As had been the case
for most of Carvin's history, only a couple of bass amps were offered,
with different variants on the basic configurations.
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heads used on Carvin's bass amps in 1978 were the 125W SC2000 and 250W
SC3000, which had been part of Carvin's lineup since 1976. These basic solid-state power amps had a master volume, sustain
drive, reversible ground and 7-band graphic EQ. The SC2000 sold for
$250.00, and the SC3000 sold for $320.00.
(left) featured an 125W SC2000 solid-state amp, and one FH980 folded horn
speaker enclosure, which had a single Electro-Voice EVM188 18"
bass speaker. The complete system sold for $600.00. Also
available was the SFH1800-1, which had a 250W SC3000 amp with a
single FH980 speaker cabinet. It sold for $670.00. For
larger applications, Carvin offered the SFH1800-2, which used
the SC3000 head, and a pair of FH980 cabinets. Direct price on
this system was $1000.00.
Carvin's primary bass
amp for '78 was the BM800 Musician's Bass Amp (right). This was
comprised of the 125W SC2000 solid-state head and one TR1000 cabinet
with a pair of 15" MagnaLab speakers. This model sold for $455.00.
It was also offered as the JBL800, which included the JBL-loaded
JBL1000 cabinet equipped with a pair of 15" JBL K-140 bass
speakers. It sold for $625.00. A more powerful version was
offered as well, the SBM800-2 Super Bass Master, which included
a 250W SC3000 solid-state head and two TR1000 speaker cabinets.
Direct price on this model was $750.00. An equivalent JBL-equipped
model was offered, the SJBL800-2, which sold for $1075.00.