Carvin is back baby!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by John Freeman, Jan 23, 2018.

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  1. John Freeman

    John Freeman Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    Announcing the Relaunch of

    January 23, 2018

    Carvin Amps and Audio announces the relaunch of, which offers a brand-new user experience. We will continue our 70+ year legacy by providing musicians and sound professionals with solutions to their everyday needs with tube guitar pedals, in-ear monitor systems, wireless microphones, and gig essentials like D/I boxes and power conditioners.

    Expect new products from Carvin Amps and Audio in 2018 including a new tube preamp guitar pedal, which is based on one of our most iconic tube amps, to be released at the 2018 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. Visit us and demo the new pedal at the Acacia Guitars booth #4249 and the Vola Guitars booth #4334 at NAMM 2018.

    Stay tuned for more information about the new tube preamp guitar pedal!
  2. John Freeman

    John Freeman Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    Their business ethics make me sick.
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  3. RNG1


    Mar 1, 2015
    Aww cmon how many times did the stones call it quits...
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  4. Mr. Business

    Mr. Business Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    Just got the email. I guess we’ll see how it goes.
  5. Does anyone know yet if this is the same owner(s) just rebranding a brand, or is there a new sheriff in town at Carvin?

    The logo says CARVIN AMPS - AUDIO.
    The only amps I see are the old stuff under the close-out heading.
    Do they plan to introduce new bass and guitar amps?

    Will they still service amps that were sold before today's announcement?
  6. I’ve used their amps for years. Bought two large stage rigs just before the announcement...and they dropped the warranty into the trash. They can shove their tube pedals (and anything else they want to sell) right up their sleazy ethics hole.
  7. BassikLee

    BassikLee Commercial User

    Feb 13, 2004
    Starke, FL
    Owner: JLA Custom In Ear Monitors
    I'm not surprised, but I am disappointed. I doubt they will do well. The brand never really had much cashe in stores, and they're looking for dealers. I bet they're done inside of five years.
  8. beans-on-toast


    Aug 7, 2008
    Bankruptcy as a financial shenanigan.
  9. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    I'd encourage former customers to contact them and let them know where they stand. The dropped warranty act was pretty poor form.
  10. alaskaleftybass

    alaskaleftybass Will Hanbury, Jr. In Memoriam

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sitka, Alaska
    So Carvin made some bad choices for the last couple decades it seems. But they have been an American institution since 1949. I can understand how they dropped the ball on support for their products. If you're a legitimate customer call the company and ask to speak to a manager. Voice your complaints.

    Good luck, Carvin, and welcome back. Hope to see more than just pedals and accessories. And make good on your promises of support for those who supported you. Carvin, you owe your customers that at the very least. After all, you are nothing without your customers, but then you probably know that by now.
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  11. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I'm not saying it's "right", but there's no way you can file for bankruptcy and honor existing warranties. You have to sell off assets, let everyone go, etc. How exactly would they have paid people to do repairs? Where exactly would they have gotten parts? The old owners just defaulted on debt to vendors. Those same vendors weren't going to sell them parts.

    Again, I'm not saying it's "right" what happened to those who bought before the shutdown. But it's the height of naivete' to think that a bankrupt company would somehow be able to service warranties. That's just not how it works.

    Even if it's the same owners and they have "restructured" they wouldn't have been able to honor warranties while there was no company.

    I hope there are new owners. And I hope they succeed. Carvin was an affordable option for decades.
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  12. alaskaleftybass

    alaskaleftybass Will Hanbury, Jr. In Memoriam

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sitka, Alaska
    Hear here! :thumbsup:
  13. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    It might be Carvin in name only - new owners, new designs, new everything except the name.
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  14. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    central coast
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    one word: nope

    Well, that was three words.

    No, eight.


  15. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    So far, it looks like just pedals and other electronic devices. No amps, speakers, or cabs.
  16. arbiterusa


    Sep 24, 2015
    Power amps that catch on fire and bass cabinets that can't reproduce anything lower than an "A". No thank you. Had one of their four 10 cabs, dropped it off my tailgate, magnet fell of speaker frame. Was glued on with three drops of glue. I kid you not. They were all like that. I have an old Kiesel (from the 1940s) lap steel and amp. Neither works. You'd have to be out of your mind to buy their stuff. Lived next to them all my life, they have a local reputation and it's not good. The guitars/basses are finally adequate, but the amps...just no.
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  17. TheReceder


    Jul 12, 2010
    Did anyone else ever notice the "Become a dealer" page. Maybe they're giving up on factory direct business model and going retail.

    As for complaints, I really don't have and have been using carvin pieces here and there over the past 40 years, but I've been careful to make sure that recent purchases had some positive reviews. I've got a BX1500 that for the most part has been a sweetheart for me. I fell into some extra cash and on a whim ordered one of the MB210s on clearance... it'll be here next week and to be honest, I'm convinced I have to be an idiot for buying something with no exchange/return. They could send me 30 lb paperweight. What could I do?
  18. inanimate_carb


    Aug 11, 2016
    So another importer of Chinese stuff that you really can’t use at a pro-level gig?

  19. kringle77

    kringle77 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    Massena NY
    I LOVE my carvin trc column array pa BUT, to close up shop, sell inventory with no warranty support, then re-open this soon's a no go for me. That is bullsheet.
  20. My Carvin amps have worked well, and they're too old to be warranted now, so I have no complaints personally. But if the brand name is to mean anything, their service and warranty policies have to carry over, and apparently that isn't the case. If Carvinaudio is going to honor warranties from the last five years, they should shout that from the rooftops. It would be a welcome development.
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