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Old 01-13-2011, 08:34 AM   #31
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It seems the new SB series is rather popular, and many seem to think the new alnico pickups are an upgrade compared to the old ceramic pickups. I haven't played a Carvin in years. :shrugs:
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:10 AM   #32
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I really dig the Bunnies. Put some Nordies in there and you've got a winnah. Problem is- these days, they're not the bang for buck they once were.
This. there is a lot of competition in their price range that simply wasn't there in years back. My Bunny is one of my absolute favs but I may have gotten the cherry. It plays like butter, sounds amazing, and is very lightweight. The neck profile is-to-die-for!
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:02 PM   #33
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Mine was mostly maple w/mahogany. Not the lightest flower of the bouquet. As much as I appreciated the design & materials, it just didn't offer what my EBMMs do.
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Old 01-14-2011, 01:23 AM   #34
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This. there is a lot of competition in their price range that simply wasn't there in years back....

Agreed. Go back 15 years ago, and there were no decent "mid-level" basses to be found. Everything was CHEAP (inexpensive...for obvious reasons) or EXPENSIVE. And Carvin sorta/kinda filled in this gap. For what I paid for mine at the time, I could have added another $3-400 and bought (another) 4-string Fender (they didn't offer 5-string, lefty). MTD, Yamaha, etc. - there simply wasn't a good $700 bass out there, not lefties.

Things have changed.
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:25 AM   #35
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Agreed. Go back 15 years ago, and there were no decent "mid-level" basses to be found. Everything was CHEAP (inexpensive...for obvious reasons) or EXPENSIVE. And Carvin sorta/kinda filled in this gap. For what I paid for mine at the time, I could have added another $3-400 and bought (another) 4-string Fender (they didn't offer 5-string, lefty). MTD, Yamaha, etc. - there simply wasn't a good $700 bass out there, not lefties.

Things have changed.
This. Instead of going EBMM, I thought a Carvin would be a good way for me to test the boutique waters. The internet made it possible for folks like me to learn about builders like Skjold, Stamaugh(sp), Hanewinckel, Valenti, etc.
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Old 01-14-2011, 01:44 PM   #36
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The internet made it possible for folks like me to learn about builders like Skjold, Stamaugh(sp), Hanewinckel, Valenti, etc.
Speaking of Valenti, I just read today that he has lowered his prices by cutting out the middle man (dealers). He will now sell direct only.
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Old 01-14-2011, 02:14 PM   #37
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Speaking of Valenti, I just read today that he has lowered his prices by cutting out the middle man (dealers). He will now sell direct only.
Huh. I thought he had always dealt direct.
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I still think the Bunny basses have the best looking upper horns of any bass.
Blech.... too thin. I like mine to have some girth to it.


Some of their basses are nice to look at. I've never played one.
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Old 01-14-2011, 02:35 PM   #39
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Blech.... too thin. I like mine to have some girth to it..
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:51 PM   #41
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The new Carvin PU's on the SB and B basses are excellent. Bass Gear magazine's bass tech calls the SB4000 the best active thousand dollar bass available in the market today. He's no pushover either, he's basically the Simon Cowell of bass reviewers. I have a new B40 on order and will post pics when I get it.
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:21 PM   #42
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Saw a decked out used Carvin SB5000 at GC for 1699.00 last week. Re-sale value of their basses is apparently going up, as it should be.
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