The Musician's Bass Amp, Bass Master
Amp and PB-150 & PB-300 heads were discontinued in 1987, and
replaced with the Pro Bass line of amps, which were powered by the new
Pro Bass II head, which was available in a rack-mount version and a
stage head version. The Concert Bass Amp was still part of the
line, but used the new Pro Bass II head.
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The photo at left was common in bass and
guitar magazines of the late 80's, showing Matt Thorr with a V440T
bass, and a Super Concert Bass Amp. The Super Concert Bass Amp
used a new PBII-300 head, V412H cabinet and Electro-Voice loaded
3000-E subwoofer. It was available for $1189.
The PBII-300 (above) and PBII-100
(below) were Carvin's new bass heads for 1987. These solid-state amps
were the basis for all other bass amps for the year, and offered 330W or 100W
of power. The PBII-300 was also available in a rack-mountable
unit. The PBII-100 had high and low inputs, deep boost, 4-band
parametric EQ, sustain, threshold and crossover controls. It sold for
$329. The PBII-300 had the same features as the PBII-100, and also
included a 5-band graphic EQ in a 300W package. The PBII-300 sold for
$479, and the PBII-300R rack-mountable unit sold for $449.
The new Pro Bass 115
amp used the PBII-100 head, connected to a 15" BM115-M
cabinet. The standard speaker was Carvin's HE15 bass speaker,
but the cabinet could be loaded with Electro-Voice EVM-15B
speakers. The system was capable of supporting up to 4 BM115M
cabinets, but was only offered in a single and double stack
model. The Pro Bass 115, with single speaker enclosure, sold for
$479. The SB115-H, with two 15" cabinets, sold for $789.
The new Pro Bass 215 system
available in two configurations - the PB215-H, which consisted of a
100W PBII-100 head, and a B215-H cabinet loaded with 2 15" Carvin
High Energy Speakers; and the SB215-H, which consisted of a PBII-300
head and B215-H cabinet. The PB215-H sold for $549, and the
SB215-H sold for $699.
The Concert Bass Amp
benefited from the new Pro Bass heads. The SB-412H consisted of
the PBII-300 head, and and one V412H 4X12 cabinet. It sold for
$799. The SB-818H system was composed of a PBII-300 head, V412H
4X12 cabinet and V118H 18" speaker cabinet. It sold for