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An incredible day with Bob Carver!

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Odysseous

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Post Mon May 09, 2011 3:58 am

An incredible day with Bob Carver!

You are never going to believe where I am! I know because I don't even believe where I am either... I'm in Bob Carver's "laboratory," which its really his home. I came to pick up my Black Beauties, which in fact aren't black... After I won the auction for the 305 watts Black Beauties, I saw a picture of the Cherry 180's and I loved the color combination! By this time, Bob and I had exchanged several emails and talked on the phone and we were building a good relationship, so I asked Bob if he could make a special 305 watt amp, just like the Black Beauty, but in cherry red and black for me and he said yes! Mine are the first Cherry Red and Black "Black Beauties"! He put the black beauties I had originally won, back on ebay and they sold for $10,101!

Anyway, I came to pick them up and Bob and I have spent the day listening to them in his listening room. He said he hadn't compared these amps with the KT120 tubes versus the KT88 tubes, so we listen to them with the KT120 tubes for 305 watts per channel, then we changed the tubes to the KT88 for about 280 watts per channel and had a listening session, back to the KT120, then back to the KT88... At this point neither of us is sure which ones we liked best, since the differences for my ears are so negligible, it's coming down to aesthetics, and I'm leaning towards the KT88 just because they glow brighter, even if I sacrifice 20 watts or so... No big deal.... But let me tell you: Bob is a lot of fun!! We listened to both CDs and to vinyl, what an adventure! We listened to two different pre amps, then we hooked up my own Carver C19 and my Carver SD/A 490t CD player and listened to those too, Bob was like a kid with new toys playing around with all the settings of my C19 and engaging and disengaging the Soft EQ on the 490t! It was awesome!

Then we took a ton of pictures of his new master pieces: the "New Silver Seven" (actually I'm not sure what their official name will be), so he can put them on ebay soon (tomorrow?) Tomorrow we'll hook those upstairs and listen to them for a while!

It really has been an incredible day! Let me he just say that Bob is a class act, the genuine article, the real deal, a genius, and I'm enjoying every single minute of this adventure.. When it ends, I'll take home the greatest memento of these few days: my Cherry Red and Black "Black Beauties"!!!
Last edited by Odysseous on Mon May 09, 2011 5:04 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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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helicopterpilotdoug

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Post Mon May 09, 2011 4:34 am

Re: An inedible day with Bob Carver!

Now you are one lucky guy!!! Not many get to spend some quality time like that with the Master! \:D/
Sunfire: Theater Grand IV, Cinema Grand Signature.
Carver: TFM-45, PST-24 Cassette, Extra Carver Gear: CT-6, C-11 (S/N 00001).
Polk Audio: Mains SRS 2.1TL, Center CSiA6, Surrounds FXiA6 and FXiA4, Sub DSW MicroPro 1000, Extra Speakers SDA 2A, SDA 2Btl, Monitor 10A.
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BrianT

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Post Mon May 09, 2011 5:19 am

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Lucky boy. Bob is great to be with, he's just like a kid with new toys.

Brian.
VPI Classic Turntable (blk)
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TNRabbit

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Post Mon May 09, 2011 5:21 am

Re: An inedible day with Bob Carver!

helicopterpilotdoug wrote:Now you are one lucky guy!!! Not many get to spend some quality time like that with the Master! \:D/


No, only about 30 or 40 folks once a year~ :rolleyes:



Congratulations, Odysseous! =D> =D> =D> =D>
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Carver SD/A-360 CDP
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Sony SACD/DVD-A
Active bi-amp: Ashly XR-1001 & 2 Rane PEQ-15s
Main: HotRodded AL-IIIs
Sub: Klipsch RT-12d
Center: Sunfire CRS-3c
Surround: Sunfire CRS-3 (x 2)

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RIP WIlliam B. Dibble, 1948-2012. I'll miss you my friend.
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Post Mon May 09, 2011 6:15 am

Re: An inedible day with Bob Carver!

pic's or it did'nt happen 8)
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kingman

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Post Mon May 09, 2011 6:16 am

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Congratulations on your quality time with Bob. =D> He does like tweaking the tone controls! Post some pics of your amps and Bob soon....I see we both want pics George...you posted while I was filling my post out!!!!!
In reality, it only matters what it sounds like to YOU!!!
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Post Mon May 09, 2011 9:33 am

Re: An inedible day with Bob Carver!

My time will be coming real soon. Bob and I are going to spend some time tweeking out the Statements sometime in July. I cannot wait to see the look on his face when he meets them for the first time.

Congrats on your Amps, and the one on one with the Master of all that is Bob Carver. =D>
Carver Statement Reference Monoblocks!!!The Gear... Carver "Statement" Monoblocks, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds, Dodd Audio MLP, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Peachtree I-DAC, Oppo BDP-93, Yamaha PX-3 Turntable, with Sumiko BPS EVOIII, Pioneer PDD 9MkII SACD Player, SimAudio moon 110lp phono preamplifier.[/size]
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Post Mon May 09, 2011 2:02 pm

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Awesome!!!
Gunter the wonder dog is watching you...
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Post Mon May 09, 2011 2:44 pm

Re: An inedible day with Bob Carver!

Then we took a ton of pictures of his new master pieces: the "New Silver Seven" (actually I'm not sure what their official name will be), so he can put them on ebay soon (tomorrow?) Tomorrow we'll hook those upstairs and listen to them for a while!



I did not see those.... :(
how many tubes, watts etc??????

it's fun hangin with the MAN...... \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ \:D/
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Odysseous

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Post Mon May 09, 2011 8:17 pm

Re: An incredible day with Bob Carver!

THE NEW CARVER SILVER SEVENS ARE POSTED ON EBAY!!
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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TNRabbit

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Post Mon May 09, 2011 8:52 pm

Re: An incredible day with Bob Carver!

I just searched all over ebay....no such listing by Bob.....?
TNRabbit
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From FrankieD's lips to your ears: Sunfire - a quiet box of endless power.

Sunfire TG-IV/400~7 Amp
Carver SD/A-360 CDP
Benchmark DAC-1
Sony SACD/DVD-A
Active bi-amp: Ashly XR-1001 & 2 Rane PEQ-15s
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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Post Mon May 09, 2011 8:56 pm

Re: An incredible day with Bob Carver!

ditto the Rabbit... nothing for Audioshopper
Carver Statement Reference Monoblocks!!!The Gear... Carver "Statement" Monoblocks, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds, Dodd Audio MLP, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Peachtree I-DAC, Oppo BDP-93, Yamaha PX-3 Turntable, with Sumiko BPS EVOIII, Pioneer PDD 9MkII SACD Player, SimAudio moon 110lp phono preamplifier.[/size]
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Post Mon May 09, 2011 9:35 pm

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Zoot Horn wrote:pic's or it didn't happen 8)

:-" :-" :-" :-" :-" :-"
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Odysseous

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Post Mon May 09, 2011 10:34 pm

Re: An incredible day with Bob Carver!

There's something wrong with the auction, we're going back to his PC to check it out...
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 Tue May 10, 2011 3:25 am

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There's still something weird with ebay, they told us it might take several hours before it shows up on the searches, but here's the Ebay link:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... :MESELX:IT
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