Hartke / Carvin question

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Tim Sevenfold, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. Tim Sevenfold

    Tim Sevenfold Guest

    Nov 28, 2008
    Another Carvin question out there... I've been looking for a 4x10 cab to upgrade to from my combo amp. I've been lurking around Hartke (which my instructor uses) and thinking of the 410XL cab, and I've also been intrigued by Carvin's BRX10.4NEO series. I was wondering for those who have personal experience with these, which is the better tone and price (I have no idea what Carvin's prices are) Thanks!
  2. rpsands


    Jul 6, 2007
    I have never heard a Hartke cab I cared for. Plenty of options out there at the same price point that sound better.
  3. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Same here on the Hartke. I haven't yet heard the BRX 10.4 NEO, but I can tell you that it gets rave reviews from practically everyone who's played one. FYI...

  4. JMDT


    Jan 30, 2008
    Louisville, Ky
    Hartke gear is very subjective, you will either like it or not. If you like the sound of your instructors Hartke 410 then you will will be pleased purchasing a Hartke. If you are looking at Hartke, I would take a look at the 4.5XL. It IMHO sounds much better than the standard 410XL.
  5. I am not a huge fan of the Hartke stuff, it just does not seem to have much umph to me. I have not played the BRX4.10 but I have the BRX2.10 and i absolutly love it. It is punchy and articulate. And for a 2x10 it rumbles. I would assume that the 4.10 would sound even better but that is just my opinion.
  6. rbonner


    Sep 25, 2008
    I was at a gig a couple weeks ago of a friend's band. Didn't know the bassist. He was running a Carvin 410 and I think a B1500 head, I didn't walk up to it to see if it was or not a 1500, but it was Carvin.

    The sound emminating from the rig was not all that impressive sounding. I expected the Carvin to sound a bit better. Sure I'm used to my AMPEG stuff, but I mean the sound coming from this rig was cheasy and cheap sounding.

    He was a good bassist, though he could have had every knob on the rig turned sideways. I just don't know. If my options were NO AMP and this amp as my only choice, I'd be very hard pressed to accept this amp.

  7. NWB


    Apr 30, 2008
    Kirkland, WA
    That's consistent with my experiences with the BRX2.10 also.
  8. I greatly prefer the Carvin BRX cabs to Hartkes. The basic Carvin BR series I'm not as keen on, but for my tastes, the BRXs are noticeably better than Hartkes.

    As for prices, all you have to do is look on the Carvin website. www.carvin.com
  9. poomwah


    Jan 26, 2008
    I have no experience with the brx's but have had both the older style carvins and the aluminum coned hartkes. and I personally would choose the old style carvins anytime.
  10. TMacATK


    Jul 9, 2008
    Davis, CA
    If you're thinking about a BRX 10.4, go ahead and pull the trigger. It handles way more power than Hartke, has a lot of bottom end for a lightweight cab, and probably has better quality of build.

    I've never been a Carvin guy, but I just recently got the 10.2 Neo on a whim, and it is a SWEET, powerful box.
  11. Tim Sevenfold

    Tim Sevenfold Guest

    Nov 28, 2008
    Ok thanks guys for all the responses. I was actually leading toward Hartke originally merely because that's what my instructor plays but he also does Virtuoso like stuff that doesn't involve low-end a whole lot. Makes sense considering the statement about not much low end. And also, how much difference is there between the regular BR series vs. BRX's? Again, thanks so much guys!
  12. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Enough difference so that you don't want to even mess with the BR series 4x10 - which is, if you'll notice, just one of several cab configurations in the BR series - including a 1x15 and a 1x18. That's because those cabs are generally not intended to serve as a standalone.

    You'll notice also that the BRX series offers cabs in only a 2x10 and a 4x10 configuration. That's because the BRX is a full-range cab that goes deep and handles big power - and is designed to serve as a standalone - no other configuration is needed.

    It's your money of course. But I see absolutely no compelling reason to even consider the BR series.

  13. fivestringgecko


    Mar 28, 2007
    +1 for Hartke

    I'll weigh in on the Hartke side... I've got a Pro4200 cab with an HA4000 amp and love it. It sounds fantastic and it's got PLENTY of low end beef. Everyone who hears it always compliments my sound, too.