Bass Amps

There are several banner years in Carvin's 50-year history, and 1976 is one of them.  So many things happened, it's hard to summarize them all.  First, in the marketing department, the 62-page 1976 catalog was printed entirely in color, the first time Carvin had done this.  This was also the first year that a wide selection of PA systems was offered (which may be part of the reason that the return address label on the catalog referred to the company as "Carvin Music & Sound Co.").  The catalog also represented the basic form that would continue for years to come, with an entire page devoted to each model, versus many models on each page.  

1976 Basses

1976 Guitars

1976 Guitar Amps

In the Bass Amps department, there were only two models to choose from, in solid-state platforms.  There were no combos; just full concert stacks.  Although there were no tube models, Carvin's tube amps (see the Guitar Amps page) could be used with bass speaker enclosures.

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1976 Carvin Catalog Cover
1976 Carvin BM700 Musician's Bass Amp

Carvin's primary bass amp for '76 was the BM700 Musician's Bass Amp (left).  This was comprised of the 125W SC2000 solid-state head (see below) and one TR1000 cabinet with a pair of 15" MagnaLab speakers.  This model sold for $419.00.  It was also offered as the ABM700, which included the Altec-Lansing-loaded AL1221 cabinet.  It sold for $559.00.  A more powerful version was offered as well, the SBM700 Super Bass Master, which included a 250W SC3000 solid-state head and two TR1000 speaker cabinets.  Direct price on this model was $695.00.

Carvin also offered the FH1800 Folded Horn Concert Bass Amps (right) in 1976.  The FH1800 featured an 125W SC2000 solid-state amp, and one FH980 folded horn speaker enclosure, which had a single Electro-Voice EVM18B 18" bass speaker.  The complete system sold for $580.00.  Also available was the SFH1800-1, which had a 250W SC3000 amp with a single FH980 speaker cabinet.  It sold for $650.00.  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 $980.00.

1976 Carvin FH1800 Concert Bass Amp


The primary heads used on Carvin's bass amps in 1976 were the 125W SC2000 and 250W SC3000.  These basic solid-state power amps had a master volume, sustain drive, reversible ground and 7-band graphic EQ.  The SC2000 sold for $240.00, and the SC3000 sold for $310.00.


1976 Carvin SC2000 Power Amp
1976 Carvin Bass Speakers

Carvin offered several speaker enclosures for bass applications, loaded with Carvin's own MagnaLab speakers, Altec-Lansings, or Electro-Voice speakers.  The TR1000 (far left) was the standard cab on the BM700, and the FH980 (near left) was the standard on the FH1800.  These could also be purchased separately, for $210.00 and $340.00, respectively.