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Carvin B2000 users: sounds like B800?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Chef, Jul 23, 2012.


  1. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Hey B2000 users;
    I had a B800 I *really* liked, but, it didn't have enough juice to drive two TC115's the way I wanted...
    Does the B2000 sound the same?

    thx
     
  2. tbirddad

    tbirddad

    Feb 22, 2006
    Never used a B800. I did have a PB500 and the B2000 is just more clear to me.
     
  3. I am very interested to see how this thread pans out. For me power section of the B2000 is what makes it so attractive. A kick butt pre would be a nice addition. If carvin sold a mono block power amp based off of the B2000 I would be all over it. It has just about the perfect power distribution for my needs, its fairly light too.
     
  4. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass

    Apr 9, 2009
    I found the EQ section very functional and easy to use when I tried the B2000. It’s very similar to the B1500 and B800 in that sense.
     
  5. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    But does it sound very much the same?
     
  6. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    You know, Alan, Carvin has a great return policy. Just sayin'... :ninja:
     
  7. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    thx;)
     
  8. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass

    Apr 9, 2009
    I would be doing you an injustice by saying they sound the same because I never tried them side-by-side in a controlled environment.

    I have however read posts here comparing the B1500 to the B2000, and the B800 was just a less powerfull version of the B1500. If I recall, the guy actually preferred the B2000's overall presence more but thought they were comparable in tone.
    The knobs are similar and Carvin's seem to go for a similar voice with the knobs set flat. I remember (from my San Diego visit) that the B2000 was kind of bright when set straight up, but I was able to tame the beast VERY quickly. It's nothing like the BX1500 in that sense.

    :bassist:
     
  9. lo-freq

    lo-freq aka UFO

    Jan 19, 2003
    DFW, Texas
    That's about as close to a 'Just Do It!' as I've seen from Tom.
     
  10. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    They had a "blem" on ebay for $560. I hit it.
    It has the 10 day return policy.

    We Shall See.
     
  11. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    A B2000 driving a pair of ThunderChild 15s has got to be one helluva great rig. Since the TCs are 4-ohm cabs, that B2000 will be able to supply up to 1,000 watts of power per cab.

    You won't be using nearly that much, but boy are you ever gonna have gobs of headroom available. Nice! :cool:

    MM
     
  12. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    I don't anticipate needing anywhere near that kind of power!

    Really I would have been plenty happy with the B800 if it didn't start clipping right when it hit the bigger part of it's powerband....
     
  13. lo-freq

    lo-freq aka UFO

    Jan 19, 2003
    DFW, Texas
    M-m-m-Max Headroom!
     
  14. lo-freq

    lo-freq aka UFO

    Jan 19, 2003
    DFW, Texas

    :meh:


    I'm interested in hearing you answer your own question.

    :ninja:
     
  15. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    carvin's ebay store has one more blem, $20 cheaper than what mine was.
     
  16. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    maxheadroom.

    :p

    MM
     
  17. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    -out for delivery-
     
  18. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    The brief unboxing:

    ****Complete Fail*****

    My passive DarkStar'd P drives the amp into clipping well before you can realize anything like what ought to be the insane headroom of 1500+ watts.

    Big Time Boooooooo!

    This won't be going to a gig, it'll be going right back into the box.
    At first plugin, I thought perhaps I'd blown the compression driver on the TC115 without knowing it, because I certainly never got the B2000 loud enough to do it.
    Same results with the tube in or out. Even if it had stayed clean, it's a thoroughly over-rated 2000 watts, by me, with this particular head.

    I swapped the MBFusion into the signal chain, and immediately crushed the B2000 in useable power.

    Serious Epic Fail.
     
  19. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    I wonder if that is a bum unit, or something common to all B2000's? :confused:
     
  20. Passinwind

    Passinwind I am Passinwind and some of you are not. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Bummer.
     

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