Nice looking gear. NO need to insult Anatech though:
1. Your experience is a small % of his; he ran Carver repair for an entire Country
2. It's entirely possible (unless you bought retail) that your amps had been to service prior to your purchase
3. He was talking about Lightstar, not Lightstar II:
I have no reason to doubt Anatech's word:
1. He's a renowned Carver repair tech
2. He made those comments to me almost a year ago
3. He has no involvement (pro or con) in the current lightstar venture, so he's as impartial as they come.
This is what you wrote:
"I think you're going to like them; if you got them from James they're probably in even better shape than the ones Carver sold. That was near the end of Carver corp. and I've heard horror stories of Lightstars going in for service; when opened there were loose solder globs and bits of wiring (hastily assembled). James' amps were assembled from parts he bought (I believe by Rita Helm)."
The Reference 2.0 was designed and built by Jim Croft and his team...after Bob left Carver. You imply that the 2.0s were hastliy built. Obviously, I disagree. The pics don't lie. Those look like damn fine pieces of gear to me...but I've been wrong today
Let's agree to disagree. And what new Lightstar venture? Hmmm...I'll see the only guys capable of that next week and ask. i'll ask Bob about the service record of the Lightstar line too. Just to get the scoop.
Rich, come down to the 'Fest and give a listen. I'm always interested in hearing an informed POV. We're running at least one listening session involving Lightstar technology. You can even compare them to the Silver7 and 9 tube amps. They will be in the same room afterall.
Carver Research Lightstar Direct pre, Sunfire Tube Pre, Lightstar Reference 2.0 amplifier,No. 50 and 51 Carverfest Tube amps, Hammond M3 tube amp, Carver TX-8 & 11 tuners, Carver TD-12 & 1700 decks, Tascam CC-222mkII CD recorder, Carver C-9 & ECS-U, Carver DPL-33, Carver HR-742 reciever, DBX-3BX & 200xg & 120x, Modded Klipsch Forte Loudspeakers(Obbligato Gold Caps, Mills Resistors) Carver Silver Amazing Loudspeakers, Carver ALV prototypes, Alesis Studio One loudspeakers, The Carver Research DarkStar Sub.