Carvin audio and amplifiers

Mission Statement

Our mission is to help our customers achieve the best possible sound through personalized service, education, and our American built products.

Our History

Carvin Corporation was founded by Lowell Kiesel in his Los Angeles garage in 1946. The first tube amps were produced in 1948, with later models featuring 6V6 and 5Y3 rectifier tubes. Mother of Pearl covering and hand wired chassis were the norm of that day with Jensen speakers introduced a few years later. Dedicated bass amplifiers began in the 1960s. Popular models in the 1980s included the X100B guitar amp, which was used by Frank Zappa, Steve Vai and Craig Chaquico. Other popular models in the 1990s included the Quad-X preamp, Redline bass amps, Nomad, Belair and Steve Vai’s Legacy amplifier, which is still produced today in its 3rd generation.

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Carvin began manufacturing pro audio gear in the early 1970s, which became popular with many artists. In the mid 2000s, TRx loudspeakers were introduced, providing high-end audio to live audiences. In 2012, we released the flyable TRx3000 series, consisting of a wide dispersion line array, column array and large subs. We continue to build our audio components in the USA with features such as DSP controls, Baltic Birch enclosures and weather resistant DuraTec™ finishes. Loudspeakers, mixers, amplifiers and microphones are part of our pro audio lineup.

Our legacy continues at our facility in San Diego, California, where our products are built in the USA. Take advantage of our personalized service by contacting one of our experts to help you put together the right sound system or personalized amplifier to fit your needs.

In memory of Lowell C. Kiesel

Lowell Kiesel, founder of the Carvin Corporation, was born on a farm in Eustis, Nebraska on February 22, 1915. As a young man, he spent time in Wichita, Kansas, where he developed an interest in musical instruments; specifically, Hawaiian steel guitars, resonators and the newly-emerging electronic aspects of these instruments. During his time in Kansas in the 1930s, he performed live on local radio stations with his Hawaiian steel guitar. However, like other innovators in the burgeoning industry of that era, he found that he had an equal passion for building instruments and equipment as he did playing them and that passion would become his life's work.

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Lowell C. Kiesel