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The Carvin RL810 8x10" Bass System

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Lakini's Juice, Oct 21, 2001.

  1. any thoughts? i need a new amp. and my guitarist wants me to get this huge thing. i have the money for it. i just think it might be total overkill. i dunno. any coments or anything on this amp would be helpful.
  2. MikeyD


    Sep 9, 2000
    Running bridged out of the R1000 head, it's probably Carvin's loudest bass amp set-up. But given the limited low end response of the 10" drivers and cab, it would probably be somewhat like Ampeg's SVT 810 on the low end. High end would probably be a bit more "modern" or crisper due to the presence of the tweeter, though. I don't see much evidence that Carvin's 10"-loaded bass amp cabinets are the ticket to strong fundamentals below about 60-80 Hz., though. But if you like the SVT sound - or are into more "midrangy" bass - then it might work well for you. Also consider the headache of hauling that big cabinet around - are you playing in big-enough venues to justify it?
    - Mike
  3. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    Will he carry it for you?
  4. which amp would you recommend for a great low end?
  5. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    WHOA WHOA WHOA!!! NOT TRUE!!! The low end of 8x10s are incredible, well atleast on my SWR Megoliath. The porting is what makes 1 8x10 different from another. I think the Megoliath has the best porting for any 8x10. Its very loud, and the 10s produce so much clean, defined, low frequencies it'll make the floodgates in your rectum open wide! i almost sh*t my pants the 1st i heard it in the store at volume 5 thru a Ampeg SVT-4PRO. Now thats i've got it with a 1500w Poweramp, it makes my bladder release at volume 2. no joke. and it sounds so crystal clear, the highs and mids, it doesnt compare to anything else.

    The only thing I would see about upgrading about my rig in the future is adding another cabinet w/its separate poweramp and the cabs would be 18"s so I can get a subharmonic synth to work at its best.
  6. MikeyD


    Sep 9, 2000
    That is all well and good, but the subject of the thread - and my reply - specifically concerned Carvin's 10" systems. I mentioned Ampeg's SVT 810 because, although I don't have direct experience with one, Ampeg publishes specs that indicate its low bass performance (below 60 Hz.) is somewhat lacking.

    Regarding getting a better low end, Carvin's 1x18 and 1x15 cabinets perform better, but they are still not the best available on the market relative to low frequency response. Carvin's large PA cabinets and subwoofers might perform a bit better than their bass guitar cabinets, but they are pretty cumbersome.

    - Mike
  7. Captain Awesome

    Captain Awesome

    Apr 2, 2001
    You can get a big low end out of any bass amp, including the Carvin. It's the cabs that the low end depends on.