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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-16-2003, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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Carvin X100B

Anyone have some sound clips of this thing with high gain? I've heard flexable, and I really really love the clean tone on it, but I haven't really heard the high gain setting. Could someone post some clips or describe the tone of it? Thanks.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-18-2003, 02:25 AM
 
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I don't have any clips of my X100-B to post here, but I can guarantee you that the X100-B is the best sounding and most versatile 100 watt tube amp you'll find anywhere for under $500.
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It really sounds to me like the clean tones on Flexable are direct into the board with a little chorus and reverb.
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I found one on the internet for $250 U.S...should I go for it?
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If it's in working condition, other than maybe needing tubes, jump on it.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-20-2003, 05:36 PM
 
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I love my X100-B. Be careful, however. I bought mine via an online transaction and, not being a tech or a professional, did not become aware until later that the amp I purchased had been through a whole lot more than the seller told me. Wasn't till I retubed and had a tech look at it for rebiasing that I found out the extent of the problems. The amp hobbles along but only because I don't gig with it and don't push it at loud volumes. I'm told that to get it fixed it's going to cost (in labor alone) probably half what I paid originally.

As for high gain, everything I've tried with it and all I've researched about it indicate that for 1990's style metal ("scooped mids" etc) it's not going to make it. I regularly use the DS-1 (Keeley Mod) and get more gain that way. I love the AC/DC sort of tone I can get, Frank Zappa sounds, and of course it's great for a Vai tone too. I love the reverb on it. The five-band eq makes it tricky sometimes to dial in the tone I want. Occasionally it's frustrating (especially now that I'm having aforementioned troubles with it) and I still need to get a proper channel-switching footswitch (FS-36 hard to find).

Carvin.com has a BBoard with lots of discussion about this amp and its strengths and weaknesses.
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