#1
I've been looking for a nice, lightweight combo amp for home practice/small gigs/playing with other peeps, and I stumbled upon these sexy guys.

Carvin Linkage

Beyond the sweet portability and nice additional features (EQ options, compressor, extension cab option), they actually seem to pack a decent amount of punch for their size. The MB10 looks particularly nice for the price, but I'm mainly looking into the MB12 model.

The problem is that since they're so new, it's tough finding many reviews on them. Anyone here with any experience with them? Particularly the MB12 model? I live nowhere near California, so trying one out for myself is a moot point. =P

Also, I've read that these amps shine at their most with a matching extension cab. If you mixed the MB12 with... say a 1x15 or a 2x10, would there be phasing issues?


Things for consideration: I'm mainly looking at an amp that's portable (carrying a half-stack up 4 flights of stairs SUCKS just to jam with someone ) and def loud enough to play with others, and will be fine for at least small gigs. If the amp won't deliver, I can keep a watch out for something else. Tonewise, I like lots of mids & highs for a twangy tone, but versatility is nice. I don't really have experience with 12" speakers, but I get the impression that they are typically mid-heavy.
Some Bass Gearage:
*Black ESP LTD F-404 Bass (w/ Tribal Inlays! )

*Ashdown MAG-600 Amp Head
*Ashdown ABM 410T Cab (4X10)
*Acoustic B115 Cab (1X15)
*Sansamp Bass DI
#2
Those are pretty new, so I haven't come across one yet. All of Carvin's bass stuff is of first-rate quality and you get a lot of bang for the buck. How well that particular combo would do playing with other people is an open question, though. The folded horn design and the 250 watts at 4-ohms (which you would get only with an 8-ohm extension cabinet) aren't a lot of firepower for band settings. STill, with a good 1x15 cab to go with it, you'd have a nice rig as long as you don't play too loud.

How much are you looking to spend? If you've got more cash, take a look at Carvin's BR 510N:

http://www.carvinguitars.com/products/single.php?product=BR510N

and definitely look at SWR's WorkingPro 210C:

http://backstage.musiciansfriend.com/Bass/Bass-Amplifiers-Effects/Bass-Amplifiers/Bass-Combo-Amps/Solid-State-Combo-Bass-Amps/WorkingPro-2X10C-Bass-Combo-Amp.site1sku481995000000000.sku

The SWR is a particular favorite of mine.
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#3
Quote by FatalGear41

How much are you looking to spend? If you've got more cash, take a look at Carvin's BR 510N:

http://www.carvinguitars.com/products/single.php?product=BR510N

and definitely look at SWR's WorkingPro 210C:

http://backstage.musiciansfriend.com/Bass/Bass-Amplifiers-Effects/Bass-Amplifiers/Bass-Combo-Amps/Solid-State-Combo-Bass-Amps/WorkingPro-2X10C-Bass-Combo-Amp.site1sku481995000000000.sku

The SWR is a particular favorite of mine.


I wasn't wanting to go over $500-600ish max (Yeah, I know that's kind of a hard budget to work around for my expectations. =P)

Thanks for the links. Both of those amps you posted are nice, and the BR 510N looks like it'd be fine volume-wise, but neither are as "portable" as I was looking for. Sorry, maybe I should have specified "more lightweight".

I've had an amp very similar in shape/size/weight to the Carvin BR 510N, and it wasn't exactly the easiest to lug around. I ended up trading it to someone 'cuz it wasn't practical to transport, besides sounding like crap. =P And even tho the SWR one has built-in casters, the 85 pound weight definitely kills it for me.

What the Carvin Microbass series had going for it was the great portability/weight aspect. Check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v42nc3gsq38

Around 40 seconds in, the dude demonstrates how easy it is to carry around.

The only thing tho.... the portability/weight/ease aspect of the amp DOES lose it if you really need to lug around another extension cabinet to be heard.
Some Bass Gearage:
*Black ESP LTD F-404 Bass (w/ Tribal Inlays! )

*Ashdown MAG-600 Amp Head
*Ashdown ABM 410T Cab (4X10)
*Acoustic B115 Cab (1X15)
*Sansamp Bass DI
#4
If portability is your main goal, then you should look at one of the micro bass heads from companies like SWR or GK (and others) and find a 1x15 or 2x10 cab with Neo speakers. It doesn't get more portable than that, and you'll get a lot more sound and tone than out of a small combo. There's definitely something to be said for a great-sounding 500-watt amp that fits in a gig bag pocket.
"Maybe this world is another planet's hell?" - Aldous Huxley