What's a Lightstar worth ?????

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What's a Lightstar worth ?????

Post by Toy Maker » Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:14 pm

Ok, I've been asked, and have answered this same question 6 times this week, so I'm just going to post my opinions here for everyone to read.

"What is a fair price for a Lightstar XXXXXXXXX?"

Well, there is no right answer here,, it really depends how deep your pockets are, and how serious of a collector you are. Lightstar units are very rare. About 75 of each unit were produced, and they were the best solid state units Carver ever made. Aside form the "voicing" Bob did to the Sunfire amps that and prefers, even he agrees the Lightstar pieces are superior.

So, if you have the means, I would advise buying them. I prefer the Reference amp,
over the LS-II just because it's bigger and badder. The LS-1 is 80 pounds, the LS-2 is 45 pounds.
The 1st was "cost no issue" the 2nd was to try to profit from from the design.

Both are the best they made... And either would will kick the shit out of a Sunfire 300x2

$750-1500 is fair. $1500-2000 is the "because I can" price. Anything over $2000 will prove you have a set, and aren't scared to use them.

The Lightstar Preamp is the same story. One ofnthe best units Carver ever made.
Prices for the preamp every depending on condition,mand if it comes with original remote or not.
Preamp pricing will range from $500 to $2000. Again, it will all depend on how badly you want it.
A preamp with no remote IS A DOOR-STOP. There are NO buttons on a Lightstar preamp. Without the remote, you can't even turn it on. There is a chance you will be able to have someone else with a remote program a learning remote for you. But know THERE ARE NO REMOTE CODES THAT WILL WORK IN ANY PROGRAMABLE REMOTE.
A fair buying price for a LS Pre with remote and original box, would be $750-1000
The remote alone is valued at $200+

We have 5 Lightstar-1 amps, and it would take allot more than $2000 to get me to sell one.

I've had 3 LS-2 amps all sold for $1500 ea. No original boxes.
I've had 3 LS Preamps with programed aftermarket remotes, and no original boxes, each sold for $500

So, good luck, and let us know if you become a new member of the Lightstar family.

James

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Re: What's a Lightstar worth ?????

Post by kingman » Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:27 pm

Thanks James! =D> =D> =D> ...I know I've pested you alot about this and we talk about it frequently. There is a reason it is a "reference" amp....no voicing. Add nothing to the music. Pre is the same...straight line.
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Re: What's a Lightstar worth ?????

Post by Toy Maker » Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:29 pm

Not just you man... There are a few people eyeballing all the goods on eBay.

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Re: What's a Lightstar worth ?????

Post by Snoop65 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:36 pm

Yes I have a friend interested in the 2.0 amp
CARVER LIGHTSTAR REFERENCE+SUNFIRE CLASSIC TUBE PREAMPLIFIER+JBL XPL200+MUSIC HALL MMF-9.1+GRADO REFERENCE MASTER 1+Cayin CDT-17a =WOW!!!!!!

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Re: What's a Lightstar worth ?????

Post by Snoop65 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:14 pm

I wouldn't part with my Lightstar for $10,000. I love it that much.
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Re: What's a Lightstar worth ?????

Post by angelod307 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:11 am

yeah, i was eyeballing it as well. just how bad do i want it.
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Re: What's a Lightstar worth ?????

Post by Eddie » Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:21 pm

Yea and I hauled two of the five LS-1 of Jame's and Dave's to CF09 and CF10!
Hey James or Dave did you guys give me a break this passed CF11? LOL!
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Re: What's a Lightstar worth ?????

Post by Toy Maker » Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:46 pm

Yeah, we are running out of room down here... We'll move some stuff around, and get you back on the road picking up new stuff for us soon :lol:

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Re: What's a Lightstar worth ?????

Post by kingman » Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:40 pm

Evidently not ENOUGH room..... ](*,)
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Re: What's a Lightstar worth ?????

Post by Ben D. Rinkin » Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:53 am

The answer to the original question today is $1500. That's what one is setting in California, offered on eBay for.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carver-Researc ... SwHOlceru1

Never have seen one before. I take it pretty rare. And pretty cool looking.

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Re: What's a Lightstar worth ?????

Post by UncleMeat » Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:07 am

Ben D. Rinkin wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:53 am
The answer to the original question today is $1500. That's what one is setting in California, offered on eBay for.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carver-Researc ... SwHOlceru1

Never have seen one before. I take it pretty rare. And pretty cool looking.

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That's the ASKING price, it's got a best offer tab, so it could sell for less than asking. It looks like it might have taken a ride into a recycle bin or maybe poorly handled by whoever bought it from the 'estate' it came out of. Also, it's an LS-2 so it's not the original LS-1 that James says is the higher quality version.

Take a close look at the meters on it, the one on the right appears to be frozen, or won't return to zero dB.

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Re: What's a Lightstar worth ?????

Post by Ben D. Rinkin » Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:32 am

Good eye. I didn't want to look at anything enough to want it when it's too expensive to even consider.

Sounds like it's more of a fixer upper.

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Re: What's a Lightstar worth ?????

Post by UncleMeat » Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:11 am

Yeah I know what you mean, Ben. It's close enough to me to avoid shipping, but I'm not interested for the price/condition. Just didn't want to see someone spend 1500 and be disappointed.

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Re: What's a Lightstar worth ?????

Post by jjptkd » Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:56 am

I put an offer in right away at $675 plus the $125 shipping and he countered at $1300 plus shipping which I declined. I'd like to have it only ever seen / heard one before but would like to play with it in my set up but not at that price. I believe the LS-2.0 was just an early model Sunfire 300 wasn't it?
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Re: What's a Lightstar worth ?????

Post by kingman » Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:05 am

jjptkd wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:56 am
I put an offer in right away at $675 plus the $125 shipping and he countered at $1300 plus shipping which I declined. I'd like to have it only ever seen / heard one before but would like to play with it in my set up but not at that price. I believe the LS-2.0 was just an early model Sunfire 300 wasn't it?
I offered the SAME Jesse! 😂 And he countered with the same offer. To me, it’s not worth that. I’d sure like to have it also but only because I could carry it, unlike the Lightstar 1!
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