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Posted by Karel Kerstiens on February 29, 2000 at 01:02:50:

In Reply to: Help me find a bass amp! posted by Karel Kerstiens on February 27, 2000 at 23:34:49:

First, I'd love to thank you guys for your input and opinions on the Eden and SWR gear. Your opinions pretty much echo what I've been hearing from other respectable bassists. As it turns out, I've decided to give Carvin a try. Today, I ordered the "Red Line" series "R600 600 watt" head, along with the RL210T (2x10 cabinet) and the RL115 (single 15") cabinet. Even though the list on the stack was $2285.00, by ordering directly from Carvin (, I was able to get the entire stack, including shipping and handling for $1159.00. Even though I am not the "mail order" kind of guy, I feel somewhat calmed by the fact that Carvin has a 10-day trial period (not including shipping time) to return the rig for a full, no-questions-asked refund. Also calming is the fact that I have heard and seen reviews on this setup that at least rivals the reviews and comments I have noticed surrounding the Eden product line. What I also find appealing is the fact that Carvin refuses to allow music stores to stock their line by dealing exclusively and directly with the bassist. This cuts out the "middlemen" and therefore; also cuts down the prices considerably (or, so they claim).

Have any of you had any experience with the Carvin line? Their customer service? If so, please give me your thoughts, because apparently, my ordering of this equipment is not a "final choice" according to the Carvin guarantee. I have noticed that (sporadically) I have seen respectable bassists using Carvin bass amps and/or enclosures. In these few instances, I've been pretty impressed with the tone I've heard from this equipment, but as we all know, 70% of "tone" comes from the bassists' fingers and overall technique anyway (regardless of the equipment used). I thank you all in advance for your thoughts - rock ON!

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