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Hello all, I just joined to learn more about Carver. I just bought my 1st Carver amp [M-500].

Now I am looking to buy a nice, clean working C-1 preamp in Silver [my 1st choice] or anthracite.

Freshly serviced preferred as I am not an electronics tech. Thank you in advance.

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Awe, the welcome mat....Thanks 

I have one in mind on line. Not serviced but in great cosmetic condition, says it works fine, but asking a lot, plus wants to get back to me on the shipping charge Monday. So the price is going up and may exceed my budget for a non serviced one? I am willing to pay more for a serviced C-1.

Maybe even BillD if affordable?

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Hello Signal Man, and welcome to thecarversite.com. We're glad you're hear. ;) There is a lot of information here, much technical know how, and a pretty good bunch of folks that are happy to help. 

 

I believe @loner_t has a BillD modded C-1 for sale. A BillD C-1 paired with an mkII modded M-500 or M-500t is a great combination. I know I love my BillD C-1, and it sounds great with an M1.0t mkII opt2.


Please consider uploading some pics of your gear in the Members Systems area. We all like pics of all kinds of audio gear.


In the meantime, kick your shoes off, turn up the music, and welcome aboard.

 

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Welcome.  

 

Check out the C-1 listed here by LonerT - all done, ready to go, with a remote controlled volume.  Buying a unit, and upgrading it will cost about the same.

 

(To see it, use the main menu to go to FORUMs, and you'll see things for sale about half-way down, you may have to scroll.)

 

Again, welcome.  Hope you hang out a while.  Tell us about your rig, as it evolves.

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Welcome @Signal Man!

Like your avatar pic....~^

 

If you don't find a serviced C-1 to your liking and can pick up an inexpensive

stock C-1 there are a number of Tech members here that could service it for ya.

just sayin'....

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5 hours ago, AndrewJohn said:

Welcome.  

 

Check out the C-1 listed here by LonerT - all done, ready to go, with a remote controlled volume.  Buying a unit, and upgrading it will cost about the same.

 

(To see it, use the main menu to go to FORUMs, and you'll see things for sale about half-way down, you may have to scroll.)

 

Again, welcome.  Hope you hang out a while.  Tell us about your rig, as it evolves.

Thanks for all the replies. LonerT's C-1 is great but a little more than I can spend now. I'm not into the volume remote either. 

Has anyone shipped gear lately? Wow, Prices are insane. I just shipped a small Fender guitar amp, the large box [I pack very well] weighed 26 lbs and the UPS charge was $120.00. Fed Ex wanted $130.00. This is for ground shipping. I thought it was for overnight air. Can't imagine shipping something heavy !

My budget is about $500.00 max for a serviced [not the BillD] C-1 and the ebay C-1's are selling in the $300.00 price range. I hope I can find a good one with my budget?

I'm itchin' to use my M-500. I can't connect it to my 80's Harman Kardom system, it has no preamp outs. Had to take it to a Hi-Fi store for a tech to test it when I first received it [got it on ebay] and wanted to make sure it worked. Dude connected it to the cheapest small realistic outdoor speakers over his bench and plugged his phone into it with 2 RCA jacks from the phones headphone jack! It worked but I couldn't hear any quality with that abomination. Be nice to hear it through my old AR's.

Thanks everyone for a warm welcome. I hope I can contribute hear as well.       

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29 minutes ago, Signal Man said:

the ebay C-1's are selling in the $300.00 price range

The Carver gear is running really high on ebay right now, probably because there is not much available. I don't see any C-1.

 

33 minutes ago, Signal Man said:

My budget is about $500.00 max for a serviced

Not sure what you mean by "serviced"?

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Welcome @Signal Man - there's both a wealth of knowledge (aside from Yours Truly) and  a wealth of encouragement into the Carver, and general good audio world (this time, including myself).  Take a bit of time - a great C1 that meets your desires will likely appear. 

 

Yes, shipping can be a killer.  If you think the numbers you saw were bad, some of us are in other countries.  I'd take your costs in a heartbeat!  😁

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4 hours ago, Signal Man said:

I'm itchin' to use my M-500. I can't connect it to my 80's Harman Kardom system, it has no preamp outs. Had to take it to a Hi-Fi store for a tech to test it when I first received it [got it on ebay] and wanted to make sure it worked. Dude connected it to the cheapest small realistic outdoor speakers over his bench and plugged his phone into it with 2 RCA jacks from the phones headphone jack! It worked but I couldn't hear any quality with that abomination. Be nice to hear it through my old AR's.

 

You should be able to pick up a preamp or a receiver with preamp outputs locally pretty cheap. Yards sales and swap meets are your best bet.

 

You might also consider a C-2 which is smaller (17.25" W x 2.75" H x 9.25" D) and lighter than a C-1/C-11 so it'll cost less to ship. It has MM and MC phono stages and enough inputs and outputs for most systems. Mine is one of a handful that has been BillD-modified making it almost as neutral and quiet as a BillD C-1/C-11. It's the unit on top in my shop system photo.

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Thanks again for all the input. I do appreciate it. To answer a few questions. First I really am not interested in picking up a preamp quick to test my M-500 with my Harman Kardon PM650 amp/preamp. I had it tested and it works fine [it was serviced by a good tech I got it from].He sent photo's of all the replaced parts and description of work done. Second, I have been researching Carver gear especially the M-500 & C-1 for 2 months now and have epretty much made my mind up on the C-1 purchase. I have been watching eBay / Reverb, and a couple audio store websites for C-1's for sale. Most on eBay are asking $299.00 plus $40.00 shipping. I have missed a few good one's hesitating to pull the trigger. None of the Carver C-1 on eBay have been serviced, that is why I upped my budget for a serviced preamp [ recapped, all components checked / replaced and cleaned and tested.

I don't want to get one then ship it out to get it serviced, doesn't make sence with the high shipping cost. You never know what you will get online?

So here I am, learning and making decisions. The BillD mod may have to wait? Thanks.

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recapping is a big part of the BillD mod. Best to buy a functional unit , then get the BillD done.

they have been pretty scarce for a few months.

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1 hour ago, Signal Man said:

So here I am, learning and making decisions. The BillD mod may have to wait? Thanks.

 

Hi Signal Man, 

 

So am I, I am new here too (but with a tighter budget (*,)).  You'll find nice people here.

 

Greetings,

 

Bobby1970 

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You can also keep an eye on Craigslist, Facebok Marketplace, and US Audio Mart for offerings local to you.  That said, a unit that has passed through the hands of someone like @kve777 is going to be better than brand new, and you can know the service was done right.

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PM sent to the members who contacted me about fixing me up with a serviced C-1. I am most interested in your reply. Please get back to me. I want to cancel a seller on Reverb who is getting back to me on Monday with a UPS shipping quote. His C-1 is over priced and not serviced. Hate to make the guy go out of his way for nothing. I want a serviced one. Thanks again.

 

Don't know if the photo will load but here is a shot of my Carver M-500 recently serviced and purchased on ebay last month.

 

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My Carver 11.jpg

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12 hours ago, Signal Man said:

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Don't know if the photo will load but here is a shot of my Carver M-500 recently serviced and purchased on ebay last month.

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My Carver 11.jpg

 

Photo loaded.  Diggin' your blue meters.  Love the big blue meters.

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Jazzman53 I have a Harman Kardon system I bought new in the early 80's. Next to it was the expensive Carver gear that I could not spring for. I thought the HK was awesome and still do. I have a complete HK system, Amp/ preamp [PM 650] the matching Cassette Deck, EQ and manual Tuner in the Champagne finish, looks new.

I bought the matching CD player years later but it died and I through it in the dumpster at work cause it cost more to repair it then replace it back then [90's].  I Have a great Denon Cd player that is still going strong. I also have a pair of AR 48 speakers I bought at the same time [replaced the drivers a few times]. I still love the system and plan on using the AR's with the Carver stuff.

I may feel the need to upgrade speakers down the road but so far I love them.  Thanks

 

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