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Is anyone still using the Carvin LS1503?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Lia_G, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. Lia_G


    Oct 27, 2005
    Just curious if anyone is still using the Carvin LS1503 cab made famous in the 'Boutique 3-way' threads. I had one a while back and sold it, and have regretted doing that. I just noticed that Carvin has the cabs on sale for $259 now, which seems like a screaming deal. Just curious if anyone still feels the love, what your impressions are, etc.

  2. ricguy

    ricguy Supporting Member

    Jul 22, 2006
    Syracuse, NY
    I still have one, but don't use it much any more. It's a pretty sweet cab for the money, however, it doesn't handle the lowest notes on a 5-string bass all that well at higher volume levels IMO.

    If I didn't play a 5'er exclusively, I be hauling it around instead of my SWR Goliath Sr.
  3. Lia_G


    Oct 27, 2005
    Hi ricguy,

    Thanks for the reply.

    I play 4 string P basses (fretted and fretless), so I'm not too concerned with the lower end performance.

    $259 just seems like a steal for this cab.

  4. jeff7bass


    Apr 9, 2009
    I had two of them as part of a PA package (which I sold to my old singer) and they sounded great. Perfect for fretless, IMO. Very transparent.
    For that price, STEAL.
  5. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    From what I have read here I understand that the drivers used back then are not the same as installed now. Apparently they are not as good.
  6. jeff7bass


    Apr 9, 2009
    I heard later models in the summer of 2011 in San Diego and cranked them up LOUD, but they might be different now.
  7. jeff7bass


    Apr 9, 2009
    My old ones came loaded with a PS-15 I believe. Now Carvin has a new 15” speaker called the TS-15 and it costs twice as much. I would like to know more about this speaker and whether or not the LS1503 comes with the TS or the PS.
  8. bal704

    bal704 Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2004
    In the Great Southwest
    According to Carvin, these have the PS15
  9. jeff7bass


    Apr 9, 2009
    It should still sound very good, within reasonable limits.
  10. Lia_G


    Oct 27, 2005
    That's good news. Mine had the PS15 and sounded very good. I never got around to replacing it with a Kappalite 3015 like I had originally planned.

    Intriguing deal right now on these.

  11. xk49w

    xk49w Supporting Member

    I have an LSx1503. Still gig it with a LM2. I want something lighter and am taking steps in that direction.
  12. I used a couple for a few years. I compared them to several of the standard 15 cabs from the major brands. In most cases in comparison, it was smoother and more even balanced. I bought 2 for $300 off craigslist.
  13. jeff7bass


    Apr 9, 2009
    Did you stack them for live shows? How does that sound?
  14. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Modern Carvin drivers are made in China. I'm not looking to debate the Chinese versus US thing, but I will say that I had a new Carvin 10" driver in one of my cabs and I blew it up the very first gig I did with it.
  15. ricguy

    ricguy Supporting Member

    Jul 22, 2006
    Syracuse, NY
    Just for the heck of it, I tried my GenzBenz Streamliner 900 though my LS1503 last night at home, and it sounded great! Not too boomy/bassy, lots of clarity in the mids and the highs were super sweet. I'll use these two together on a gig Saturday to see how they work in a band context. If it sounds as good on the gig as it does in the basement, I may have to take this cabinet out of retirement.

    Hmmm...I wonder what a LS1523 and the STM900 would sound like together??
  16. kringle77

    kringle77 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    Massena NY
    This is an example of where an Fdeck HPF3 would give you alot more output without hurting the cab. They do sound good and a steal of a price.
  17. hobbes1


    Nov 3, 2006
    I have one and it sounds great. can get a little farty on the lowest notes if pushed hard but i've been happy with it. it's heavy though and i've been moving to the 1x12 setup recently. been using the 1503 more as a PA speaker for my eDrum kit than anything else lately. sounds really good for that too :)
  18. rpsands


    Jul 6, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I use them as PA mains :)
  19. MostlyBass


    Mar 3, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    How was the low end? Did you use a 5 string?

    I see you're from Syracuse - I grew up in central NY.