1995 had been the year that guitarists
got all the new toys, and 1996 was the year that bassists got their
due. Everything was new in 1996, and the venerable Pro Bass 500,
and all amps based on it, were retired, as was the PB15 bass
preamp. However, there was plenty for bassists to be excited
about, in what would be the year that would lay the foundation for
Carvin bass amps used today.
pictures and prices are from the Fall 1996 catalog.
each picture for a larger version.
The first new models for 1996 were the Pro
Bass 100 head (top) and Pro Bass 200 head (below). These 100W
and 160W heads powered the PB100-10 and PB100-15 combos and the PB200-12
and PB200-15 combos. Both heads were basically the same, but the
PB200H had a 5-band graphic EQ, as well as active and passive inputs, which
were not available on the PB100H. The PB100H sold for $219, and the
PB100-10 and PB100-15 combos sold for $269 and $299, respectively. The
PB200H head was $289, and the PB200-12 and PB200-15 combos sold for $369 and
The R600 Red Line Series Tube amp
(below) was the shape of things to come in Carvin bass amps. This 600W
amp had two 300W power amps, active and passive inputs, compressor, noise
gate, pre shape controls, 4-band parametric EQ, gain/blend controls, master
volume, and volume controls for each power amp. Standard configuration
on this amp was a rack-mountable one, but a 2-space Duratuff II cabinet was
available for $29. The R600 sold for $569.
Also available was the RSP Red Line Stereo
Preamp (inset above). Controls and configurations was identical to
the R600, but it didn't have the dual power amps, as it was designed for use
with a seperate power amp. It sold for $379.
A variety of new amps were available
with the R600 amp. First up is the RL6815 Cyclops.
This 600W combo featured a 15" woofer, two 8" mid-range
drivers and the signature RedEye compression horn driver with
crossover. It sold for $849.
For the pro bassist, or the one who just
wanted at much sound as possible, there was the RL618 (shown
and the RL615. The RL618 used the R600 head, with an
RL410T cabinet (four 10" mid-range speakers, RedEye horn and
crossover) and an RL118 cabinet (single 18" woofer). The
RL615 was the same, with a 15" woofer versus an 18"
one. The RL618 sold for $1149, and the RL615 sold for $1099.
Next up is the RL610 (left) This
model used the R600 head with an RL210 cabinet (two 10" mid-range
speakers, RedEye horn and crossover) and an RL115 (single 15"
woofer) ported cabinets. This model sold for $999.