This is a bummer. After many decades of building amps and other musical equipment, Carvin is going out of business. The guitar division was sold off a couple years ago so those will continue.
I’ve pretty much missed this but there is a whole new line of Magnatone amps and they already have a bunch of very well knows users such as Jeff Beck and ZZ Top. You can check out the Magnatone site here.
They also just launched another new amp called the Varsity Reverb. The Varsity is a 15 watt amp with EL84s.
It good to see a classic amp brand make a come back.
If you are in the Seattle area you might want to take a look at the most expensive amp ever. A rare (rarer) Dumble is going for $160k. Looks like it has a fresh set of Groove Tubes so that’s worth something.
I’m actually more of a Trainwreck person. Check out the article here.
I recently came across the JHS Little Black Amp Box.
It’s a little box that goes in an amp’s effects loop and promises cranked tube tone at lower volume. From what I can tell it’s just a box with a volume knob in it. So, basically, it would act as a master volume. If your amp already has a master volume it’s probably not needed but if you have an effects loop and no master volume this could be useful.
This is some original thinking! A candle powered vibrato/phase effect from Zachary Vex.
It’s a little pricy at around $6,000 but it’s also really cool!