I just bought Bob Carver's BLACK BEAUTY amplifiers on Ebay!!

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Re: I just bought Bob Carver's BLACK BEAUTY amplifiers on Eb

Post by peck555 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:03 am

Congratulations !!!

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Post by treitz3 » Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:55 pm

Hello and welcome to the Carver forum, otherwise known as home. You just made one hell of a purchase that will blow your audio journey off the current road on to the super highway. They sound absolutely fantastic. Your ears will thank you for may years.

As far as a get-together, here at the Carver forum we do it all the time. A Texas-style get together would be a welcome addition. You and your wife are welcome to come and join us at the main Carver event that is held in the mountains of North Carolina, very close to the Tennessee border. It's called Carverfest and folks from all over the country assemble there and pretty much enjoy a week long vacation with all of the other audio folks. Plenty of rigs to check out and some of the greatest folks you would ever want to meet will be there, including the man would built your amplifier [Bob Carver].
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Re: I just bought Bob Carver's BLACK BEAUTY amplifiers on Eb

Post by stereo_buff » Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:13 pm

Odysseous wrote:Hi guys,

I don't participate a lot on this forum, but as a Carver fan, I do check in here from time to time. Today was a very special day for me and I wanted to share it with you: I bid on Bob Carver's Black Beauty amplifiers on EBay and I won the auction!!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... AUS%3A1123

I can't wait to add these amplifiers to the rest of my system:
Carver C-19 tube pre-amplifier
Carver SD/A 490t tube CD player
Carver TFM-45 amps (I have three of these)
Carver TX-11b radio tuber
Carver TD-1700 cassette deck
Polk Audio SRS 3.1TL
Kef Reference Model One
No fair - you've got too much money. Really, though, Congratulations!

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Re: I just bought Bob Carver's BLACK BEAUTY amplifiers on Eb

Post by tinpan » Thu Mar 31, 2011 7:07 pm

Very Very cool, that is a nice win and I am sure you will enjoy the hell out of those amps
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Re: I just bought Bob Carver's BLACK BEAUTY amplifiers on Eb

Post by Mr. M-500t » Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:48 pm

Congratulations on your purchase. =D> =D> =D>

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Re: I just bought Bob Carver's BLACK BEAUTY amplifiers on Eb

Post by OconeeOrange » Fri Apr 01, 2011 1:31 am

Congratulations.
I held on to them for the entire ten days.
Just when I though the guys here were going to let me have them, your bid came in the last seconds, and my slow internet connection could not respond.

http://offer.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 0642088418

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Re: I just bought Bob Carver's BLACK BEAUTY amplifiers on Eb

Post by Magic_Physicist » Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:05 am

Good Gawd......I have that much cash stashed but if I am going to spend even close to that much Bob Carver would have to deliver the amps to my house and install them while I watched and then autograph my ALS's I got from him and fix the crossovers too :lol:

Maybe my PL-4000 too 8)

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Post by TNRabbit » Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:28 am

Magic_Physicist wrote:Good Gawd......I have that much cash stashed but if I am going to spend even close to that much Bob Carver would have to deliver the amps to my house and install them while I watched and then autograph my ALS's I got from him and fix the crossovers too :lol:

Maybe my PL-4000 too 8)
Since you live nearby, he probably WOULD~
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Re: I just bought Bob Carver's BLACK BEAUTY amplifiers on Eb

Post by helicopterpilotdoug » Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:44 am

Odysseous wrote:Hey wardsweb and helicopterpilotdoug, I always thought people in this forum were mostly from places far away from me, I didn't realize both of you are right here in central Texas!! Are there any others around here? By the way, once I get them, you guys want to get together for a music listening session??!!
\:D/ HELL YEAH!! \:D/
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Re: I just bought Bob Carver's BLACK BEAUTY amplifiers on Eb

Post by Zoot Horn » Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:45 am

congrats,,probabally the last amps you'll ever need to buy.Have fun and enjoy.

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Re: I just bought Bob Carver's BLACK BEAUTY amplifiers on Eb

Post by Odysseous » Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:36 am

Sorry OO, but like I told Steve, you can have the next amp Bob makes, which will probably be even better !! Unless he finds some company to build those transformers for him, I'm sure they'll still be great, but they won't be as special as the ones hand wound by him!!
2 Channel rigs:
Bob Carver custom made BLACK BEAUTY/RED tube amp, Carver TFM-45 (X3)
Carver C-19 tube pre amp, Carver SD/A 490t tube CD player
Carver TX-11b radio tuner, Carver TD1700 cassette deck
Carver Amazing Platinum IV, Genesis 350SE, Martin Logan Prodigy, Maggies 3.6R, Polk Audio SRS 3.1TL, KEF Reference Model One, Infinity RS Kappa 9

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Re: I just bought Bob Carver's BLACK BEAUTY amplifiers on Eb

Post by Odysseous » Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:08 am

Traitz3, Carverfest sounds awesome!! I read something about cabin space filling up, are there still room? If I wanted to go, what do I need to know and do to make sure I really live and enjoy the whole experience?

In the mean time, a Texas-style listening session get-together IS ON!!! I'll let you guys know when I get them and we'll go from there!
2 Channel rigs:
Bob Carver custom made BLACK BEAUTY/RED tube amp, Carver TFM-45 (X3)
Carver C-19 tube pre amp, Carver SD/A 490t tube CD player
Carver TX-11b radio tuner, Carver TD1700 cassette deck
Carver Amazing Platinum IV, Genesis 350SE, Martin Logan Prodigy, Maggies 3.6R, Polk Audio SRS 3.1TL, KEF Reference Model One, Infinity RS Kappa 9

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Post by TNRabbit » Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:42 am

All you need to know about CarverFest: past, present, future is located here:

viewforum.php?f=78
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Main: HotRodded AL-IIIs
Sub: Klipsch RT-12d
Center: Sunfire CRS-3c
Surround: Sunfire CRS-3 (x 2)

OconeeOrange wrote:"Gary likes to play it 'loud' as do I. His system begs you turn it up until you die"

RIP WIlliam B. Dibble, 1948-2012. I'll miss you my friend.

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Re: I just bought Bob Carver's BLACK BEAUTY amplifiers on Eb

Post by Odysseous » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:04 am

Magic_Physicist wrote:Good Gawd......I have that much cash stashed but if I am going to spend even close to that much Bob Carver would have to deliver the amps to my house and install them while I watched and then autograph my ALS's I got from him and fix the crossovers too :lol:

Maybe my PL-4000 too 8)
I think it's the bargain of a life time!! Just think about it: he spent about 4 days winding the transformers with his own hands, watching each turn with his own eyes, concentrating that genius brain of his all that time on making the best amplifier he could build! Even at 8 hours per day, that's 32 hours of his time - so that's what? About $250/hour? An audio genius like Bob Carver can easily charge $1,000-$2,000 dollars per hour on a consulting job!! $250x32=$8,000 and that's just for his time winding those transformers, then add design time, building everything else, plus Tim's and tubular Joe's work, the tweaking, testing, materials, the actual tubes, etc., -THIS IS THE DEAL OF A LIFE TIME!
2 Channel rigs:
Bob Carver custom made BLACK BEAUTY/RED tube amp, Carver TFM-45 (X3)
Carver C-19 tube pre amp, Carver SD/A 490t tube CD player
Carver TX-11b radio tuner, Carver TD1700 cassette deck
Carver Amazing Platinum IV, Genesis 350SE, Martin Logan Prodigy, Maggies 3.6R, Polk Audio SRS 3.1TL, KEF Reference Model One, Infinity RS Kappa 9

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Re: I just bought Bob Carver's BLACK BEAUTY amplifiers on Eb

Post by Odysseous » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:11 am

Now, if on top of being the deal of a life time, he personally comes to your house and installs it for you, that would be awesome!!!!!
2 Channel rigs:
Bob Carver custom made BLACK BEAUTY/RED tube amp, Carver TFM-45 (X3)
Carver C-19 tube pre amp, Carver SD/A 490t tube CD player
Carver TX-11b radio tuner, Carver TD1700 cassette deck
Carver Amazing Platinum IV, Genesis 350SE, Martin Logan Prodigy, Maggies 3.6R, Polk Audio SRS 3.1TL, KEF Reference Model One, Infinity RS Kappa 9

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