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Peavey Gear?

Postby PunkNotDead on Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:09 pm

What are you opinions on vintage Peavey gear?
I have a small obsession currently with peavey amps.

I currently own:
1977 Peavey Standard PA Mixer 160H series (used for guitar, kick ass fuzzy sounding distortion)
1974 Peavey Bass 400 Series (Kick ass bass distortion, Pre amp only, bought for $40 due to missing amplifier)
1988 Peavey Combo 300 (I run the 400 series pre amp into it)
Then a peavey bass and guitar combos.
i noticed Peavey Gear in the 90s started getting cheaply made. plastic corner pieces, shitty pots, cheaper speakers. Just from my experience at least.

I don't see Steve talking about them at all. I know he likes Traynor Gear. I also recently bought a 74' Traynor YVM 4. Not a huge fan but still sounds great considering it's a PA amp as well.

Anyway what do you suggest me getting, looking into next? i know there is the 5150 amps but i'm not a fan of the tone. i like harsher fuzzier tones rather then the modern sounding distortions.
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Re: Peavey Gear?

Postby chris jury on Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:40 pm

I am a fan of Peavey stuff- it is cheap, well made (until the 90's) and easy to find.

You are buying the right stuff.
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Re: Peavey Gear?

Postby Boombats on Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:35 pm

Never heard of em.
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Re: Peavey Gear?

Postby elisha wiesner on Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:21 am

Peavey.... It's where you started, it's where you'll end up.
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Re: Peavey Gear?

Postby 154 on Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:11 am

Kind of been covered across several threads here, but never in one Tech Room specific thread I guess.
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Anyway, these are the ones you probably want, the early '80s Mark III series (available in BASS, but I like the MUSICIAN's phaser). Don't pay more than $200 and it should at least have most of its knobs.
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Re: Peavey Gear?

Postby TylerSavage on Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:10 pm

I got a peavey rock master head for $300 and I'm totally happy with for heavier stuff or a pedal platform. It can convincingly cover most bases and I'm not afraid of taking it to shows in sketchy places. I play it weekly and my Marshall JMP sits on a shelf.

For the money the solid state bass heads are tough to beat and I've seen enough metal and hardcore bands use them for guitar just fine.

Don't judge Traynor based on the yvm PA, reserve judgement until youve cranked a pbass through a yba3
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Re: Peavey Gear?

Postby twelvepoint on Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:21 pm

Proud owner of a T-40 and a Valverb. Used to have a 4x12 with Sheffields that FM Boombats got in a trade. Only got rid of it because of space issues, but if I needed another cab I'd totally look for one.
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Re: Peavey Gear?

Postby Boombats on Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:09 pm

Hah I got rid of it too, for the same reason. sounded massive and awesome but I felt like a bully with two 412s compared to my other guitarist's single 212, so I downsized. Would buy again if I needed such power.
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Re: Peavey Gear?

Postby Hiwatt on Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:31 pm

The Classic series are severely underrated amps
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Re: Peavey Gear?

Postby holmes on Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:47 pm

Big fan of my peavey reactor. Absolutely love that guitar. I've got a classic something or other amp that is also good. I've got a peavey t bass that is also good. All of it cost fuck all.
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Re: Peavey Gear?

Postby Maurice Again on Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:03 pm

elisha wiesner wrote:Peavey.... It's where you started, it's where you'll end up.


Yeah this. I've had both the bad and good ends of the spectrum.
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Re: Peavey Gear?

Postby Adam P on Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:03 pm

The VTX MX head sounds pretty rad for bass.
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Re: Peavey Gear?

Postby JohnnySomersett on Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:54 pm

Massive vintage Peavey fan here. Had a T40 bass that I loved but couldn't get on with the neck so had to part with. Currently use a Peavey Century Bass head (1977 I believe) that absolutely kills for gnarly rock music - and is scary loud for its 150w rating!

I have Peavey OEM Eminence speakers in all my 12" cabs (which are mostly old 70s Peavey cabs as well). I have a few PA heads and have been through a few of the Deuce/Mace/etc amps.

Really want a Rockmaster or Roadmaster but they don't seem to exist here in the UK.

Practically indestructible anything 1980s and before.

Peavey is a cheap obsession to have.
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Re: Peavey Gear?

Postby TylerSavage on Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:06 pm

I was playing my Rockmaster last night and I think it's a forever amp. Super versatile. Decent cleans, good gain for days. The 'thick' and 'warm' knobs are entirely usable. There's the sliiiiightest feeling of sterility but I think it's just in my head because of that damn sharp edged peavey logo.
Here's one in the states unfortunately. https://reverb.com/item/6622081-peavey- ... -120-watts
I think it's worth it for $450 shipped... I've spent more on heads I didn't enjoy as much.

(I don't know why people say low-mid gain... with the high input and the pre-gain/pump knob you can get into some hairy territory).
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Re: Peavey Gear?

Postby Boombats on Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:15 pm

The Deuce might be the most abusively loud combo ever made. Old bandmate had one and the cleans could skin an armadillo.
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Re: Peavey Gear?

Postby jtyler on Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:35 pm

Very good for what they are. I've played through my fair share of Peavey gear, and it's all done the job well enough. Our guitarist still uses my old Classic 50 that I sold to him years ago. For the usual asking prices, you generally can't go wrong.
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Re: Peavey Gear?

Postby Antero on Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:59 am

jtyler wrote:Very good for what they are. I've played through my fair share of Peavey gear, and it's all done the job well enough. Our guitarist still uses my old Classic 50 that I sold to him years ago. For the usual asking prices, you generally can't go wrong.

Classic line is good stuff, real workhorse amps. When we were recording our album all of the guitar was through a Classic 30 since my amp was in the shop.

(I've actually got a Classic 50 head right now that I'd like to move, in case anyone is interested. It's just taking up space since I'm not gigging, unfortunately)
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Re: Peavey Gear?

Postby Boombats on Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:46 am

Prices on those Classic 50s seem to have gone up a bit last time I looked.
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Re: Peavey Gear?

Postby honeyisfunny on Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:58 am

I always chuckle at this

steve wrote:Okay, okay. These Peavey, she is crap. Okay.

But the little dudes, they no have anything other to wail. Is so cool so many little dudes wail, all can bond over Peavey crap of youth. So any two musicians from the America, they meet even as old nono (e biznono) men, can speak of it.
"Remember Peavey?"
"Si, si. When I am little dude, I wail the Peavey."
"I too, the Peavey. For wail"
"Is crap though."
"Si. These Peavey are some crap."
"She never break, these Peavey."
"Si, si. Unfortunato, she no give some excuse to replace her."
"For too many years I wail the Peavey."
"Si."
"I even to kick her down stairs to break, but she no break."
"Si. But is cool for little dudes to basement wail."
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Re: Peavey Gear?

Postby Tommy on Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:45 am

Just picked up a VTM 60. Peavey was aiming for a hot-rodded JCM800 sound. Has 6L6 instead of EL34. I was looking for a higher gain amp than everything I have where I could plug into direct and get metal. We'll see if it's a keeper, but it definitely nails the Badmotorfinger sound (Thayil used the 120). It's stupid loud and pretty heavy.

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