your opinions.
: Barry

I have been playing a Guild B-301 and a Keith Roscoe LG-3005 through a PB200-15 for 2-1/2 years.
Here is what I know... It is louder than the original an SWR Workingman's 15. I didn't care for
the Hartke kickback. It is a really good sounding amp and I have had no real problems, although I did start
to get a few crakling sounds and I had to tighten up a few things inside and that fixed it. There is one thing...
ACCORDING TO THE MANUAL, YOU CAN'T ADD AN EXTENSION CABINET. There is one out for 160 watts at 8 ohms (minimum)
and 2 outs for 80 watts at 4 ohms (The 15" combo speaker is 8 ohms). Despite this, I added a 10" Flite Sound cabinet,
that really improved the high mids/highs, in parallel out of the 8 ohm output and so far the amp hasn't blown up.
Another point, because it has no gain control, really high output basses will overdrive the amp to the point of
crackling the speaker (This happened on a Ibanez). But for a first amp and/or for $400 bucks, I don't think you can beat it.
I tried out everything close and it was the best. I have seen them used for $200, but I'm not sure I'd buy a used Carvin amp.
As for me, I'm in the market for a Ampeg SVT III Pro or SVP-Pro pre-amp and a Stewart 600/1.2 World Power amp. With a SKB
case I'll have 600/1200 watts and approx. 30lbs. But that is in an entirely different price range from the PB200-15.

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