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Baby Carver Amp Driving VMPS RM40
« on: December 01, 2016, 07:46:58 PM »
We were fooling around with the Baby Carver 20-watt-per amp and decided to try it in place of the Carver 305s,  driving the gynormous VMPSs.  We were positively surprised.  The small tube amp cannot get very high volumes out of the monoliths,  but the music it does make is beautiful.  The soundstage loses a little to the 305s,  but I for one could learn to live with it!  >:D  Recommended amp!

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RM40 Driven by Baby Carver by Jose Sifontes, on Flickr

RM40 Driven by Baby Carver by Jose Sifontes, on Flickr


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Re: Baby Carver Amp Driving VMPS RM40
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2016, 10:09:27 PM »
Very nice!  I'd love to hear those speakers some time.
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Re: Baby Carver Amp Driving VMPS RM40
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2016, 11:36:56 PM »
Are those Bose speakers? 
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Re: Baby Carver Amp Driving VMPS RM40
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2016, 09:06:18 AM »
Are those Bose speakers?

Woa - no,  they are KLH cubes (they do look like Bose though) for the rear surround in the home theater setup.  Ryan would not be caught dead with anything Bose,  I suspect.  :)

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Re: Baby Carver Amp Driving VMPS RM40
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2016, 10:37:43 AM »
I'm inspired, I think I'll try my 40wpc tubes on the Dunlavys tonight.
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Re: Baby Carver Amp Driving VMPS RM40
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2016, 10:47:11 AM »
The 20 watt carverfest amp was a little less dynamic than the 305's (or 350's?), which was expected, but it sounded surprisingly good.  That little thing has oomph!  fun experiment
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Re: Baby Carver Amp Driving VMPS RM40
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2016, 10:52:37 AM »
Pepe showing little to no respect for the lowly Provocative Percussion LP underneath the Carver  ;)


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Re: Baby Carver Amp Driving VMPS RM40
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2016, 04:30:46 PM »
The 20 watt carverfest amp was a little less dynamic than the 305's (or 350's?), which was expected, but it sounded surprisingly good.  That little thing has oomph!  fun experiment

That is one of the original prototype 305s - I think the only ones in the area are Big Tom's (Huffman), Tom's  (OCCD) and Rev's.  I had a pair and traded it away.  Later Carver produced a variant called the Raven 350 that claimed 45 watts more output - I think that one is still being sold.  Not sure what Bob changed in the design to claim the higher output - from the outside the 350 and the 305 look identical.   

Yep - that was fun.  Now we need find a pair of Silver 7s to wake the RM40s with...   :P

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Re: Baby Carver Amp Driving VMPS RM40
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2016, 05:34:53 PM »
Next time, hook up those klh speakers to the 305s and watch them melt.
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Re: Baby Carver Amp Driving VMPS RM40
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2016, 11:14:49 PM »
So who owns the Carverfest amp as I recall there were serial #s issued for about 68 amps. I have 4 units myself . Angelod was the big winner that year he left the fest with 7.

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Re: Baby Carver Amp Driving VMPS RM40
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2016, 11:33:59 PM »
Angelod was the big winner that year he left the fest with 7.

Doesn't that actually make Bob Carver the big winner?

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Re: Baby Carver Amp Driving VMPS RM40
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2016, 09:34:24 AM »
If you ask me the people that came home with the units in 2011 are the big winners!

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Re: Baby Carver Amp Driving VMPS RM40
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2016, 01:12:19 PM »
Harry I have 3, one needs built one repaired and one that works after repair. In a set up with the LucasLabs(tm) line stage you have the start of a great rig.

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Re: Baby Carver Amp Driving VMPS RM40
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2016, 04:27:20 PM »
Harry

I left Carverfest 11 with serial #11, after making the LucasLab Line stage, I gave them both to my daughter
who lives in Vancouver. Both items working fine today.

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Re: Baby Carver Amp Driving VMPS RM40
« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2016, 05:06:45 PM »
I bought 4 and sold one to my friend who attended that year. All still working(I guess???) as they have not been used since Carverfest 12. Might have to crank them back up for Christmas...
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