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Tweed, Snakeskin, or Country Western??? #2643902 11/28/14 04:48 PM
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Ladies and Gentlemen;

So I've unloaded some unused gear on Craigslist. The '87 Carvin DC200, Mackie SRM150, and a strat-style raw neck are no longer living at my house. Gonna buy the Carvin amp... this one: http://www.carvinguitars.com/products/AG300

It's the 3 channel with effects version of the bass combo. It'll work with low and mid (with an additional speaker) volume bass gigs, and for my solo guitar and singing gigs. Multi-tasking is what it's about.

But what color tolex should I get? Not a solid color, as the patterns should hide road rash better. So it's between Tweed, Snakeskin, or Country Western (well...brown).

I hope I can make this Poll Manager thing happen.

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Tweed, Snakeskin, or Country Western?
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Tweed (33%, 5 Votes)
Snakeskin (47%, 7 Votes)
Country Western (20%, 3 Votes)
Total Votes: 15
Voting on this poll ends: 11/30/14 07:45 PM

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Re: Tweed, Snakeskin, or Country Western??? [Re: Paul K] #2643921 11/28/14 05:49 PM
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The real question is, why isn't red fur an option?


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I got a brand new combo on the stage side
Made from rattlesnake hide


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I've actually been considering the 2-10 combo and since they were offering this option at no cost I gave it some consideration myself.

As much as I am NOT country western, I think that looks pretty damn sharp. Tweed looks cool but I can see it looking dirty fairly quick. Snake Skin is OK if you are strictly an 80's hair band.


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that country-western looks good...too bad they don't have a tuck-and-roll option, though.


Re: Tweed, Snakeskin, or Country Western??? [Re: hurricane hugo] #2644004 11/29/14 08:49 AM
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I can't say that I'm a Carvin fan. And a lot of that is associated with their direct to consumer model. The lack of availability of their product for musicians to demo before purchasing is a dealbreaker for me. As such, I've looked at them as the Amway of musical gear.

I know that someone will bring up their return policies. And lenient return policies are all well and good. But I think when you're talking about something like a musical instrument or amp that in person demo experience is very important.

If you are determined to get this Carvin amp? I would go with either the Tweed or the Country / Western. No offense, but the snakeskin would make you look a bit like a tool.


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Re: Tweed, Snakeskin, or Country Western??? [Re: Nicklab] #2644013 11/29/14 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted By: Nicklab
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I do understand and somewhat agree with your analysis of the business model. However, most of the gear that I buy are niche items. Fretless basses, headless guitars, flatwound single strings to create my own 12-string gauge, nylon tapewound bass strings with a damn high C string, one particular mic model. Local and non-local (Hour or two away) don't have what I want so I'm always doing mail order or ebay anyway.

That, and in this case there's nothing else on the market like it: three channel, two built in effects engines, phantom power, and still bass friendly at 31 lbs. It's only missing a built-in chromatic tuner. I adore just a touch of reverb and chorus on bass-- so no damn footpedal needed. Just plug and play for at least 90% of my gigs (with an extra speaker that I already own), at 1/4 or less than the price of the Bose unit....... and easier to transport than the Bose unit. (Unless I'm overlooking someone else's product?) Mix in some good luck that I've had with other Carvin products, and they should put me on the payroll.

That, and Carvin finally shitcanned the million-band equalizer. I hate those things.
I'm going to call when I order and see if they will swap the speaker to the neo one for an upcharge. That'd be cool. Worth a shot, no?


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Re: Tweed, Snakeskin, or Country Western??? [Re: Nicklab] #2644033 11/29/14 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted By: Nicklab
No offense, but the snakeskin would make you look a bit like a tool.

Pffft! Wrongo. I think snakeskin is HOT, and the masses seem to agree with me.


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Eh, anything besides black carpet or tolex is gonna make you look like a tool to somebody so might as well go for it.


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Re: Tweed, Snakeskin, or Country Western??? [Re: kenfxj] #2644064 11/29/14 03:47 PM
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I see the word "snakeskin" and it flashes me back to the plinky-shredder time of ridiculously loud guitar amp stacks like this one:



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Nice Bo Diddley reference Ken!

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I knew you'd get that one Wally. grin


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I hear ya Nick but I would get a snakeskin combo because it's silly rather than cool.

Personally I would go for black or another solid color like dark red or dark green tolex. Given the three choices above I'd take snakeskin.

I'd go all 11th Doctor on 'em, "It's snakeskin. I have a snakeskin combo now. Snakeskin is cool."


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There's just something classy about tweed.


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Originally Posted By: jeremy c
http://www.tdpri.com/forum/attachments/amp-central-station/118352d1331574694t-grill-cloth-material-tie-dye-fender-bandmaster-tie-dye-jpg


That grill cloth is cool. Got me thinking (I know..."danger") The grill on the Carvin is metal. But my Linda is talented and crafty with a paint brush.......


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Re: Tweed, Snakeskin, or Country Western??? [Re: Nicklab] #2644114 11/29/14 09:17 PM
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Tweed for Class
Snakeskin for Flash


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Originally Posted By: jcadmus
The real question is, why isn't red fur an option?


This.

Simply because Duck Dunn and Steve Cropper are both in the photo.


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NOBODY disses Murph.


p.s. Or Tom "Bones" Malone.
Don't you be dissin' Bones, neither.



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Originally Posted By: Flemtone
There's just something classy about tweed.


Agreed - it's timeless and will never go out of style.


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OMG this is exciting. I can hardly wait.....


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Originally Posted By: Basshappi
Tweed for Class
Snakeskin for Flash


So originally I was going to just order the winner of the poll. But this post made sense. I want people to look at me, damn it, not the amp.

Tweed it is.


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I didn't see they offer other options. Navy for me.


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Oh sure, blame me! grin
(I voted for Snakeskin)


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Hardest decision of my life......


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Originally Posted By: Paul K
Hardest decision of my life......

If the poll results are binding, easiest decision of your life.


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Originally Posted By: Nicklab
I see the word "snakeskin" and it flashes me back to the plinky-shredder time of ridiculously loud guitar amp stacks like this one:


I absolutely love snakeskin, but the amps in this picture look...kinda weird.

Could you post samples of what each option would look like on the finished product?


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The snakeskin looks like the Soldano's snakeskin, near as I can figure.

So Tweed. And dig this: The guy on the phone let me do the neo speaker upgrade for the price difference on the raw speakers, and was able to swap the damn footswitch that I'll never use for an amp cover. Free shipping. Done in 5 minutes.

Yes, you can expect a review, but it'll take awhile with the holidays and all. I'll even post a pic even though it's not a fish.

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So. It came today. Tweed was a good choice. The Neo speaker knocked three lbs or so off; I was expecting a little more, but that is what the bathroom scale said. Fat content, water content, and bone density came up "error" because I left my shoes on.

Keep in mind this is an initial gig-free opinion. Bass sounds good, better/bigger when I add another 12". Plenty of headroom, and was enough to annoy my spouse. It was easy to dial in the right amount of chorus and reverb--just a touch. Big and ballsy, the room rattled before the amp did. Flat settings on EQ. Nitch filled. The "bass only" version of the cabinet would prove to be a righteous little fella, but for "bass only" application I'd probably prefer the 15" version which is also $30 cheaper than the 3-way 12" version.

For guitars and vocals:
The controls for the FX don't have detentes, but I knew that from previous experience with my powered mixer. Lucky for me the levels that I like for guitar involve one knob at 12 o'clock, and one at 3 o'clock. For vocals, both knobs at 12 o'clock. Easy to remember. Not enough data on vocals, but for guitars I had to scoop out a whole bunch of mid. I was a little surprised about that, but I also didn't have my usual stomp box in the chain which was one of my goals. With the mids scooped, my Univox Coily sounded totally divine. The 12 string needs more tweaking, might need more chorus. But my 12 has a piezo pickup without an on-board preamp, so it takes a little more work to make it right. Vocals was hard to assess because I didn't set up a little stage in the living room; I won't really have an opinion till it's set up like for gig.

The power cord has a little lock on it to prevent it from accidentally being pulled out. That sounds to me like a solution looking for a problem. I've never had one pull out, and if I did I'd rather the cord separate from the amp before everything tips over. But when plugging it in you get the reassuring little 'click' to let you know it's in. "BFD", right? All the control knobs are recessed into the panel so they don't stick out. Nice touch. The amp cover rocks, and I'm glad I got it instead of the "free" goddamn foot switch. No need for me to turn the reverb on and off during a gig. It also does mount on a pole (bass version does not, and would not...) I'm considering experimenting with turning the amp upside down so the top hat is on the up-side, and getting a pole to mount the external speaker on it instead of carting around a speaker stand. Downside is that it'd be hard to get at the controls, as they'd be on the side of the amp kinda down low and hard to reach. It might work if the whole thing is placed on a short table. Might be too top-heavy. We'll see.

The knobs are kinda close together and hard to see which one is what especially since the panel is recessed. I expect I'll modify the preamp volume knobs with either new colored knobs or some artistic application of red finger nail polish so it's easier to grab the right knot in a pinch. I will use the little light that I have that plugs into the USB port, but it's real hard to see.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. So far.

On the bass front: remember that fretless Jazz I put together from eBay wood and the hardware from the boutique bass deal that went sour? It rocked, but was heavy as sin. I had a buddy rout out the back of the body, and when I put it back together it will be without the metal neckplate and metal control cover. I'm ditching the tone control also because that stays dimed all the time anyway. As like the Chick Corea & Return To Forever album, it's light as a feather. Pics when it's put back together. Might be awhile, though.....Holidays and some R&R is scheduled.

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Originally Posted By: Paul K
So. It came today.

Amp? What amp? I don't see no steenkin' amp!


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taz

I'm having trouble posting the pic's directly because I'm challenged. Here's the link to the photo album:
http://www1.snapfish.com/snapfish/thumbn..._NAME=snapfish/

So the rout on the J-bass is just over an inch deep, total depth of the wood is 2 inches. I've got to do a little sanding, then hit it up with some tung oil, and reassemble. The new pots came in, so some soldering will be involved.

Back to the amp: It sits on top of an LM12 really well, and vice versa. Wife has a paint pen that is the same shade as the tweed, and I'll use that to make a "V", "T", and "B" on the appropriate knobs. Master volume is easy to find because it's off to the side all alone.

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You're not challenged. You can't post pictures directly to this forum. You can post the pictures by using a link to another place the internet where you've managed to upload the picture, but I don't think that works from Snapfish. (at least it didn't work when I just tried it.)

p.s. the amp looks great!

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It needs a mute switch. My kingdom for a mute switch.
Are you listening, Carvin?


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Ok. So not important for you electric bass players. But for you upright players: this amp has a little switch for piezo pickups with a real high impedance so you don't need a preamp for your piezo equipped upright. Important for me because my ukulele and 12 string guitar have piezo pickups that I put in, but no preamp. You see, I was just kind of experimenting with these but found they made it into my solo act rather quickly. To get around the tin sound I put them through my multi-effects floor pedal and did some creative EQ'ing. But on this amp I just hit the Hi-Z button, and the shrillness is tamed. Rock on! It fixed a problem that I didn't even really know I had.


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I used the amp at a jam session; I use the term jam kinda loosely here. Guitar, bass, drums, and aux percussion mostly doing songs that are in my solo set. And the guitar player is a monster; he can play anything at any time in any style; was a treat to play with him. Too bad he winters in Costa Rica and won't be back home till late April. So it was much tighter than what a jam session usually ends up to be. Sweet.

I was pleased with the amp. Playing with a full kit I needed to add another 12" cabinet; no surprise there. If it were to do bass-only duties, I'm more convinced than before that the 15" bass version would be better. But it fills the niche I needed filled. Rock on.


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So the amp has a bunch of gigs under it's belt.

On bass: Competent and easy to use for the kirtan jazz chant thing I do on bass. Plenty of volume and articulation. The on board reverb and chorus is exactly what I wanted. Nothing else to plug in. Rock on.

Solo gig: Same thing. Reverb and chorus on guitar was plenty good: a guitar buddy who has good ears gave the guitar sound a thumbs up; as good as when I was using the Digitech floor pedal or my Magicstomp pedal. Vocals clear and crisp, competent reverb. I paired it with a Carvin LM12 (it's a two way plastic-cab PA box) which I put on a stick. I could hear myself just fine, no feedback problems. Plenty loud for the venues involved. I could reach the business side of the amp to adjust knobs easily with the amp placed on a keyboard stand. But I do need to paint on a big V, T, B, and E on the appropriate knobs: it's impossible to see the labeling.

Tuner/headphone out is after the preamp volumes, but before the master volume. So I can record my sets and change the master volume without messing with the recording. Right on!

Quibbles: A mute switch would be seriously useful. Breaks were an issue: what to do? Kill the volume? Turn off the amp? Undo the mic gain switch and unplug the guitar? Just be careful? I've created an effective hack, though. A patch cord from on the effects loop--When I unplug the send side then all is muted. Plug it back in, and it's back to normal. No pops or loud ugly noises when I tried this at home.



The amp cover is a PIA. The amp has two bottoms, depending on how you set it up. So to put the cover on the amp has to be with the handle on the side of the cabinet. Then, when you set the amp down in the wet parking lot to unlock your car, you have to set the amp down on the side of the cover instead of just the amp bottom bumpers, since, well, the handle is now on top. And when you carry it by the handle, the cover rides up funny since the open end of the cover is now on the side instead of the bottom. Cumbersome.

Unrelated, I had a short somewhere in my Shure headset mic some time ago. I found that Shure will fix these things for a flat fee. Instead of fixing it, they sent me a brand new one of the newer model! Rock on! I used it once, and it's just perfect for the solo thing. No mic stand or mic, way less visible cables. I set the music stand rather low, and with my dedicated reading glasses instead of my no-line bifocals everything was exactly perfect-- no head position restrictions, and a much more friendly presentation on the bandstand. I had to rig my Swirly-gig cup holder to fit the music stand, but it worked. And with the headset mic instead of mic stand, you don't hear that "CLUNK" each time you put your drink back into the Swirly-gig. Now how much would you pay?

Really, really. With no foot pedals, fewer cables, and no mic stand, my presentation is just so much cleaner. And my gig bag is lighter. I'm happy.

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I've been thinking about a headset mic and looking at a Shure. Which model did they send you?

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Originally Posted By: Paul K


Unrelated, I had a short somewhere in my Shure headset mic some time ago. I found that Shure will fix these things for a flat fee. Instead of fixing it, they sent me a brand new one of the newer model!

That's the kind of service that keeps customers coming back. Good for Shure.


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Originally Posted By: Paul K

Are you listening, Carvin?

Based on my experience, no.

And that's all I will say on the matter.


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Yo, check out the remarkably admirable restraint on jcadmus!


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Originally Posted By: Wally Malone
headset mic and looking at a Shure. Which model ?

Wally


The SM35-XLR. It's the same as the other SM35, but they add in the preamp that snaps into the mini-whatever connector into the regular XLR connector. So you can use the same headset in a wireless rig by unconnecting the preamp thing, or as a wired rig while using the preamp thing. http://www.shure.com/americas/products/microphones/sm/sm35

The old one was the wh30-xlr.


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Thanks Paul! My one concern about a headset is dynamics that are done with a regular mic moving back and forth. Are you using yours wired or wireless?

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My concern with a headset mike is that I'm going to turn to the guitarist next to me and make a private comment and the whole room will hear me.

I've built a footswitch to turn my plain old regular mike on and off. (Shure Beta 58).

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Originally Posted By: Wally Malone
Thanks Paul! My one concern about a headset is dynamics that are done with a regular mic moving back and forth. Are you using yours wired or wireless?

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I'm using it wired. The other positives outweigh this mic technique thing for me. Indeed, you can't back away from the mic, but the mic is a little off to the side so the really loud parts aren't quite so loud. And the whistle part on "Me and Julio" come out just fabulous.

I sit for the solo gigs. But with the headset mic I can get up if I want to, and I did. I'll do more of that in the future.


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OK, so this fella has caused me grief. And since Carvin has gone tits-up, there's no/little service. Here's the long term review.

OK, so in order to get a good bass tone I had to do a big-league scoop of the mid's, or add another speaker cab. And that's because while I was troubleshooting the woes to follow, I found that the inductor wasn't in line with the woofer. The lines to the woofer went directly to the speaker, and the inductor mounted inside the cabinet was connected to the woofer with only one line. As such, the inductor did nothing and the mids went to both the woofer and the midrange. This explained the Big Wonk. I hooked it up the right way, and it now sounds the way it should. Rookie mistake by the Carvin people. This might explain why they went tits-up.

The issue that caused me to find this problem is an intermittent loud as hell white noise that would go away sometimes when I re-booted the amp. Noise was/is independent of the preamp controls and can be cut/boosted by the main volume control. Carvin was no help in fixing this, but eventually offered to sell me a new old-stock module for way too much money. No thanks; one boat anchor is enough. All Carvin aid was like pulling teeth. E-mails if answered at all only addressed the first of three or four questions, if any were addressed at all. At any rate, a third party amp repair guy said that the problem was most likely in the effects portion of the amp, which he said cannot be bypassed/defeated/unplugged, or repaired by him. I figured out a work-around that has so far worked at home, but I'm scared to test it on a gig. What I do is connect straight from my pedalboard to the effects loop return, thus bypassing the preamp and effects engine.

So another way to bypass the effects engine might be to buy the goddamn foot switch which turns off the effects remotely. But I kinda don't want to put any more cash into this unit. Maybe troll e-Bay for a used unit for cheap? I'll maybe research how the foot switch is wired, as maybe my Digitech foot switch will do the trick. Details as they develop, for both of you reading this.

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Sorry to hear about the problems. Carvin gear and service had always been good to me. But obviously my endorsement doesn't mean crap when you're the one suffering a breakdown.


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I had a miserable customer service experience with Carvin -- PM me if you want the gory details, but it was basically like dealing with a clown college.

Have to admit there was a fair amount of freude in the schaden when they took their sign down.


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I was sorry to see Carvin, as it used to be, go. I was looking for an amp when it was apparent something was going on.

My customer service experience wasn't too bad.
Had/have a 1992 PB150 10" combo. Under warranty the speaker went bad for no reason. I was able to convince them to just allow me to do a speaker swap so I didn't need to ship the whole thing. After 10 years or so the amp portion died. What I liked about their combos was that they were a head and cab put together and not a single unit. I contacted them and they couldn't service it but sent me the schematics and suggested a local repair shop.
I never got the head fixed but still use the 10" cab.

My 2001 LB75f, never had to contact them. No issues. It sits in the closet with less than 20 hours play time. I never took to a fiver, I should have looked for 3 string model which would have suited me better. I have to admit it is a gorgeous beast though.


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Digitech foot switch works to turn off either effects engine 1 or 2 or both. Problem is that the foot a switch is momentary connection; you have to hold the button down. But bonus is that I can maybe figure out which of the two engines causes the problem and still use the other effects engine. Then wire together a TRS 1/4" plug with the appropriate leads shorted out and keep it permanently plugged into the foot switch jack. Sure wish this wasn't an intermittent problem. And just livid that I've got to be smarter than the guy at Carvin.

b-N-b: I also had a Carvin PB150 that I used for quite some time before selling it. It worked very well for me also.


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