Carvin's are known for their clean channels, which is really warm and sparkly sounding. although most of the distortion channels use clipping diodes. This can give you the effect of using a tubescreamer over a clean channel. Some people really like that sound, but personally I prefer straight tube distortion. The Carvin Legacy and the Carvin V3 combos do not use clipping diodes so the distortion is really nice. For the Carvin MTS, Belair, Nomad, Vintage 16 they all use clipping diodes, but there are mods that people do on their Carvin amps to remove the diodes. Apparently it's pretty simple. Some of the older Carvin amps don't use clipping diodes though like the X series and the Valvemaster series I believe.
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