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Carlsboro 150w Combo?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by *ToNeS*, Nov 17, 2001.


  1. *ToNeS*

    *ToNeS*

    Jan 12, 2001
    Sydney AU
    i was just out shopping for new gear today (attack of the G.A.S aaaaghh! ;)), and i came across a nice little second-hand 150 watt Carlsboro combo, with an 8-band EQ (i think - it was pretty extensive), built-in chorus and compression, and a single 15". i played an MIA Jazz through it and it sounded great, and i think i might go for it.

    the problem is, i've never heard of this brand before and have a few queries about it.

    - would 150 watts cut it in a rock/alterna/metal band setting?

    - would it be possible to add a 4x10 (or whatever) cab to it if the answer to the above is "no"?

    - is Carlsboro a reliable brand? i'd like to hear your opinions and experiences with them. yes, all of you :D

    oh, and it's going for $700 (Australia) which is dirt cheap for a 150 watt amp around here - i've got the store holding onto it for me, so please, respond quickly! :)
     
  2. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    It depends but probably not. How loud is your drummer, how loud do you usually play, what do your guitarists play, how large is your rehearsal room, etc.?
    Does it have an "ext. speaker" jack? If so, the answer is yes, otherwise, no.

    BTW, isn't it Carlsbro?
     
  3. *ToNeS*

    *ToNeS*

    Jan 12, 2001
    Sydney AU
    Marlboro, Carlsboro ... all the same to me, buddy :D okay, the thing i'm worried about the most with this purchase is getting the amp in question, and finding it that it won't cut it during practice - our guitarist uses a 150 watt guitar amp set to about 4 or 5, and our drummer is pretty damn loud (bashes that snare with utmost enthusiasm, so he does).
    so i guess you could say it gets pretty f*cken noisey hereabouts when we're jamming. if 150 watts isn't enough, what kind of power would i be looking at?
     
  4. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    Well, you don't know if it's loud enough until you've tried it. Can't you just rent it for a week and try it out to see if it's worth buying?

    I have a 240W 2x10" combo, and I think it's (more than) a bit too weak. Granted, I never turn the volume knob past one o'clock, and it's pretty loud already there, but I'd like more headroom and more speaker area for a cleaner and louder sound without stressing my gear (which is why I plan to upgrade my rig during the coming year).

    That's where I'm coming from. So all I can say is that if it were me, the Carlsbro wouldn't be loud enough. But you have to see for yourself, maybe it will suffice in your situation? I wouldn't count that though - 150W guitar amp, Jesus! :eek:
     
  5. I.'.I.'.Nakoa

    I.'.I.'.Nakoa Guest

    Aug 10, 2000
    Fort Worth.
    a working mans 160 and a peavey 810 works fine for the bass player in one of the numetaln bands out here...

    do they have a website?
     
  6. *ToNeS*

    *ToNeS*

    Jan 12, 2001
    Sydney AU
    i don't know if they have a website, actually - most likely :confused:

    alright Oysterman, you've put the fear of unheard-ness into me. i'm gonna wait and scrounge up a bit more cash for something with a bit more GRuNt :D


    p.s. i don't know why you're complaining about your own gear - if anything, you've got yourself too high in the mixes i've downloaded of your band! ;)
     
  7. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    That band does not have a guitarist with a Marshall stack. :eek:

    It's not easy to get a good mix by putting a mic in the room where you rehearse and record to a tape recorder, I tell you that. :oops:
     
  8. *ToNeS*

    *ToNeS*

    Jan 12, 2001
    Sydney AU
    good point. bloody guitarists. i keep thinking that Marshall could advertise their stacks with the slogan, "Every Bassist's Worse Nightmare!". probably sell 'em by the truckload :rolleyes:

    i hear you on the recording side of things, man - we use a laptop with some terrible computer mic thing which skips if we play too loudly when recording :( *shudder* but it does allow us to make mp3s at the drop of a hat - problem is that they suck :p
     
  9. *ToNeS*

    *ToNeS*

    Jan 12, 2001
    Sydney AU
    it's not even on there! :mad: bloody poms, always taking shortcuts ... :D just messing.
    it was Carlsbro "Viper 150" or somesuch, but just looking at that cheaply-produced offering that calls itself a website, i'm kinda convinced ... no Carlsbro for Tobes :)
     
  10. DrVoodoo

    DrVoodoo

    Aug 9, 2008
    excuse the n00b bumping an old thread, but - a few points:

    1) forget about watts; think about the sound. If you can get the most sublime sound EVAR out of a 20w amp pushed to the right point; in this day and age you should demand the sound guy in the venue actually operates it properly. Seriously, all you need is a mic and a compressor, if that, let the PA do the work and listen to the monitors not your amp.

    When gigging, all you need is your sound; it's up to the venue to reproduce it and make it loud.


    2) I have a Carlsboro Viper 150; it's not a bad bit of kit, but it is suffering from scratchy pots;p no surprise after nearly a decade of owning it after three people before me.... Plenty of volume and the compressor and 10 band EQ means you can get a punchy enough tone from even an entry-level cheap bass - thereby making it functional but not exactly exotic. Still not a bad buy for a couple of hundred quid if everything's as it should be -it makes a lot of noise.

    Carlsboro is one of those 'workhorse' brands - the gear does the job but it's just not exotic enough for people to lust after.