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Carvin micro bass or ? #2577658 03/05/14 01:11 AM
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I need a couple of bass amps. One for myself and one for my nephew. I like the looks and specs for the Carvin Micro Bass amps
http://www.carvinguitars.com/bassamps/microbass.php

Anyone have any experience with the Carvins? This is the size and power range that I believe will do the trick. I have looked at the Markbass mini
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifiers-effects/markbass-mini-cmd-121p-1x12-bass-combo-amp

The Markbass has more power on tap so that could be a factor and it cost more. Any other candidates in this form factor power range that I should be looking at?

Any insights on the Carvin or the Markbass? They carry the Markbass at GC so I have checked it out on several occasions never tried the Carvins since they are only online unless you live near the factory. frown

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Re: Carvin micro bass or ? [Re: BadLife] #2577679 03/05/14 02:53 AM
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I'd vote for the middle one on the Carvin page, if for no reason other than it is pretty much equivalent and costs less than half as much as the Markbass one.

I've owned various pieces of Carvin equipment and never had any problems.

Re: Carvin micro bass or ? [Re: jeremy c] #2577752 03/05/14 11:26 AM
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I still use a Carvin Redline 1000 amp, and generally like it. I also have several other pieces of Carvin gear (guitar, PA). Their customer service has been good to me. I think it's a good deal.


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Re: Carvin micro bass or ? [Re: Danzilla] #2577800 03/05/14 01:15 PM
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I checked out that Carvin twelve and was underwhelmed. Ran out of gas too quickly, more power needed IMHO. Had one of their 2x10 cabs fifteen+ years ago, it was ok.


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Well are there any other amps in that form factor that do a better job? Would it work better with the extension cabs they have? I don't need anything to play arenas, just something to practice and jam with.

How about this one? It's not a whole lot bigger and has more power.

http://www.carvinguitars.com/products/BX500-210

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That markbass combo would probably be pretty great. I have the same thing but as separate head and cab. Alone, 350 Watts into 1 12, you'll easily keep pace with a couple guits, full kit... Add the extension cab, and it ups to 500 watts, and they'll ask you to turn down.

If it seems pricey, or the carvin seems underpowered, ask yourself what you really want to use it for.

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Re: Carvin micro bass or ? [Re: DJR_Bos] #2577974 03/05/14 06:31 PM
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Yes that is the question. In my case I just need something to pratice and jam with so the Carvin would probably work for me. I primarily play guitar. My nephew may need more output in the future, but for now the Carvin would probably be fine. He plays in a band but he has guitar duties right now. I have not selected a bass for myself but it's not a good idea to run a bass through a guitar amp which I have in abundance. Guess it's OK if you plug in a base cab.
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I would just as soon get an amp first, kind of a chicken and egg sort of situation laugh

Re: Carvin micro bass or ? [Re: BadLife] #2577992 03/05/14 07:52 PM
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Peavey is introducing 2 small bass heads and cabs to complement them. The word from the guys at BassGear magazine is that they are very impressive.

MiniMax ($299)
http://www.peavey.com/news/index.cfm/id/761/Peavey%26reg%3B%20R

MiniMega ($399)
http://www.peavey.com/news/index.cfm/id/762/Peavey%20Electro.html


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In my experience the bass rig that should work for nearly every situation and transports well would be something like 300W driving a 1x12 cab.

The Markbass Mini CMD 121P fits the bill and only weighs 29.3 lbs. My only complaint is it doesn't have a tilt back feature. That's easy enough to fix, though, with an amp stand.

On paper the Carvin MB12 is close, but its 200W-as-delivered amp is confirmed to be a bit short by Bob. (Perhaps the downward-slanting woofer has something to do with it, too?)

The Carvin BR515 (1x15) looks nice (300W) but weighs in at 57.5 lbs. You might do better to get the BX500 head (5.8 lbs) and find a lighter cab.

Peavey's Tour TKO115 (1x15) looks interesting (400W) but is a tremendous 73 lbs!

Hartke's HyDrive 112C might be underpowerd (250W) and weighs 57.2 lbs.

Fender Rumble 500? 350W, 2x10, 36.5 lbs.

Eden EGRW1264? 300W, 1x12, 34.6 lbs.

Other manufacturers listed here.

Re: Carvin micro bass or ? [Re: Eric VB] #2578028 03/05/14 10:19 PM
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This does look interesting but no extension speaker out.

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Rum500C/

This is also interesting

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifier...2-cabinet-stack

The MarkBass is nice, I wish it was a little less expensive but perhaps you get what you pay for.

The Gallien-Krueger looks nice also but not idea what it weighs of how big it is

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifier...-bass-combo-amp

Well I have come to the conclusion that choosing a bass amp is just as much trouble as a guitar amp except I know what to expect with the guitar amps laugh

Re: Carvin micro bass or ? [Re: BadLife] #2578459 03/07/14 12:57 AM
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there's no shortage of options, clearly, so how does one choose? i like to find as many as possible to play through myself. every single time i've looked at acquiring a piece of amplification i have been able to eliminate leading candidates almost immediately by playing them. you may find that the slightly expensive mark bass in indispensable or completely forgettable. and you may find that you prefer the tone of GK over eden, or whatever.

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That is so true but my testing options are limited to what GC has on hand or whatever they have at the pro shop. I have checked out the Markbass and it seems like it would work if it's good quality and if they cut a heck of a deal. I don't like the price for what I need it for. But as you say it might prove to be the best tool for the job tired

The other factor is I need two bass amps, although they would not have to be the same. They do both need to be really small I got two many guitar amps and my nephew has no room for a SVT and sweet 16 setup ( which is about the only bass setup I am familiar with, that used to be the holy grail for bass for some people). crazy

Re: Carvin micro bass or ? [Re: BadLife] #2578807 03/08/14 03:36 AM
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I own and gig Carvin gear (BX500 specifically) from time to time. My bass has also been mixed, amplified and/or heard through FOH Carvin gear from time to time. Its as professional quality as anything else - and made in the USA. We all have preferences but the biggest complaint that I hear about Carvin is that you can't try it out at Guitar Center. But then, I've heard alot of complaints about Guitar Center.

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I mean, c'mon guys - I practice, rehearse and gig through different manufacturers gear. I still sound like me and my bass still sounds like a bass to everyone else regardless. Good grief there is a lot of hair splitting with this stuff.

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I've had a GK MB 200 combo for 25 years, I've only had to replace a power supply (from Eurpoean to dual voltage), and the internal 10" speaker (the arid and dusty conditions of Iraq messed up the cone and it literally flaked apart, good fuzztone, though.) I'm totally sold on GK gear for durability.

I'd recommend this, larger speaker and small size. GK MB 150S-112 it's $150 less than the Markbass listed on MF.

If I had the money, the muscles, the space, and the need, I'd get this Trace Elliott 500 W 2x 10 I used a house provided Trace Elliott for a year, I really loved its live sound on stage, and the sound guy loved having the XLR option.

Speaking of that, MF has really gotten lazy with their listing, weight and dimension are obvious factors, but they don't list them anywhere.

I agree with Imogene, playing electric bass in a live setting, an amp is an amp is an amp. Recording wise an amp makes a difference, but you could also use something like a Tech 21 VT bass pedal (live or studio) to get a classic sound.


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Originally Posted By: Bottom End
(the arid and dusty conditions of Iraq messed up the cone and it literally flaked apart, good fuzztone, though.)


OT: Just curious as to how your bass held up in that environment?

And to steer back on track: What I've learned so far from this thread is that players that use gear from Carvin, Markbass, Gallien Krueger, Peavey, Trace Elliott, others, etc. are generally happy with the performance. Gear is good and everybody has their preference. From what has been discussed? There are no bad choices, only preferences.

OT again: I think its much more about the bass itself and how one manipulates that (Snarky Puppy thread comes to mind).

Amps just make you louder.

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Originally Posted By: Imogene
There are no bad choices, only preferences.



And that is a pretty cool thing. Back in the day, it wasn't at all true.

Me? I like using my PA gear for bass. But you all knew that.


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Well this has been interesting for me cool
I have been looking at everything shocked
Although some interesting options have been mentioned I think the Carvin Microbass will work for me. I will have to get one and give it a shot. As far as I can tell I would have 10 days to send it back if it's not what I need laugh

I keep getting this uneasy feeling that I might end up with more than one idk

I still have to go through the process of deciding on a bass for myself. I think my nephew will be happy with the Epi Thunderbird Pro for now cool

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