All of the other reviewers are correct, the MTS3200 is a great all-around amp. Great high gain (very high gain) tones but smooth and tasteful. Around the same time I bought my MTS3200, I picked up an original block letter 5150. I had the 5150 about a week and resold it online. Very high gain yes but it was very abrasive and course to me, had to unload it. The MTS3200 has a beautiful full and warm clean channel and a very high lead channel that is very balanced and very full on the bottom end. Very smooth tones even with the gain on 10. For the typical used price today of $400-ish, its a wonderful value. Excellent tones and excellent features.
This amp was bought used over E-Bay for $400.00. It was worth every penny and more. I played through Marshall, Peavey 5150's, Crate Blue-VooDoo's and Fenders. I chose the Carvin because of what it had to offer.
Massive volume potential. The 3200 has 100 watts but can be switched back to 50 watts in seconds. This is a brilliant feature as it turns off half of the stack of power tubes and lets you maintain the tione without the high volume. However, at 50 watts this thing will break glass from a block away. The 3200 has all the warmth and softness you'd want in a tube but can sparkle just as nicely. This amp had equal-to or better tone that any of the others amps I messed with. Much better than the 5150. It also is just as loud and is one road-worthy gigger. I don't even own a back-up amp and have done gigs with this Carvin. I'd sleep with the thing but my wife gets jealous.
I like everything about this amp.
Very stout and durable construction. This amp will due just fine sitting all nice and pretty in a studio or you can take it out on the road doing out-door gigs in Omaha, NE and let the whole world (literally) enjoy its magic.
Get a 3200 or you'll have paid way too much and gotten way too little out of your tube amp. Simply the best!
about $900.00 brand new... affordable compared to new marshalls, mesa boogie, and peavey 5150.
the amp is incredible. i plugged it in and was ready to go play. i have had a line 6 before and when i got this amp there was one thing i went for bass. when i played through line 6 and other models it got muddy, ringy, and cringing. when i bought this amp i knew the ultimate test was volume, maybe its like every other amp it sounds good at low levels lets crank it. I blasted it and cranked a palmed riff, the basss rung my heart, popped it right out my back, but left the sound almost untouchable. i heard every note of the chord without the unwanted ring or dirt, and it didnt make me cringe. The amp has awesome feature. Two channels thats all you need with this amp, this amp can drive your sound to new heights with it behind you. Get this amp it blows other amps away.
Did I mention an amazing OUTPUT, ask if your marshall 412 can do that.
i noticed that playing through clean channel with reverb up till half level but switched off by foot switch makes a whipping sound after the chord your palying. barely noticeable.
hand made to your perfection... they took time to its appearance and yes even its long lasting new smell.
awesome amp. get one. get one now. trade in that new marshall, they dont make them like they used to any more. there are no more tubes. Can't afford a mesa, this is thrown right out at ya. pick it up and play it. buy it!
Bought it used for $700 with matching 4X12 cab. I had read many reviews and i knew that this is the amp i wanted.
This head is built so solid, so tough, that i do play it at gigs without a backup, even though i have about 9 tubes to worry about. I've just always been confident that it won't crap out at the last second like other amps. The low end on the gain channel is a plus...it's incredible! and the distortion is perfect, you can get that Andy Timmons-like bluesy growl with the gain on about 5, and the John Petrucci-like major distortion while still retaining impeccable clarity...yes it's that good. And the clean channel features a specially wired treble tone knob that only controls the highest frequencies, allowing you to shape your tone like a piezo bridge! Another perk is the 50/100 watt switch in the back...if i want better tube clipping (better sounding distorion) at low volume levels, i can hit a switch in the back and shut off two of the 4 power tubes! That's a great feature because this amp can really crank, but when i'm playing late at night i don't want to wake up the whole house, but i still want to get good tone. I had considered a Mesa Boogie, or a 5150, but the Carvin just gave me more options and better sound in the end.
made in the USA! Even the housing is made with quality pine wood...not plywood! everything is very neat and looks great. You can tell this wasn't thrown together in some cheap Korean factory.
Bottom line: if you're looking for a professional amp that can step up when it needs to, and back off when it's told, buy this amp. You won't be dissapointed because it doesn't give you a reason. If this thing is ever stolen or lost, it will be replaced in a heartbeat. i've had this amp for a long time now, so i've had time to test it's features and really push it to the limit. I can tell you that through all my various musical phases (alternative, death/melodic metal, progressive rock, and most recently blues) this amp has always stuck by me and has been able to pull off all those sounds with ease. If you have any questions about this amp, or any other Carvin products (i play a DC400TA), e-mail me at TChristese@aol.com.