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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:39 pm 
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I have a 1982 X100B - a rare animal because of the 4 volume knobs and 1 input. I have had it since it was made and will never part with it. But, it shines mostly in the clean mode. The overdrive channel does not have enough balls for anything I do. But, add my BB to the mix, and that all changes. I also have a Legacy I combo. As much as I loved the tone from that amp, it was just way to loud. Of course, now that I am selling it, I can see how I could work around that problem, but I much prefer my ED to anything I have ever played. I will always keep the X100B as a backup to the ED, but I hope to keep using the ED until I die. I only had one technical issue with my Carvin gear: the X100B blew out the 5-band graphic. Fortunately, a good local tech was able to correct that. I also never cared for how the X100B's tone controls were active; meaning they affect the gain. The bass was always way too strong, so I had to keep it turned down. Even the graphic EQ affects the gain. It's still a killer amp, but it pales in comparison to my ED.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:09 pm 
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Many years ago I considered a Carvin Amp. However, I was already hooked by a Mark III. My bass player used Carvin. I was impressed on the sound quality. I did not really think much of Carvin since they do not sell through distribution like the other brands, so it is hard to spend the money without trying it first. I did not even think twice when I bought the MKIV. Never crossed my mind before buying the MKV. I am considering it now, but do I need it?

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:15 pm 
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There is a 100w tube head Carvin on Rig Talk for 350. You could try it, maybe have FJA mod it to your desires and be 900 all done with a killer custom tube head of your voicing.

My first amp was the old Carvin 100w tube head. Great amp. Should have kept it. They are a great company and I would say they have earned a good rep the old fashioned way with good service and great gear on the cheap.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:40 am 
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I have been watching ebay, I bought three carvin guitars that way. I have my eye on a V3 head. I may even consider V3M combo. How many amps is too many? Dumb question to ask in an amp forum. I have had people complain to me that I have too many guitars. In my books, Carvin makes the best guitars. I have tried fender, gibson, ibenez, yamaha, if I want to include acoustics - even owned a martin d28 but sold that for college funds.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 12:39 pm 
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I use an old X100B for my cleans, until I sell some stuff and get a Lonestar. For high gain, the Carvin V3 does a decent job, although I personally like Rectos more.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 9:01 pm 
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I have narrowed down why I want another amp. I was considering the V3 since it is primarily an EL34 amp, has some nice tones to it. I have been on the Carvin forums to find out as much as possible (likes or dislikes, issues, problems, etc...). In reality Carvins are just like any other boutique amps including Mesa, they all have pros and cons. Since I already have two moderate to high gain amps already (Mark V and Mark IV), what would be different would be an RA100 which I believe would be a better fit for what I am looking for. I was almost sold on a Dynamo GT6, but I think 200W would be a bit over the top, I do not believe the amp has a means for reduction in power other than the volume control. Also it does not have reverb. The RA100 on the other hand has the attenuators on the output as well as 50W mode. The more I learn about the RA100 the more I want it. I should have a third amp before the end of the year, unless something else comes up to delay that. As for guitars, that is all I have, and I plan on getting a few more. I will have to check out the Lonestar amp. I am still looking but now my sights are set on the RA100. I was tempted to pick up a used Electa Dyne combo a few weeks ago. It sounded really good, even better when someone else was playing though it.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 3:18 pm 
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Rkorn wrote:
To play mainly high gain stuff... compared to the Mark V. I really liked the Mark, but my luthier says Mesa is terrible and Carvin is Great. He doesn't play that much high gain... opinions?

Carvin = Yuk.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:13 pm 
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I just bought a Carvin V3MC. At first I was not impressed but after checking the bias, it was way off. Set it where it belonged, and changed one preamp tube (secondary stages for the high gain channels, reduction in tube gain JAN/GE 5751). What a world of difference that made. This little amp sounds just as great as my Mark IV combo. It may not be as loud and robust but it performs great and weighs in at halt the weight of the Mark IV. Construction is not all that bad either. The chassis is well made, cabinet not bad. I opted for the Carvin branded GT12. I took it out to try the WGS Black Hawk in it. Put the GT12 in the extension cab that I run the Mark IV though. WOW, the Carvin speaker blew me away (running in parallel with a Fane Studio in the Mark Iv. I put it back in the V3MC and could not be happier. Plugged this little EL84 50W amp into my 412 with Celestion V30 and it sounded great. I bought this as a travel amp so I do not have to lug around my Mesa boogies. If I were to gig in a band, it would be hard to decide what amp to use. I guess it all depends on that tone I am after. Most likely the Mark V is the top on my list followed by the RA100.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 6:53 am 
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I had three carvin amps. All 100w valve heads-- first their MTS3200, then the V3 and finally the x100b reissue. The MTS has glorious cleans but the the dirty channel was just adequate. Verdict is It didn't have a place in my arsenal. Next up was the V 3. Loved it out of the box. Beat the hell out of it. It shorted out and smoked my studio one day and is still on the shelf fried. That was heartbreaking. Next up was the x100B. This baby sings. I have it set as a hot rodded JCM 800. It's a versatile great sounding made in USA PRO GRADE piece of kit.

For full disclosure, I just got my first Mesa about two months ago. Like it a lot. I also have and Engl Morse, Engle Blackmore, Marshall JVM 210, Jcm 800 and and 1977 un modded SLP. Also Rockerverb MKI and a block letter 5150.


The Carvin's are great values and hang with the big boys.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 7:23 am 
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I have not bothered with other Carvin amps. I did consider a V3 but why would I need it, I have a Roadster, RA100, Mark V, Mark IV and the small but heavy Carvin V3MC. Comparing quality of the only Carvin amp to any of my Mesa amps, no comparison. The components used on the Mesa products (control knobs, pots, switches, cabinet construction, coverings, etc...) is far better than any other products I have compared too, including Carvin. However, when it comes to Carvin guitars including the new Kiesel custom branded instruments, the are made of great quality. Most of the other brand of guitars I have tried seem cheesy when compared to the Carvin quality and workmanship regarding the instruments. That may explain why I have 10 Carvins.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:37 am 
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Just sold a 1984 carvin x100b head , 6l6 , fixed bias , would not call it high gain , built like a tank , great clean channel , reverb was fantastic , I've heard people complain about the lead channel , but I thought it was great !

31 years old , and still going .


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:35 pm 
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I love my V3, its one of the older ones, probably got it 6 months after they started making them. Ordered the matching 4X12 loaded with vintage 30's and the footswitch also at the same time. Works great, sounds phenomenal for a lot of different stuff, great build quality. I have been through a lot of different amps but that one is a keeper! Pretty tough to beat their prices for what you get that's for sure.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 5:27 pm 
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Recently sold my X100B to get Carvin 412VB (with V30s) for my Mark III, actually got $100 more than I paid for it just 4 years ago. That said, it was a solid amp and relatively versatile, though not in the same league as the III. As many have said, it had a great clean sound and the reverb was killer too. Crunch and hard rock / early metal tones were solid too. For anything heavier, though, an OD pedal was needed. Wouldn't have minded keeping it, but considering I made money off of it, I'm not upset. The Mark III certainly helped the transition too... :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 11:03 am 
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Just added a V3M to my arsenal. Needed something small, inexpensive and versatile. The first head was a blem from Fleabay. It started dropping volume, but since I had a full warranty, I called Carvin. Instead of repairing the head, they sent me a brand new one and a return shipping label for the original. No issues since. After a few tube changes....the little beast shines! I will still use my Boogies for live performances, but will use the V3M for practices.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:54 pm 
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soundchaser59 wrote:
Nobody has any reliability issues with their Carvin amps??


funny you should ask...

years ago i had one of their MTS (master tube series) and had to send the chassis back to them twice for repair. btw, this model is was the platform original Legacy model. it's been over 15 years so i can't remember what the problem was but i think it had something to do w/the transformer.

i also had their AG100D amp and that one just up and died on me too. i was just out of the warranty but they were good enough to replace it for free (the amp portion, not cab and all)

hopefully they've improved their build quality but i can tell you that it is night and day peering into a mesa chassis vs a carvin chassis. the mesa's definitely are built more ruggedly whereas the Carvins do look less road worthy in comparison.

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