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I don't have that particular Carvin amp, but I do own a pair of the speaker boxes with the 2 10's and the red eye tweeter, and a Carvin PA head. When I'm bring the sound to a gig, I plug my bass into a direct box and into the Carvin amp with those two speakers, and it sounds great! :D I don't know that much about the Carvin bass amp, but if it's compares with the rest of the Carvin stuff I have, I'd say GRAB IT!

 

I don't have experience with the Crate stuff, so I won't comment on them.

 

As it's been said before in this forum, if you can, try before you buy. But Carvin does have a terrific return policy if you're not satisfied.

 

BTW, this is NOT spam, and I don't work for Carvin.

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I can't say anything about those particular pieces, BUT:

 

I've had my Carvin Pro ll since '89. I had 1 problem with it, sent it back, it was fixed (internal fuse), they sent it back "No Charge", and all's been cool since.

 

Lots of good features; and outside of that initial problem, it's been a workhorse. Good price, good sound, good customer service/support, versatile.

 

I use it every day. Maybe not as good as some of what's available, but if $$$ is an issue, it's worth checking out. They give you some time to try it...If you don't like it, send it back (granted, it will cost you shipping).

 

As for Crate...my experience has been: questionable. Innexpensive (relatively), but I don't like the overall sound/tone...It could be personal preferrence.

 

What do your EARS like? I say take the chance...

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Jim

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The bassist in a band that my old band played shows with a lot had that crate and I used it a few times, I didn't like it much, didn't seem to be able to the kind of highs out of it that I like. Just my personal opinion though, all that matters is if you like it.
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I've never been impressed by Crate bass amps...Jeff Berlin's endorsements notwithstanding.

 

Carvin's stuff has improved a lot in recent years...I'd take a look at some of their higher-end combos and heads/cabinets.

 

In that price range, though, there's a lot to choose from. Check out GK's line of heads/cabinets. I was impressed with their 2X10 combos.

 

10" speakers really are a necessity for bass in my opinion. I've never really gotten any clarity out of bigger speakers, unless they've been paired with 10s.

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Originally posted by BenLoy:

I10" speakers really are a necessity for bass in my opinion. I've never really gotten any clarity out of bigger speakers, unless they've been paired with 10s.

Ben, I used to think that as well until I bought my Accugroove 112. Of course there is a six-inch in the cab as well.

 

Wally

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I played through THE worst-sounding amp about a week ago at a show -- it was a Carvin. Sounded like absolute ass. It wasn't as nice of an amp as the one you're looking at here, but it was a Carvin all the same -- a 4x10 cab and one of the big fuzz-covered heads with lots of knobs and a graphic EQ. Sorry I don't remember the model name. I'm sure they make decent products sometimes, but this thing I used simply blew.

 

I'd really recommend hearing one before buying it. I don't like spending cash and getting suprised with shitty tone. It makes me mad, and then I smack people around.

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Erik

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