INSTRUCTION STRINGS ACCESSORIES MUSIC LINKS
 Visit Our Catalog at SteelGuitarShopper.com for Steel Guitars, Strings, Instruction, Music and Accessories 
Forum Index
where steel players meet online
The Steel Guitar Forum

Post new topic Carvin Audio closing
Reply to topic
Author Topic:  Carvin Audio closing
Doug Earnest


From:
Branson, MO USA
Post Posted 9 Oct 2017 2:19 pm     Reply with quote

I just received an email from Carvin that said they are closing the doors on the electronics manufacturing operation.

It is a sad day. Carvin has provided good quality value priced electronics for a long time.

There was no mention of the instrument manufacturing operation. I hope it will survive.

The world is changing.
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
David Gertschen


From:
Phoenix, Arizona
Post Posted 9 Oct 2017 6:29 pm     Reply with quote

Sadly true. Hard to believe a family owned company with 70 years of history would just shut the doors...I feel bad for their employees.
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Scott Duckworth


From:
Etowah, TN Western Foothills of the Smokies
Post Posted 10 Oct 2017 3:06 pm     Reply with quote

Wow. INHO they had some of the best sound systems out there. I ran an entire Carvin system when I had my gospel quartet. We did everything from store front churches to large outdoor venues.
_________________
(1) E6 Rogue lap steel, (1) A6 Rogue lap steel, Li'l Izzy, Zoom MS-50G Effects Pedal into a Berhinger mixer and Harbinger V2112 speaker(s).

Amateur Radio Operator NA4IT (Extra)
http://www.qsl.net/na4it

I may, in fact, be nuts. However, I am screwed onto the right bolt... Jesus!
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Tom Wolverton


From:
San Diego, CA
Post Posted 11 Oct 2017 12:44 am     Reply with quote

Amps:

http://www.guitarplayer.com/amplifiers/1017/carvin-audio-closes-factory-will-liquidate-assets/64068


Guitars:

http://www.guitarworld.com/carvins-new-company-kiesel-guitars-handle-guitar-and-bass-manufacturing
_________________
To write with a broken pencil is pointless.
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Tony Prior


From:
Charlotte NC..
Post Posted 11 Oct 2017 2:06 am     Reply with quote

Also remember that the Kiesel name on the guitars is the family name of the founder, carried on by a relative. Too bad about the Amps.

thx

t
_________________
<b>Steel Guitar music here >>> http://www.tprior.com/five.htm</b>

Emmons Steels, Fender Telecasters
Pro Tools 8 and Pro Tools 12


Last edited by Tony Prior on 18 Oct 2017 12:18 pm; edited 2 times in total
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Jon Zimmerman


From:
California, USA
Post Posted 11 Oct 2017 12:11 pm     Reply with quote

Distressing to hear. Especially employees blindsided. Wonder if a key figure passed, or if the finances were leveraged too far. Maybe Quilter would find they could go thru n pick out what they could acquire? The Banks usually win in your ...ahem..in the end. Steve Vai! Where are you? Relaxing by the pool? Cool

Our church Sanctuary has a year-old PA, all Carvin. Powered towers, in-ear or monitor, tablet controlled, or IPhone. Single tower can be used out doors w/ acoustics..very flexible, and capable.
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Jerry Overstreet


From:
Louisville Ky
Post Posted 11 Oct 2017 12:33 pm     Reply with quote

Might want to check out their website for some close-out deals if you're into Carvin gear.
View user's profile Send private message
George Redmon


Post Posted 11 Oct 2017 2:07 pm     Reply with quote

I have owned and played Carvin 6 strings, for the past 30 years or so. Wasn't much into their amps, but love their guitars. Best bang for the buck. My dad also played a couple early Carvin pedal steels when i was a kid. Always loved gitting their catalong in the mail, and dreaming.......
View user's profile Send private message
David Gertschen


From:
Phoenix, Arizona
Post Posted 11 Oct 2017 3:11 pm     Reply with quote

Jerry Overstreet wrote:
Might want to check out their website for some close-out deals if you're into Carvin gear.


Yes, 25% off list, but no returns allowed. I'm surprised that is all they are offering, as everyone now knows there will be no parts, service or support offered any longer. Kind of risky, IMHO.
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Jim Sliff


From:
Lawndale California, USA
Post Posted 11 Oct 2017 9:20 pm     Reply with quote

There are SO many different amps available nowadays - most at local music/guitar stores - that IMO Carvin's mail order business model is very dated - I'm surprised the electronics end has lasted this long. We were talking about Carvin the other day at a local amp tech shop, and they hadn't seen any Carvin amps for tube replacement, normal service or anything at all in over a year.

They seem to have a better rep in the steel community than the 6-string world - where 99% of the amp market lives. Their amps are considered to be pretty dated

Carvin brand guitars are gone - that division was split off a couple years ago under the Keisel Guitars Custom Shop name (one of the Carvin founders) and has confused just about everybody. They've apparently downsized it, cut back what they offer and focus mainly on the prog rock/hard rock markets.

With the audio division closing Carvin will be gone.
_________________
No chops, but great tone
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Jack Stoner


From:
Inverness, Fl
Post Posted 12 Oct 2017 2:17 am     Reply with quote

I got the closing e-mail yesterday from Carvin.
25% off is nothing. 50% would be a better deal. If they come up to 50% I may get another BX500 or BX700.
_________________
Franklin D-10, Hilton VP, POD X3, MatchBro, SG Black Box, Carvin BX500, EPS-15C, Sonar DAW but migrating to Studio One 3, MOTU 896mk3 Hybrid
R.O.P.E. Member
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Jerry Overstreet


From:
Louisville Ky
Post Posted 12 Oct 2017 3:50 am     25 % alert Reply with quote

It was just a heads up for Carvin users. Feel free to ignore it. Don't matter to me. I've never bought anything from Carvin in my life.
View user's profile Send private message
Jack Stoner


From:
Inverness, Fl
Post Posted 12 Oct 2017 11:02 am     Reply with quote

Something strange going on with Carvin. I got the e-mail yesterday about closing. I looked on the site and products were still available. I looked at them again today and they are all (or mostly) "out of stock". Sounds like they want to sell them some other way.
_________________
Franklin D-10, Hilton VP, POD X3, MatchBro, SG Black Box, Carvin BX500, EPS-15C, Sonar DAW but migrating to Studio One 3, MOTU 896mk3 Hybrid
R.O.P.E. Member
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Godfrey Arthur


From:
Philippines
Post Posted 13 Oct 2017 10:01 pm     Reply with quote

This is sad. They really did many innovative things. I used to visit them in Escondido a lot to check out their products off of highway 15 in San Diego. Used to have Carvin amps, a PA and mixer.

They're changing the name to Kiesel in memory of Carvin's founder Lowell Kiesel.




http://bb.steelguitarforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=174335&sid=600775a06d99556a62eae6e78a03806b



_________________
From the Bronx via Manila
ShoBud The Pro 1
YES it's my REAL NAME!
View user's profile Send private message
Mark Fowler


From:
Minnesota, USA
Post Posted 14 Oct 2017 4:01 am     Reply with quote

I used to live near the Escondido, Calif. Carvin factory in 1975 to 1977 so I did shop there and used Carvin amps and guitars. High quality stuff. Sad to see such a long history company go. I hope Kiesel guitars keeps going.

Went to website and ordered coffee cups and T-shirt.
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Godfrey Arthur


From:
Philippines
Post Posted 14 Oct 2017 10:24 pm     Reply with quote

According to Jeff Kiesel of Kiesel Guitars, they split off from his uncle's Carvin Audio company in 2015. An internal family conflict as to ownership and direction prompted the split.

Carvin is a combination of Lowell's two son's names 'Carson' and 'Gavin.'

Carson, the principal in Carvin Audio, is going on 72 now and although Jeff is not clear on the direction Carvin Audio will take, since each Kiesel son decided on different directions, electronics-amps, and then guitars, Jeff and his dad split off from the mother-named company Carvin to make Kiesel guitars in 2015.

Kiesel was a guitar based company name back in the 40's and 50's when Lowell had to dissolve the company to get out of dealer contracts he made with dealers who were not moving enough product.

This is where the CARVIN company name came into play.


With the decision to close the company, Carvin Audio,
there is still a family rift, according to Jeff, and where Carvin Audio will go is unsure, if Carson doesn't just up and retire.

According to Jeff, Carvin Audio's closing is not of their (Kiesel's) doing, since according to Jeff they were "divorced" (Jeff's words) from Carvin Audio since 2015. And Jeff feels that rather than the company go to China, it would be "better they closed."(Sic)

This said there is a liquidation sale going on at Carvin Audio. Tube amps etc.

Carvin did have signature artists using their amps.








Steve Vai got that death metal tone and the amps were featured in the movie Crossroads with Ralph Macchio.
Vai plays the devil's advocate in this cinematic duel.

Jeff is adamant that they will still keep all Kiesel guitars made entirely in Conus.
_________________
From the Bronx via Manila
ShoBud The Pro 1
YES it's my REAL NAME!
View user's profile Send private message
Greg Cutshaw


From:
Corry, PA, USA
Post Posted 15 Oct 2017 11:33 am     Reply with quote

I started playing steel guitar on a Carvin lap steel pictured at the right in the photo below Couldn't afford to buy the legs so dad drilled the holes and we added them later. Used to spend hours looking at their catalogs.


View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website AIM Address Yahoo Messenger
Ben Elder


From:
La Crescenta, California, USA
Post Posted 18 Oct 2017 8:58 am     Reply with quote

Quote:
If they come up to 50% I may get another BX500 or BX700


Even when items (BX500 and accessories) weren't shown as "out of stock", they were. My order was accepted, then canceled the next day.

That was 25% off; I wouldn't hold my breath for 50%.
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
John Billings


From:
Ohio, USA
Post Posted 18 Oct 2017 11:13 am     Reply with quote

My best bud, Neil Zaza, is a Carvin endorsee!
http://www.neilzaza.com/carvin-guitar/
_________________
Dr. Z Surgical Steel amp, amazing!
"74 Bud S-10 3&6
'73 Bud S-10 3&5(under construction)
'63 Fingertip S-10, at James awaiting 6 knees
'57 Strat, LP Blue
'91 Tele with 60's Maple neck
Dozen more guitars!
Dozens of amps, but SF Quad reverb, Rick Johnson cabs. JBL 15, '64 Vibroverb for at home.
'52 and '56 Pro Amps
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail

All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Jump to:  

Our Online Catalog
Strings, CDs, instruction,
steel guitars & accessories

www.SteelGuitarShopper.com

Steel Guitar Music
Instrumental steel guitar CDs for your permanent collection
www.SteelGuitarMusic.com

Please review our Forum Rules and Policies

The Steel Guitar Forum
148 South Cloverdale Blvd.
Cloverdale, CA 95425 USA

Support This Forum


BIAB Styles
Ray Price Shuffles for Band-in-a-Box
by Jim Baron
HTTP