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Carvin Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by noeinstein, Oct 6, 2019.

  1. noeinstein

    noeinstein Supporting Member

    Sep 3, 2004
    Northern California
    Just saw a Carvin bass for sale and it reminded me of when I thought it might be a good idea to buy one. While I’m sure they’re fine instruments, I’m glad I didn’t pull the trigger. I wouldn’t have been happy. Like when I was shopping motorcycles, the Japanese cruisers were cheaper and maybe more reliable, but as the wife said, “it’s not a Harley.” Deep down I guess I’m kinda shallow ;)
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  2. Sid the Kid

    Sid the Kid Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    Yep, you’re a bit vain and that’s ok. I am too.

    The old catalogs sure were a lot of fun to read while on the can!
  3. kohanmike

    kohanmike Gold Supporting Member

    I bought a Carvin MB15 and an 115MBE set a few years with neo speakers, and they're so good, I don't care that Carvin is not doing combo amps anymore.
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  4. When they started upping heir quality around the time the released the SB4000/5000 series, they were great basses, especially for the money. I used to own many Carvins and always liked them. I still own a B25 fretless and would love to have an SB500 again. It was the only 'Jazz' bass I ever got along with.
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  5. CTBassGuy

    CTBassGuy Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    Danbury, CT
    Out of curiosity, why not? Given your motorcycle analogy, I assume you mean “as it’s not a Fender, Ric, etc.”. Not being accusatory in any way; just want to understand your position.
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  6. noeinstein

    noeinstein Supporting Member

    Sep 3, 2004
    Northern California
    Yes, that’s one reason. Another is resale. Since I’m rarely satisfied with anything for long, resale value is a consideration.
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  7. Trouztrouz


    Feb 6, 2013
    Good for you! Most people who hold the opinion are unwilling to admit that they find the name on the headstock to be more important than the tone, feel, quality, looks, etc. I don't share the opinion per se, but I like how you own it.

    You be you, friend.
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  8. noeinstein

    noeinstein Supporting Member

    Sep 3, 2004
    Northern California
    I have owned a Carvin PB100-10 for years and have always loved the sound. And I owned a BX 500 for a couple years, loved it too.
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  9. CTBassGuy

    CTBassGuy Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    Danbury, CT
    Gotcha; understand. Thanks for the clarification.

    Agreed in that Carvin resale is usually not good.
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  10. MotorCityMinion


    Jun 15, 2017
    The Carvin catalogs, the 80's, massive PAs, (sound systems). All that gear. Those were good times. PV had some good reads as well.
  11. CTBassGuy

    CTBassGuy Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    Danbury, CT
    Those Carvin catalogs were my teenaged-self’s version of the Sears Christmas Wish Book. That’s how my #1 finally came about in ‘88.

  12. Huw Phillips

    Huw Phillips Life is like TV if the channel sucks change it Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2019
    I just sold a Carvin BX 250 for $70 more than I bought it for, I would not hesitate to buy carvin gear it seems well made and o hold its price in my experience
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  13. noeinstein

    noeinstein Supporting Member

    Sep 3, 2004
    Northern California
    Respectfully, that isn't what I said. Let's assume, for the sake of discussion, that tone, feel, and quality are equally appealing. I do prefer the look of Fender, so that and resale value would be the deciding factors. The name on the headstock is, in my case, a subjective bonus.
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  14. Stratomato


    Jun 26, 2019
    San Diego
    I used to think that way too. But now I like to think about it in terms of what the experience of owning/having/playing the instrument is worth to me. For example, if I buy a particular bass for $500 and trade it or sell it a year or two down the road for $400, was that experience worth $100 to me? In most cases the answer for me is yes. Just a thought...
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  15. Had a band mate years ago, that had an older Carvin bass with j - style pickups. He played pick - only, it really sounded great. Then, he spec'd a newer one with a mm / j pickup config, and fancier wood. It did not sound near as nice as the older one. This is my only first - hand experience with Carvin. Except for clips of that one that Dr. C plays - it sounds pretty good in his hands...

    Why anyone would want a motorcycle that is over - priced, over - weight, over - hyped, problematic, (the list goes on) is beyond me.... but, every one works hard for their money and we deserve to spend it however we see fit.... The best 'Harley' ever made was a Buell. But - they put a stop to that.
  16. Skokiaan


    Jun 19, 2004
    New Jersey
    That's how I think about it, too. Resale value is never a consideration for me. I don't buy something with the intention of getting rid of it. Makes no sense to me.
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  17. bassinflorida

    bassinflorida turn that dang thing down

    Jan 27, 2014
    Tampa, FL
    Fender sales and marketing brochures, the 60s and early 70s, weak PAs, underbowered bass amps, not much gear available for the average Joe or Josephine. Now those were the real good old days. :roflmao:
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  18. MCS4


    Sep 26, 2012
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Meanwhile I have a Fender P and a Zon, and have owned or tried basses from most of the other big names... but my old No. 1 Carvin still sounds better than anything else and plays better than anything other than the Zon.
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  19. Carvin builds one heck of a bass. I've owned a couple and really my only regret is that I don't still own them. Build quality is exceptional as is the tone (which can vary widely depending upon how you configure it, woods, etcetera).

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  20. Trouztrouz


    Feb 6, 2013
    My dude you should double check your post because that is exactly what you said.

    I mean about CARVIN all you said is that you are glad to never have bought one, which is kind of an unusual thing to be the sole topic of a thread TBH, but then you made the comparison to HARLEY. Is any company better known for moving mediocre product at top dollar based solely on branding? I receive you loud and clear.

    BUT don't sweat it man I'm not here to judge. There are lots of reasons to buy basses, or to not buy basses in this case, and everyone one is equally valid.

    Personally, my top criteria are that the bass must function as intended and not be too redundant to something I already have. But I too know that "bonus" feeling that comes with the name on the headstock. Why not? Am I to deny myself a simple joy for some kind of pseudovirtuous "names don't matter" dogma? Nuts to that, life is too short.

    You and I are on the same page, brother. :thumbsup:
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