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Bob Carver LLC./BC Audio LLC. Discontinues Manufacturing.


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What happened?
 
1) Glass audio crashed in 2021 and left Bob Carver Co closed, with backorders and 2000 unanswered emails.
 
2) I talked to Bob and Peggy in late 2021 about building high quality products and starting yet again another company to build Bob Carver tube amps.
 
3) In Feb 2022 Bob Carver LLC (Bob and Peggy) and BC Audio (Jim and Lerma) were formed. The Crimson 275 was a planned source of revenue while designing other new world class products.
 
4) A 'well connected' industry veteran convinced me he had an existing supply chain that could provide manufacturing engineering at competitive prices and production in compressed time frames. The cost and time required were not in the ballpark. The cost were exceeded by 300% and the time required was exceeded by 600% further exhausting our resources.
 
5)Two months after our start-up, Audio science review came out with a devastating review of the Crimson 275. Photographic evidence of the 275 using clearly labeled 15 watt output transformers in the 75 watt amp, gave ASR a 'kick me' sign the size of a billboard on the companies back, it's very sad. Also ASR showed a picture of the unused earth ground pin and told readers that the 275 could result in a 700 volt shock to the user, although 2 prong power cords are common in audio, using a 3 conductor cord and leaving the earth pin unused was another 'kick me' sign on the companies back.
 
 Bob requested that we offer refunds for the 275 and offer to rework the grounding and polarity issue at no charge with free return shipping.
 
 Instead of BC Audio having revenue from the Crimson 275 as a start-up company to survive on, while the new world class products were coming, we started out giving refunds and free rework, being accountable for a company before our time, that made serious mistakes and errors in judgment, imho.. BC Audio paid dearly in terms of standing behind the old company and the damage to the brand resulting from ASRs review. Without revenue, we carried on for 2 years.
 
Today, BC Audio is closing. Sales are very slow. Customers still read ASR and contact me weekly with concern that their Carver Crimson 275 will kill them. 
 
We still get pictures of the 15 watt transformers in the 75 watt amp and called a fraud, scam, liar and other unpleasant terms. Rating the 275 @ 75w, 20Hz to 20K harmed the credibility in the brand. I can't change the past or go back and slap the people who made those choices.. They will have to live with it. I made course corrections but the heavy damage was done. The power rating should have been specified as 75W at 1Khz. The specifications quantitative error was damaging. 
 
We built one batch of 285s that are truly world class and excellent, but failed to launch as a company, mainly due to baggage from the past attempts at building these products before my time, imho..
 
BC Audio LLC was founded in Feb 2022 by Jim Clark.  Everything we produced met specs and was perfect from Feb 2022 forward. Products produced by prior companies attempts at producing Bob Carver products, like those reviewed in ASR are not the responsibility of BC Audio. BC Audio produced world class products that we stand behind and take great pride.
 
BC Audio customers will be contacted directly with my private info for service and support of our products. There are not many of you, and most are friends. The Carver products produced before Feb 2022 are not BC Audio responsibility. Information for service on products before Feb 2022, will be provided on the landing page that will be posted on the Bob Carver website. Here is a link for tube amp service.  https://bctubeampservice.company.site/
 
The Bob Carver company before Feb 2022 is no longer my concern. The players before my time here, can take responsibility for their decisions and harm to the legacy. BC Audio made world class products none the less, and we stand behind those 100% with full warranties and service. We extracted every ounce of performance from the Bob Carver designs with a high quality build and made a world class product. It's sad only 25-285s will be built, because they offer the truly awesome performance the Carver designs are capable of, but sadly, they can not correct the past.
 
Best wishes to all. 
 
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This is truely heartbreaking news for BC enthusiasts like myself I am left without the words that I need and want to say. The audio world has just lost such an elite talented audio designer that can never be copied and has contributed more to audio than anyone else that I know. Jim I truely love Bob for his devotion to what he loves and eff the the creeps that are  trying to take him down. There are way a to many woke people influencing others that have no clue what they are talking about.   

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I like to look at this as a Bob Carver and Jim Clark SUCCESS !  It's easy to dwell on all the negatives - and much harder to look at, and relish the positives.  Here's what I wrote a few weeks ago on the (stolen/hijacked) TheCarverSite Facebook Page @RichP714 set up way back in 2008/9 as a social media adjunct to TCS

 

I posted this because there were, as always on social media / the internet in general, the vocal "haters" focusing on the negative..., my post generated 97 positive likes/reactions as well as 4 shares and 22 congratulatory comments.  There is hope and light when we look for it!  (If you are on Facebook, scroll down and give it a "like" - let's see if we can push this over 100..., I think it's a record for a post on that FB Group.

 

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If "scarcity" drives value, our Carver gear may gain as a result!  😉  ..., another positive!

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