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I need/want a C 16 and/or C 19 preamp. I’m radically upgrading

from my (Carver) 6260 receiver. I would wish to have the pre

amp faceplates near new.  If anyone has any interest in the

6260 let me know. I bought it new. Nice box. Instructions &

remote. Sourcing the preamps is my prime interest right now.

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Hello David, 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.


Here's a link to a C19 on ebay, but it has a discolored faceplate:




The C19 comes up occasionally, but not often. I don't follow C16s, so I can't be of any help there. Maybe someone else will have a lead on one of them or a prettier C19.

Once you get to Novice status, 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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10 hours ago, David brinkmeyer said:

TFM 35 I’ve sent off to be Bill D upgraded.


David, the BillD upgrade is for a preamplifier, C-1 or C-11.

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It took me 6 months to find my C-16.

As soon as I got it, I sent it to Nelion for a complete service.


They don't show up often, so you need to grab one when you see it.


Are you aware that the C-6 is identical to the C-16 except for the color of the faceplate? When I opened up my C-16, I noticed that the mainboard is stenciled C-6. 


C-1's and C-11's are also great preamps. You can get faceplates for these to change the color (either anthracite or black).  


Pricing is dynamic, my guess on price for units in nice or better condition are:

C-1 : $250 to $350

C-6 : $350 to $450

C-11 : $350 to $450

C-16 : $500 to $900

C-19 : $1200 to $2000


When I was looking, I bid on one at $1,000. I didn't get it, it sold for $1,100. However; one month later I found a nicer unit for $600. 


Guys - thoughts on pricing - think I'm off base?

I troll eBay alot, but again these units don't show up often and it depends who you're in competition with.


Good luck on your search!


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I have both!  My C-16 was an eBay purchase over 12 years ago.  Paid over $300 for it (with shipping), so, Will Meyer. I don't think your prices aren't off base. 


Now I've been working on a C-19 that I acquired from someone I know at a reasonable price, but have had to do a bit of work to get it where it is at.  So it depends on what you are looking for as to how much you will have to pay!  A unit that is in great shape and can sing right out of the gate, C-16 around $450 to $550; C-19 around $1,100 to $1,500.  If you are willing to settle for one that is not museum quality or might need some TLC, take a few hundred off the price for the C-19.  A hundred or so less for the C-16. 


Having both units, I have to say it is a toss up for the most part.  Both are incredible units, but I have to admit, I've been wanting the -C19 ever since I heard one 15 years ago, but could never afford one.  Now that I have been able to learn enough (to be dangerous), my skills are such that I felt like I could take on a unit that needed some TLC.  And now that I've been working on it (almost ready to go) I have to admit, the C-19 wins out in my mind.  Others feel differently!  The C1-9 is going to take the place of my trusty C-16 in the main setup and the C-16 will move to my bedroom setup!


Sorry for the ramble.


Welcome aboard.  There is no turning back now!



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Those prices are “in line” w/what my tech told me.  Plus what he told me re: finding

a C 16 or C 19: “It’ s gonna take awhile”. Outta curiosity what years were they made?
Late ‘80s? Oh yeah, I meant to say sent amp off for re-cap, etc. Not Bill D. upgrade.

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