hello all. i would totally love the idea of a carver name coming back with the classic models like tfm35,55,75 and silver's with the designation of series two or what not. personally i think the those models are the most attractive by far and when they went to the x model and lost the knob up front, they went backwards and down hill as they jumped the shark with the thx hype. the purpose of the carver name coming back is to fill the hole that the sunfire brand left with their price tags in the thousands. a multi channel 200wpc is nice and the 400wpc amp in the 3-4k range is far beyond the grass roots that i came up on in 92 with my AL-III's and tfm 55's. i would love to own a new set of retro style amps instead of refurbishing what i own. they obviously stand the test of time. 18 plus years of rocking on them hard and they are still working. i think he would have a totally different market than the sunfire crowd if he sold amps at say $400-500/tfm35, $600-700/tfm55 and $1000-1200/tfm75 or even a lightstar model. the technology could be older with newer manufacturing techniques such surface mount and what not. in the 70's,then 80's and early 90's he was the king of the 300wpc market. tons of bang with out the $12,000 plus dollar price tag. he flat out killed the competition. then the china man said, nice. i buy it. and it went to shit. so, today, bob is already selling some of his stuff on ebay. i would think a factory direct approach would be the best. no dealers, distributors and so forth to mark it up and present it poorly to the public. as i said, bob has more smarts than any other guy i know of in the electronics arena. question really is i would think, does he want to mess up the sunfire line with a middle of the road priced product that most would have a hard time hearing the subtle differences in(or not). again, without any dealers, that would be easy. the sunfire dealers are into multi-channel, high end now, so keep the carver name in the format that made it famous - 2 channel. last, but not least. i would love a new al-4 speaker. a big ribbon(36"-60" with 3-6 6.5" woofers to do the mid-bass justice and give the bass section punch as subwoofers are everywhere to be found now for the bottom end. just my two cents worth. and for service, he already has the service centers doing the vintage stuff, and if the designs don't stray, that much the easier for them. just make sure to keep the product with a "made in the usa" stamp. or could this could just be one of my pipe dreams. hope it doesn't go up in smoke. no pun intended. warm regards as the audioshopper would say about now.
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