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    Just picked up a used Carr Sportsman. I never played one, but I got it for a killer deal I figured it was worth the risk and I could aways sell it and recoup my money. Initial impressions in just looking it over is that the build quality is unlike many other amps I have seen. From the heavy duty handle, to the power and speaker cords, thought went into every component. Noticeably lighter than my Fender DRRI as well.... For those who are unfamiliar with the model it is basically a boutique Princeton reverb with a 12", Mid control, and Master Volume. I have a rehearsal tonight, gig Friday, and recital Sunday so I will get a chance to put it through its paces and report back.

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    Carr makes great amps, not just the tone but the ruggedness of his amps. I recently sold a Slant 6v that I bought in 2001 new. I loaded the amp in and out of cars, vans and pickups all over Western Montana and Idaho. I drove down bumpy dirt roads with it, had foolish drunk peeps spill drinks on it and even dropped it once. In the end the outside looked very worn and rough but I never had to repair or replace anything aside from tubes but that’s normal. It never made a funny noise or gave me a moment of pause. Your Carr, if you like the tone and keep it, can be a reliable amp for life. Good purchase!

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    I sampled a Carr Sportsman like yours in a music store and was amazed at the quality, sound and construction...and high price (new).

    It was so good that it distracted me from the guitar I was sampling at the time. My credit card started heating up in my pocket, but I resisted.

    You've got a great little amp. Enjoy that bad boy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zguitar71
    Carr makes great amps, not just the tone but the ruggedness of his amps. I recently sold a Slant 6v that I bought in 2001 new. I loaded the amp in and out of cars, vans and pickups all over Western Montana and Idaho. I drove down bumpy dirt roads with it, had foolish drunk peeps spill drinks on it and even dropped it once. In the end the outside looked very worn and rough but I never had to repair or replace anything aside from tubes but that’s normal. It never made a funny noise or gave me a moment of pause. Your Carr, if you like the tone and keep it, can be a reliable amp for life. Good purchase!
    Thanks!! Initial review is that the tone is simply stunning. My only worry is about clean headroom on gigs that are unmic'd so we will see. What did you think of the tone of the Slant 6v? Can it do it blackface Fender? I was looking at those as well for the extra wattage, but settled on this one due to the tiny footprint and lightweight

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    Happy New Amp Day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulie2
    Thanks!! Initial review is that the tone is simply stunning. My only worry is about clean headroom on gigs that are unmic'd so we will see. What did you think of the tone of the Slant 6v? Can it do it blackface Fender? I was looking at those as well for the extra wattage, but settled on this one due to the tiny footprint and lightweight
    The Slant 6 is all about the blackface tone. It also have abundant headroom on the 40 watt setting. Actually it has a lot on all the settings. I sold the amp because it was too loud! I stopped using master volume amps or pedals. Now I mostly use a 5 or 20 watt amp that are more tweed like for the breakup. The Carr gets nasty when cranked but is very loud. If the sportsman does not give the headroom you want try the Carr Rambler, it is all about the blackface sound and designed for headroom. It makes a great pedal platform. It has a luscious reverb and overall tone.

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    Very spiffy indeed! Congratulations, and play it in good health!