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    Default Carvin X100B Reissue.....

    Anyone play one of these bad boys yet? There is something about the design of the is amp that really speaks to me. Not being able to try it out really stinks, but I am impressed by this YouTube video (this means very little in a real world, practicably sense). Has anyone owned, played or heard one of these amps personally? If you have what did you think about it?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkVJ7AxkBH4
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    No I Havent Played One
    But Kevin Kyle Had An Orginal One He Bought Off Steve Vai

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    Default Re: Carvin X100B Reissue.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaijun 1 View Post
    No I Havent Played One
    But Kevin Kyle Had An Orginal One He Bought Off Steve Vai

    I Will See If I Can Get Rickster To Help You Out Hes Got One
    Thanks Man, I Appreciate That, Some More Info Would Certainly Be Cool
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    I played one back in the 80's but... back then I was using a Marshall MK II Master Volume and the X 100 sounded "inexpressive" being an all tube amp, compared to the Marshall.

    Didn't like it.

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    Default Re: Carvin X100B Reissue.....

    Quote Originally Posted by GLUGSTER View Post
    Anyone play one of these bad boys yet? There is something about the design of the is amp that really speaks to me. Not being able to try it out really stinks, but I am impressed by this YouTube video (this means very little in a real world, practicably sense). Has anyone owned, played or heard one of these amps personally? If you have what did you think about it?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkVJ7AxkBH4


    Glugster, not sure where you are in CA, but I lived in OC and have been to Carvin's main show room along with the Santa Ana and Hollywood store. Well worth visiting.
    Their guitars are EXTREMELY well made and play just as well.

    I had an original X100-B in 1983. The one in the video ( a modern one) doesn't sound bad....I'll still take my Rivera. The one I had sounded cold and even though it had tubes, it sounded solid state to me. I believe it was because the tone controls were active and did not blend together as on a Marshall. A Marshall tone was my benchmark and was what I was expecting. A friend and I both bought the 1/2 stack for around $919 back then. He sold his a month later. I sold mine a couple of years later.

    A lot of guys love this amp....look at the reviews @ Harmony Central...I'm just not one of them. YMMV. Just remember, Carvin products have poor resale value if you ever decide to buy one.....maybe you could get one used if you decide to go for it.

    I never got to try a Legacy in person, but I think the RP1000 model sounds pretty good.

    If you're interested, I would definitely head to a show room.
    If the one in Hollywood is still around, you could also go visit the Vintage Room in the Guitar Center across the street. THAT alone is worth a trip (even though most of their 70s guitar are WAY overpriced).

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    Default Re: Carvin X100B Reissue.....

    I liked my old X100B that I had back around 90. It was a great clean amp. Not all that great for hi gain though.

    I also had a Carvin Legacy, which I loved. (Incidentaly the RP1000 model in no way captures the smooth nature of the Legacy).

    I also had a Carvin Nomad, which for a nice little blues amp with a few pedals was not bad either.

    I LOVE the low resale value of Carvins. Very undervalued in the used market. I most of my gear used, so the low resale value to me is a huge blessing.
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