Carr Skylark vs Carr Sportsman

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  1. joeprs

    joeprs Member

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    Both have 6V6 power tubes. Sportsman is based on the Princeton, Skylark is based on the Harvard. Sportsman has 16 watts clean, 19 watts max, with a 'headroom' control that is more or less a MV. Skylark has 12 watts which can be attenuated. Both can do clean and grind to one degree or another.

    Other than the attenuator, presence control and high/low gain switch on the Skylark and slightly more headroom of the Sportsman, is there really that much difference between the two?

    My question might be stupid or not. I feel like the Skylark is an improved or fancier Sportsman more or less. Although, maybe there is a BIG difference between the Harvard (which I'm unfamiliar with and the Princeton).

    I own a Sportsman and have spent very little time with the Skylark, although I really liked what I heard.

    If there was a thread on this that I may have missed, please post a link to it so I can read it.

    If I'm beating this subject to death, let me know and I'll just delete this thread.

    Thanks for reading and your time.
     
  2. leighianson

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    Hey joeprs, I have a rambler and skylark on order and I've played the sportsman a fair bit. To me they are quite different, with the skylark being brighter and maybe with a little faster response. If I had the throw around adjectives I would call the skylark delicate and articulate and the sportsman would be warm and spongy. I found the breakup on the skylark quite a bit better for me but that's just personal preference. The sportsman was also a little boxy sounding to me whereas the skylark was more open.

    Here is the link to a thread about Carr amps where I posted a clip comparing the skylark and sportsman, but I accidentally pointed the iPhone at my crotch so be warned haha.
     
  3. joeprs

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    Thanks, leighianson, your post is very helpful. I think I can actually stick with what I have for now.
    I do agree that the Sportsman can sound boxy. I plugged it into my 16 ohm 2 x 12 Avatar cab and was blown away. The Avatar has a V30 and G12H-30 which compliment one another well.
     
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    Groberts Silver Supporting Member

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    hey Guys, I'm going to post this on another thread I started about the Skylark. My best friend bought the Skylark I was looking at, but I wasn't ready to pull the trigger. I caught his band last night and took a couple video's of the Skylark in action, in a 6 piece blues band at an outdoor venue. The Skylark SMOKES!!

    To anyone who wonders if this amp is GIG worthy with a BAND, ....listen and decide for yourself. I was personally amaaazed!!

    I checked his settings at the end of the night and to the best of my recollection, they were:
    Vol = Noon
    L/H switch set to "L"
    treble 10 o'clock
    Mid 11 oclock to noon
    Bass = 3 o'clock
    Presence = 9 o'clock
    He had a Jam Dreamer Plus OD pedal with both sides engaged the whole time
    Guitar = Fender '63 Custom Shop Tele w/Fender CS '63 PU's



     
  5. joeprs

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    Groberts, thank you for posting. It sounds great and definitely cuts through.
     

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