Carvin R1000..Holy S***

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by pgnbstrd, Oct 29, 2001.

  1. I'm in shock...
    My current rig is anAmpeg b4r headinto an eden 410xlt, ampeg 410hlf and a sonic 18 cabinet. I wanted just little more power forthe 410xlt.
    I just picked up a barely used carvin r1000 head
    I got the carvin to run the eden,and was planning to use the ampeg to run the the other 410 and 18.

    I've seen all the back and forth on this board discussing if carvin's amp's are god or bad. Well in my opinion, they're incredible! This head going thru my xlt blows aways my ampeg doing the same.. I'm honsetly and pleasantly supprised.
    Not that my opinion matters to anyone here, but I thought I would let everyone know anyways..
  2. ndjx


    Oct 26, 2001
    Glad to see someone shares my feeling about Carvin! :D
  3. Freakapotamus9


    Jun 20, 2001
    glad you like it! i went to a concert last night and the bassist used a r600 and an ampeg 15".... it was awesome!!!!!!! congrats on the new head :)
  4. This amp rocks... I'm getting a lb70 in three weeks or so, I hope the quality of carvin equipment continues for me..
    Btw Thanks for the grongrats!!
    I love new toys
  5. MikeyD


    Sep 9, 2000
    That is really interesting, because the specs on paper indicate the two heads are very comparable. As far as power goes, most of us feel that Carvin's ratings are fairly liberal. If so, and if your experience is typical, then Ampeg's ratings must be - well, ummm... unreal. So if the B4R is "before R", then the train must be in reverse! ;)
    - Mike
  6. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Im glad you liked it.
    Yours is a Series II or III?
  7. series II
    Like rickbass1 said in an earlier post somewhere, the only thing I don't really care for is the noise gate, too much of a pause after a rest between notes.
  8. cb56


    Jul 2, 2000
    Central Illinois
    Haven't you heard? Carvin Sucks! come on, read the other threads about Carvin on TB in the last few days. You have to spend at least $1200 on a bass head for it to be any good, and don't give me any of that no middle man crap....:rolleyes:

    Ok back to reality. My Carvin R1000 came in today and I don't think I'll need that 10 day trial period. I think it's a keeper. At first attempt I was able to get a good mid range growl with solid low end. Mine is a series III by the way. I still need to play around with it but I have already found the tone I like. Oh yeah and it's friggin' LOUD.:D
    BTW my Ampeg is now a back up also.
  9. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Reading comprehension is a bitch, ain't it:D
  11. cb56


    Jul 2, 2000
    Central Illinois
    comprehending what those little smiley faces mean is a bitch also isn't it?:confused:
  12. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    :rolleyes: <---I think I know what you meant with this
  13. Steven Green

    Steven Green

    Jul 25, 2001
    Pacific NW
    I used to own a Series II R600 and it was/is probably the best amp you can get for the money. Same with the Carvin R1000. They are very loud, have lots of features and don't break the bank at all. I think Carvin exaggerates when they say their stuff is the best, Period, but it is a great value. I only sold mine because Mesa Boogie was calling my name out. My Mesa is great, but wow it was expensive! Over $1000 more than a R1000!:eek:
  14. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    I just played a Halloween gig with a Carvin RC210 combo. I love this thing. When I got it, I sold my SWR 400 and 4x10, and haven't thought twice about it. It filled the room, and sounded amazing.
    I used my USA Curbow, MIA 75 Reissue Jazz, and my Dearmond Ashbory. They all sounded amazing.

    Oh, and on a different note, the guy who bought my SWR rig turned around and sold it about 2 months later--to buy a Carvin RC210! He loved mine, and had to have one.:D
  15. cb56


    Jul 2, 2000
    Central Illinois
    I can't wait to use my R1000 at my gigs this weekend. UPS couldn't find my house last friday so I had to wait till monday for it to get here. I have visions of certain TB members redirecting traffic in my area so it wouldn't arrive and I'd have to go out and pay double for an SWR or EDEN or Ampeg.:D
    JUST KIDDING. Anyway it is definatley a TONE MONSTER:cool: I was planning on using both of my Bag End 15 and my Carvin210 with this amp on gigs but I have the feeling that may be overkill. I might try using just 1 Bag End 15 on smaller gigs even though my band is loud I think it will be enough. I'll let you know after the weekend. Just a reminder to any Carvin users or folks wanting discussion about Carvin without all the Dis- information. Carvin does have their own discussion baord at Of course if you have a legit gripe about Carvin you can post it there but any un truths will be quickly corrected by the moderators. Of course nothing wil replace TB.:cool:
  16. MikeyD


    Sep 9, 2000
    I trust this board a bit more than the Carvin board when it comes to conflict of interest. I do read the Carvin board, and it can be informative sometimes, but I'm mindful of the possible bias there. Here we have unmitigated opinions on equipment that come from many possible viewpoints.
    - Mike
  17. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I think that's the problem, Mike.

    BTW I just recommended an Ashdown over an SWR... will the bashing never end?

  18. Umm...okay...then it's time for me to ridicule you.

    Brad Johnson, I ridicule you and make light of your comments. You are obviously biased in some way against the gear that I own. Unfortunately, I am unable to come up with some clever wordplay to demonstrate how silly I think you are.

    Oh wait...I use Ashdown too. Never mind.
  19. cb56


    Jul 2, 2000
    Central Illinois
    From Webster's dictionary

    Main Entry: dis·in·for·ma·tion
    Pronunciation: (")di-"sin-f&r-'mA-sh&n
    Function: noun
    Date: 1939
    : false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth .

    So in other words, statements that seem to have been accepted as gospel around here like, Carvins speaker cabs are not optimized for their speakers, Carvin's amp wattage is overstated etc... would be addressed by people who actually have knowledge of the products and how they are made.

    Not saying that Carvin is the best or the worst just saying that there are an awful lot of statements on this bb that are taken for the truth with out any facts to back them up. (not only about Carvin, Ampeg gets alot of this also) The only reasons I can think of why people would make false statements would be:
    #1 to justify to themselves why they spend twice the money that someone else paid on a piece of equipment that was not 2 times better in quality.
    #2 thay are commisioned music store sales people and it's their job to sell things at twice the price:D
  20. When he came for the Carvinites,
    I did not protest for I was not a Carvinite.
    When he came for Swrarts,
    HEY, wait just a minute, now!