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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Another new amp - Carvin MB10

themaestro

Wichita, Kansas

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Apr 23rd, 2015 07:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One of the bands I play in is a big swing band. It doesn't require a huge bass sound, so I had playing with a Fender Bassman 150 single 12 inch that I like. It's not too heavy, but the kickback cabinet is a size that does not fit into the trunk of either of my cars, causing me to drive my beater Explorer to band rehearsals and gigs. I don't like loading amps into car seats.

Enter a Carvin MB10. About 180 watts into a sealed 10 inch speaker. Carvin had them on sale for a decent price, so I took a chance.

It does the job with the big band. I run the bass EQ up a little to get a little fuller sound. The amp controls include drive, contour, 2-mid parametric, and a compressor.

The best part is that this little wonder fits through the woefully small entrance to the trunk of my Mustang.

The amp goes to 250 watts under a 4 ohm load. When I plug in an extension cabinet this thing can get loud.

I am pleased.

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May 26th, 2015 07:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cool. I like Carvin gear; I've had good luck with Carvin since the early 80s.

Another totally portable rig is the Gallien Kreuger MB112 1x12 combo. 200 watts into a ported 12" enclosure.

The thing is small and *lightweight* but really makes a nice thump that keeps up with a drummer and a couple of guitar wankers. I have the first version of this; the MB112 II is what's being sold these days.

less than 30 lbs? Yep.

tmc
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May 29th, 2015 06:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I haven't tried the Carvin, but have the GK MB112 II. it's a great amp. Peegoo is right, It can keep up with just about anything at sane volume levels.

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May 30th, 2015 08:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been thinking for a while about pairing a G-K MB200 head with a homemade light weight 1x10 cab fitted with an Eminence Basslite 10" driver, and using this setup for upright bass.

But now these 10" mini bass combos are popping up all over. Another one is the Traynor SB110, which Gollihur Music says does very well as an upright bass amp.

G-K, Carvin, Traynor -- Wish I could try them all.

traynor sb110

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Jul 28th, 2017 06:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just got a Carvin MB10 recently. It sits nicely on top of my TC BG250 (1 X 15"). I run them together through a Lehle AB/Y pedal that totally isolates the two signals. That way I can run my OD pedal just into the Carvin while the BG250 keeps the lower frequencies nice and fat (since they can otherwise sometimes drop out a bit with OD/distortion).

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Jul 28th, 2017 07:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My BOSS ME-50B has a sound similar to that. It applies overdrive to just the higher frequencies. I would imagine that your solution probably sounds better.

Speaking of the MB10, I realized that I needed a little more speaker, as I was occasionally causing the speaker to fart out. I moved up to the MB210, with 2 10in speakers. The cab is the same width and depth, but a little taller. It still fits in my car trunks.

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Jul 29th, 2017 01:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"My BOSS ME-50B has a sound similar to that. It applies overdrive to just the higher frequencies."

I know Boss/Roland makes some pretty cool stuff, though I'm not familiar with the ME-50B. I have a MicroCube RX bass practice amp that is tiny, weighs almost nothing yet sounds very nice at quiet practice volume levels, despite having only 4 X 4" speakers. Will run on batteries or the AC adapter that comes with it and plays some rudimentary (tempo adjustable) beats to help keep you in time.

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Jul 29th, 2017 01:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I would imagine that your solution probably sounds better."

The distortion pedal I'm currently infatuated with is a Darkglass Vintage Microtubes, which is completely quiet and offers nuanced control over your distorted signal. I am very happy with it. They make several other versions which have even more bells and whistles, but my wallet was already screaming when I bought this one (even though it was at a discount).

I'm not a big pedal guy and don't play metal. Wasn't looking for a fuzz or anything too "wooly" or "raspy", so this thing punched my ticket.

Darkglass Vintage Microtubes distortion pedal:

Tony Wright
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Aug 2nd, 2017 10:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had an MB210 first generation with the metal grill. LOVED IT!

well, except for the "carry". I found that mine was a little awkward to carry and I always banged my knee with it. I kept it thru my band days with Slick Willie and the Right Cats because it fit the sound we needed and was plenty loud enough for small to medium size clubs or private functions.

When I left that band, I decided I would downsize a little. I wanted something slightly easier to transport and carry into venues. I ended up with an Ampeg PF350 head and the Ampeg SVT210AV cabinet. It is slightly "less" volume than the GK. The Ampeg sound is certainly acceptable. I kind of wished that I had opted for the MB500 head, but that would have meant a more expensive cabinet...

For a practical matter...I am playing house parties and small venue gigs. At rehearsal I play thru my mixer and a single Yamaha DBR10 powered PA cabinet along with the acoustic guitar and the two vocals. About half the gigs get the same set up...and we add a second DBR-10 for the "larger" rooms.

Getting older has it own rewards...they are making gear we can actually carry without taking the grandkids to schlepp gear. (Mine are still too young to carry gear. That is what you get for waiting until you are 30 to have your own kids, and they wait just as long...sigh.)

themaestro
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Aug 2nd, 2017 04:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tony, I'm talking about a Carvin MB210, not the GK. The Carvin enclosure is 24 in high, 12.5 in wide and about 11 in deep. Pretty compact.

Specs say about 200 watts. With another 8 ohm extension cab (4 ohm total), wattage is about 250.

Pic of Carvin MB210

themaestro
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Aug 2nd, 2017 04:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I also have an Ampeg PF350 (and a PF500). I like the sound of the PF350 best. The EQ settings are centered in just the right places for what I like to hear.

Tony Wright
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Oct 15th, 2017 10:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a situation come up where I kind of needed a small rig for some rehearsals and small gigs recently. So I started searching for a used MB10 based on your review. I was not in a rush or crisis so when I did not find one, I was patient.

Then I considered a new one and went on line and saw there were no discounts...so again I waited.

I came close to pulling the trigger, but I needed to wait until payday...

...and by now, you have guessed the unpleasant punch line to this tale...

By the time pay day rolled around, Carvin had closed its doors.

I still needed a small (physically small, not small power) rig, so I decided to order a used Eden EX110 speaker cabinet from FDP sponsor Guitar Center (El Paso store) to mate with my Ampeg PF350 head. It should be here within the week. I hope.

We shall see how it does...when it arrives.

Just another case of strike while the iron is hot...and ALWAYS TRUST themaestro!!!

Tony Wright
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Oct 19th, 2017 09:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well...

The Eden EX110 and the Ampeg PF350 make beautiful music together. I am happy with my small rig.

And always trust themaestro...

Lukkydog

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Oct 19th, 2017 11:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Isnt Carvin folding their tent and disappearing?

themaestro
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Oct 20th, 2017 06:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, it appears Carvin's electronics arm is closing. I don't know what that means for repair support, but it doesn't bother me. Carvin's MB line were inexpensive items. I bought the MB10 during a sale. I bought the MB210 used on Reverb. I consider them disposable. I don't think I would have paid to have them shipped to Carvin and repaired.

If I had a large amp or big PA equipment, I would be a little more worried.

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