Carvin offered a wide
selection of amps in 1981, in every configuration from small combos to
medium stacks to full-blown concert stacks. Amps and amp heads
were available in solid-state and tube varieties, in various wattages
with various features.
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All new for 1981
was the X-100 series of amplifiers. These tube amps were offered in a
variety of configurations, including stacks and combos. The standalone
head was offered as the X-60 and the X-100, which produced 60W and 100W
respectively. This unit had a lead and rhythm channel, 3-band parametric
EQ, 5-band graphic EQ, reverb and presence controls. The X-60 sold for
$419.00, and the X-100 sold for $489.00. To read more about the X-Amps, click
A variety of new combo
amps, based on the X100 chassis, was offered in 1981. The XV-212
(shown) produced 100W into a pair of 12" MagnaLab speakers.
It sold for $569.00. The XB-112, XT-112 and XV-112E
produced 30W, 60W and 100W (respectively) into a 12" MagnaLab
speaker (an EV speaker was used on the XV-112E). These units
sold for $379.00, $459.00 and $629.00. The XV-115J was a
100W combo which used a 15" JBL speaker. It sold for
100W combo was also offered in an attractive solid oak cabinet as well
as the standard Tolex covering. Price on this model was $714.00.
The XVS-112E (far
left) and XV812-M (near left) represented both extremes of
Carvin stacks in 1981. The XVS-112E used the 100W XV-112E with
an EV-12L Electro-Voice speaker in an extension cabinet. Price
on this unit was $799.00, or $979.00 with oak enclosures.
The XV Concert Stacks
were available in a variety of configurations, with both Celestion and
MagnaLab speakers. The XV-412M was a single stack with an X-100
head and a 4X12 MagnaLab cabinet. It was also offered as the
XV-412C, which had Celestion speakers. Prices on these were
$769.00 and $869.00, respectively. The XV812M and XV812C were
double-stack models, with 2 4X12 MagnaLab or Celestion speakers and an
X-100 head. These sold for $1049.00 (MagnaLab) or $1249.00
The ST-125 and
ST-300 solid-state heads were the power behind Carvin's ST Concert
Stacks. These heads produced 125W and 300W into 2 channels. Each
channel had a 7-band graphic equalizer, as well as master volume, reverb and
drive on each channel. The 125W ST-125 sold for $439.00, and the 300W
ST-300 sold for $519.00.
There were a variety of
stacks offered based on the ST Series amp heads. Like the XV
Concert Stacks, these were offered with MagnaLab or Celestion
speakers. The ST-412M single stack, with MagnaLab
speakers and the ST-125 head, sold for $719.00, it the Celestion
equipped equivalent sold for $819.00. The STS-412M and STS-412C
were single-stack models that had the ST-300 head. They sold for
$795.00 and $895.00. Also offered were the STS-812M
(shown) and STS-812C double-stacks, with had two cabinets (MagnaLab or
Celestion) with the ST-300 head. The STS-812M sold for
$1079.00, and the STS-812C sold for $1279.00.
Carvin offered a wide
range of speaker cabinets that could be purchased separately.
The cabs were equipped with Carvin's MagnaLab speakers, as well as
Celestions, JBLs and Electro-Voices. Carvin also offered just
the speakers without cabinets, as well as horns.