Kurt Cobain’s Carver PM-1200 Power Amplifier

Kurt Cobain used this rack unit very briefly in 1992. More specifically it was seen during the Saturday Night Live gig in January 1992, during which it was paired with a Mesa/Boogie Studio .22 Preamp, and another unknown unit.

Carver PM-1200 Power Amplifier seen in the middle, sitting underneath Mesa/Boogie Studio .22 Preamp. (Saturday Night Live 1992)

On Nirvana’s next show, on January 24, 1992, at the Phoenician Club, Sydney, Australia, Kurt was seen using a Crest 4801 Power Amp instead. So it appears that the Carver was only used for one gig total.

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8 months ago

Does anyone know if these “Carver PM-1200 Poweramp” are still in production these days!? Which are made in the northwest and are very unique, Earnie Bailey (Kurt’s guitar tech) tells me.


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