Kurt Cobain’s Carver PM-1200 Power Amplifier

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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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11 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.