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Author Topic: The rebirth of Parker Guitars?  (Read 12880 times)

Offline jester700

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Re: The rebirth of Parker Guitars?
« Reply #90 on: October 18, 2017, 09:41:48 AM »
2 years ago, Carvin split into 2 entities, but wasn't sold to anyone else - they just separated their guitar building from their audio business. KIESEL is the name used for guitar and bass building, and they are continuing business. CARVIN is the name used for the pro audio side - and they are going away. It's a shame, really. They were a good option in the lower end of the market - a lot like Peavey or Yamaha's club stuff, and usually a good value.

I hope the guitars stick around, but it's a tough market. My continuing rant - most guitarists always say they wanna be "different" - and then play guitar designs that came out 65 years ago - on amps designed not long after.
 

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Re: The rebirth of Parker Guitars?
« Reply #91 on: October 21, 2017, 02:15:38 PM »
It's good to hear Carvin and Kiesel are one and the same, but I wonder, why would they give up their good reputation by changing their name if they hadn't sold the company to someone else?

I have 2 sets of Carvin speakers, one passive, one active.

When I bought them, I was replacing a sub-woofer/satellite set. I had a friend who had the Carvins so I did an A/B test on my PA (panned mono) with the Carvins on one side, and alternately EON, Mackey, Samson, Peavey, and a couple of other brands. The Carvin's sounded better then all of them except for an EV (zx4 I think) that cost well over twice as much as the Carvins.

I bought the Carvin passives, and later when my PA amp got flaky (I have a spare and replaced then repaired it) I started thinking about having actives, so I would have 2 amps and if one crapped out the other would save the gig.

Luckily the day the PA Amp got flaky (lots of distortion) I was at my weekly gig for I think our 7th or 8th year, so the customers who are our extended 'family' didn't mind. They were concerned about our gear, not our performance. When I got home I isolated the problem to be the amp, and put the spare in.

Then I ordered the actives. Now I have 2 PA speakers and 2 PA amps.

There is not quite as much bass in the Carvins as my old subwoofer (60 lbs in the plywood cabinet) but the midranges are much cleaner. Plus they are 32 pounds each, which is much easier to lug and tote. So I cranked up the bass response of the BBE Sonic Maximizer and it's close enough for the public on the bottom end, and noticeably better in the mids.

Still concerned about the name change for the guitars. Why give up a reputation that has such a long history?

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Re: The rebirth of Parker Guitars?
« Reply #92 on: October 21, 2017, 06:19:14 PM »
Good question, but all I have is what's on Wiki, and apparently it's still in the family. Maybe it has to do with deciding to sell internationally? Easier to form a new company for that? Maybe there was family differences of opinion and different folks went to different companies?
 

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Re: The rebirth of Parker Guitars?
« Reply #93 on: October 21, 2017, 09:41:07 PM »
Same roots but not the same. I think one of the Kiesel boys took over and had a vision for making extended range styles of guitars with more customization, ala .strandberg*. Probably figured the carvin brand didn’t fit that vision, and it might have been losing money, or made a nice write off while building the new brand. Speculation for the “why” on my part only.

Decent stuff imho. Had an x100b halfstack in early 90s that sounded great. Sad to see it close.
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