carvin R1000 into a mesa 4x10 road ready cab

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Jumping_Bomb_Angel, Nov 30, 2005.

  1. Howdy from New Zealand. After a 3 year hiatus from Talkbass, I am back and wanting to milk the brains of some of you folks who are more in the know about these tyhings than I.

    I am about to purchase a second hand Road Ready Mesa 4x10, around 3 years old.

    The amp I am looking at is a Carvin R1000 brand new.

    My questions: I really know nothing about wattage - what will I have to be careful of? Will the Mesa 4x10 handle my 5 string Warwick thumb - the B, that is -without distorting? Will I have to be careful using a bigger wattage amp with a lesser wattage cab?

    Actually, and advice at all would be appreciated. Treat me as if I know nothing.

  2. kdogg


    Nov 13, 2005
    The Carvin produces 700W at 8ohms bridged mono. Your Mesa Road Ready 4x10 is a 600W 8ohm cabinet right? If so, the two are an almost perfect match. I'm not a huge fan of the Carvin stuff, but I have played through an R1000 into a redline 4x10, and I have to say it sounded pretty damn good. Rock on brother :bassist:
  3. Helstar


    Nov 26, 2005
    I had a Mesa rig and thought it sucked for a five string but then again I thought the Mesa rigged sucked all teh way around. THe b string on your bass is 30 hertz unless you drop tune, it will handle fine you may like it I just think Mesa is crap, at least mine was (M-bassist2000 6X10 powerhouse)
    but teh carvin is powerful enough just try to find a shop in teh area that will work on it if not you have to send it back to carvin any time yo have a problem
    well good luck
  4. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    If you're thinking Carvin for the amp, I'd recommend the B1500 instead of the R1000.
  5. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV
    I was checking into the r1000 a couple of years back.

    The reviews don't look very good for it...if you haven't had the chance to play one, I would be wary of it.
  6. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
    The cab will most likely be pretty awesome regardless. Is it the black faced Powerhouse, or the newer silver faced Powerhouse?

    I'd think twice about the head. I played through a Carvin setup and thought it was pretty bland.

    Kustom Groove Bass might be a better choice (for about $5-600).
  7. Rezdog

    Rezdog Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    T.Rez, Canada
    Greetings from the North,
    I'd say go for the B1500 if you are going to go Carvin. I had a R1000 seriesII with the tube pre. It was pretty good but it sometimes would do odd things like shut down on one side and then come back on later. Didn't like that. And also didn't like the idea of having to ship it to California for anything major. The 'Soft Knee' compression wasn't all that good either. I got a pretty good sound out of it but there is better out there. The B1500 has a better rep,even Jorg Schroeder has been known to use one, and the R1000 is a crap shoot.
  8. See, heres the thing - I can get a 50% discount on the Carvin stuff, but the b1500 is out of my price range. Im a little hesitant about the carvin now - what about Behringer or Laney, say a 3 or 400 watter. More within my price range.

  9. Helstar


    Nov 26, 2005
    Well what is yoru price range if it like 500 to 600 go with Kustom or Peavey, if yo go with Carvin I know guys who love it , I have ran through many Carvin P.A. all yo need to do is find a shop that is smart enough to fix it, most people thikn that yo need to send it to Carvin , that is not true once the warranty is up you can take it any place you want and have them fix it they call Carvin carvin sends them the parts and the prints and they fix it, Carvin just wants their stuff back during warranty. Which is funny cause HArtke is deemed ok but Carvin is not, and Hartke the cabinet could be 18 years old they still want you to the cabint back to them cause htey are afraid you will put an aluminum driver in another cab. The Carvins are not bad I personally like Peavey, but Ihave used Carvins alot they are ok, if you get one just make sure the local shop knows they can repair it once the warranty is up or else yes you will be stuck sending off all teh time for little piddling stuff, awe screw it just buy a Max 700
  10. If the B1500 is out of your price range get the B500, which is also plenty loud.
  11. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    IMO neither the Behringer nor the Laney will be as good.