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Carvin BX500: Pt. 3

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Chef, Apr 1, 2010.


  1. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
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    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
  2. Thats what I thought........
     
  3. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Delawhere
  4. optikhog

    optikhog

    Apr 2, 2007
    St. Peters, MO
    Chef, the mute on my earlier model is also not quite muted. I discovered that one day by muting and pulling the cable - generated a pop so loud that I was sure I'd done something bad to my cab. Luckily nothing happened but I now use the power switch as the mute on this head.
     
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  6. Fwiw, I have the newest version head and after testing it out to make sure, the mute switch completely silences everything. No pops when pulling cables, no hiss... completely silent. The pattern is emerging (at least on TB)... sounds like the noisy mute is an issue with earlier heads?
     
  7. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Delawhere
    I'm pretty sure mine is new. Just got it 2 weeks ago, and it had that factory smell. :cool: Mind you, it was a quiet pop when I pulled the cable.:ninja:
     
  8. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Disclosures:
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    To reiterate my last question...

    I got to try tb'er Vic's 500 at the STL GTG, and noticed that the mute didn't completely mute. Anyone getting this (that hasn't already responded)?
    Is this another early run fluke that's been hashed out by now?
     
  9. BlacksHole

    BlacksHole

    Mar 22, 2000
    Rockville, MD
    I have not witnessed that issue with mine (and it is one of the older heads). But, I have never pulled the cable out of the amp while it was on.
     
  10. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
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    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Can you still hear your bass signal a little with the mute switch on?
     
  11. BlacksHole

    BlacksHole

    Mar 22, 2000
    Rockville, MD
    I admit to not pushing the envelope on this either (no heavy thrashing), but I have not heard my bass with the mute on, and all of my current basses are active basses.
     
  12. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Delawhere
    No
     
  13. Lync

    Lync Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    NY
    My mute works fine...the amp sounds great. My only issue is that the DI has a bit of hiss.
     
  14. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
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    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Lync, do you use yours with upright?
    Seems like a decent candidate for that...
     
  15. Lync

    Lync Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    NY
    Chef-yes I do. It is kind of overkill since with the URB the amp never goes past 2. It works great but of course kicking it back right at the upright can lead to feedback on those deep notes. I like it upright best for the upright. :D
     
  16. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
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    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    cool; thanks for that!
     
  17. Absolutely not.:rollno:
     
  18. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Disclosures:
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Well, that's a good thing then, right?
     
  19. I get no sound with the mute switch engaged. Maybe I'm one of the lucky ones.
     
  20. johnnyz

    johnnyz

    Oct 23, 2008
    New Haven, CT
    Have earlier model. Play load. Have SB-2 (hot pickups). Mute does its job fully.
     
  21. Just got my second new one today. This one works!!!! And it sounds surprisingly good. I have heard better but it is definitely not a clunker by any means. But to be fair I have not plugged in one of my better basses yet either. The fact that it even powers up is a step forward. And no noise at all with the mute on.