All Carvin bass amps for 1982 used the
PB-150 or PB-300 solid-state head. There was not a tube-driven
head for the bassist, and only a limited selection based on 3
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Although the name was the same, the '82 Bass
Master (left) bore little resemblance to it's predecessors.
The BM-115M single stack model used the PB-150 head with a single
15" MagnaLab-loaded cabinet, while the SBM-215M used the PB-300
with two cabinets. JBL E140 speakers were optional, at $100 per
cabinet. The BM-115M sold for $589, while the SBM-215M sold for
The HB Horn-Loaded Bass Amp
(right) used the PB-150 or PB-300 and one or two 1320-J speaker
enclosures. These enclosures used 15" JBL E140 speakers in
a horn-loaded cabinet design. The single stack, PB-150 powered
HB-1320J sold for $749, while the PB-300 powered single stack
SHB-1320J sold for $839. The double stack SHB2-1320J, with 300W
PB-300 amp, sold for $1159.
The heart of all Carvin bass amps for 1982 was
the PB-150 and PB-300 Pro-Bass amplifiers. These solid-state amps
delivered 150W and 300W, and featured 6-band graphic EQ, 3-band parametric EQ,
built-in compressor and crossover, and dual channels. The PB-150 sold
for $449, and the PB-300 sold for $549.
The Concert Bass Amp was the top
of the line for bassists in 1982. These amps were available in a
variety of configurations with the PB-150 or PB-300 head and single or
double stack models available. The CB-412M, single stack with
PB-150 head and 4X12 MagnaLab cabinet, sold for $779. The PB-300
based SCB-412M single stack sold for $869. The SCB-812M Super
Concert Bass Amp, with dual MagnaLab 4X12 cabinets and PB-300 head,
sold for $1219.