Need a new rig, desperately, to use with my Spector! (thinking a Carvin BR610 combo?)

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by DinnerWithAGypsy, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. I just got my new bass, a 5-string Spector Euro LX in black cherry and it's great. :D

    I'm going to Greenville College this fall as a freshman and will be majoring in music with an emphasis on recording and production. My buddy goes there already (he'll be a junior this coming year), and he's constantly involved in three or four different musical projects and/or bands, so I anticipate being equally involved in music, especially since I play both electric and bass guitar.

    Now, I have a Peavey Basic 112 combo right now, which, I will say, I really don't like. The tone, I find, is really sterile and I dunno, I just don't like it.

    Regardless, though, I still need a new rig for college with which to jam with other people and play small to medium-sized gigs.

    I need something that will definitely be able to handle the frequency of the low B-string.

    I want something that sounds crisp and not overly bassy. Something with growl.

    I play almost all types of music, mainly all types of rock though, from soft indie-type stuff (like Copeland) to funk and classic rock to straight up metal (I love BTBAM and Dan's tone - part of the reason why I was interested in Spector basses in the first place ;) ).

    I love playing RHCP stuff, too. I know, how cliche..but it's true. lol

    So right now, I've been looking at the Carvin BR610 as it was recommended to me...

    My budget is around $600. I am open to looking into the used market, however, warranties are always nice. :p
  2. 68Goldfish

    68Goldfish Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    Port Orchard WA
    What about a GK 800RB. There's some pretty classic bass sounds made with the spector/GK combo. The heads are pretty cheap, 350$ or so used here on TB. Now the cabs a different story. A good 4x10 or even a used fridge would be awesome.
  3. I have heard good things as well on the Carvin plus you could always add another cab down the road when you have some free cash or even two I think that one goes down to 2 ohms. I have not tried one myself so I can't say for sure but if you get one I want a review
  4. DanielleMuscato


    Jun 19, 2004
    Columbia, Missouri, USA
    Endorsing Artist, Schroeder Cabinets
    Carvins are fantastic. You won't be disappointed. You'd be very hard-pressed to find a better amp for that price (if you buy new).
  5. Okay, I'll definitely look into that GK head and GK gear in general..
    So would you recommend a GK cab to go with the 800RB head, as well, or another kind?

    Does anyone else have any input on GK heads or GK amplification in general considering my situation and what not?
    How about some input on the Carvin BR610? Would it be a wise choice?

    EDIT: Thanks for all your guys's feedback; while I typed this reply you had already responded and I hadn't seen all your responses yet, but I do appreciate them! :)
  6. Bump.
  7. buckminster

    buckminster Inactive

    Apr 29, 2006
    Sacramento, CA
    Two of my bass player friends got Carvin combos recently. One got the smaller 15 combo, the BR15, and the other got the BR615. I played through the little BR15 and it sounded great.

    There is a "blem" BR610 combo on the Carvin eBay store for $499.99 ($500) right now. I would presonally prefer the BR615 with the single 15, but the BR610 is still a great little combo for the price.
  8. ryan(MAIDEN)


    Jan 27, 2008
    dont get gk's backline series.... but the 800 rb head is a tank
  9. I'm assuming your referring to its sturdiness and the overall build quality of the head..?

    How's the tone?
  10. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    I briefly owned a Carvin BR610 and wasn't a big fan. The controls can be confusing, it didn't cut well at high volumes, it is big and heavy and at $600 plus shipping, it isn't that cheap.

    I would recommend looking at some gently used gear (Ampeg, Mesa, SWR, GK). You should be able to find a better combo or even a 300-400W head and 1x15 or 2x10 cab

    I am am back to Ampeg as my main gigging rig and love it but I am using an all tube head and a Sadowsky cab which costs more than $600.

    As always... if it sounds good to you buy it! I like Carvin gear usually but bought the BR610 online and didn't try it prior to buying. Big mistake IMO and I sold it after a few months.
  11. Okay.

    I'm a bit confused towards the Carvin BR610, or actually Carvin amplification in general. Everyone either says they hate it because it sounds too empty and transparent or they say they love it and that it's great bang for the buck.
    I guess it just comes down to everyone's personal preference, but considering I live in IL, I can't really try out a Carvin since they ship out of CA.

    I'm really interested in Gallien-Krueger, though. If I were to get a GK 800RB head, what cabinet would all of you suggest I get to go with it?
    Aren't aguilar cabs really nice?
  12. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    Aguilar, Epipani, GK, Mesa, Bag End and even Ampeg are good cabs IMO.

    I personally like buying used Ampeg 1x15 and 2x10 cabs. They can usually be found for $250-300 each in good shape and are built well.

    Try a few different ones in your local GC and other stores.
  13. MarkMyWordsXx


    May 17, 2006
    no one is questioning why your thinking about lugging around a 6x10 when you plan to be an active musician in college? am i missing something here?
  14. DanielleMuscato


    Jun 19, 2004
    Columbia, Missouri, USA
    Endorsing Artist, Schroeder Cabinets
  15. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Seems like for the situation, a good combo amp would fit perfectly. There are many 210, 115, even 212 combos with a solid 300 watts or more. Problem is, most will need to be bought used, they're kinda steep new. But for transporting gear all over campus, or town, a combo in one hand, bass on your back, and a bag o cables in the other, done. Some combos worth mentioning would be the GK800 2x12?, Mesa Walkabout, even the Markbass combos with a 12 or 210's, and many many more.
  16. jarrod cunningham

    jarrod cunningham

    Apr 24, 2007
    sylacauga alabama
    spector basses
    man , opinions are like a$$holes ... you have people bash carvin for reasons of the past products , not the newer ones . since ampeg went over the water , carvin and peavey have hired people from their departure ... i own a lot of carvin gear and actually sold ampeg and gk gear after getting it . its usa made which is getting rare , and is the best for the money in that market .
  17. Is this what you were talking about by way of a GK 212 combo?

    And thank you for all the suggestions and feedback everyone. :D
    I really do appreciate it.

    Keep it comin'! :bassist:
  18. Bump.
  19. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Sure, that's a totally kickass combo amp right there. And, you could always add on another speaker cab to it later on, creating a monster rig. Best of luck in your search.
  20. CrackBass


    Aug 10, 2004
    used gk800, definately one of the best deals on a solid giggable amp. then just shop around for a used cab. look for a 410 or 212. that will work for gigs a lot better than 210's imo.

    you can find old cabs from swr, eden, or peavey that will still let you fit or at least get close to your budget.