Love for old Peavey

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Re: Love for old Peavey

Post by EffinNewGuy » Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:25 am

My father-in-law gave me his old 70’s Peavey Classic, pre-VT series. It even had the 4-button foot switch and was in remarkable shape with the original 6L6s. Then my wife left it on for a few days and one of the 6L6’s went out. Great super massive cleans. Hitting the front end with my hoof reaper yields ecstasy.

I also have a late 90’s Classic 50 head that has been modded with some sort of switch that affects the tone stack. It also has “#2” written in Sharpie. I suppose it was someone’s backup for touring at some point. This is currently my main amp.

I’m going to have to play around with that 70’s Classic soon too.

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Re: Love for old Peavey

Post by Plumerai » Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:52 pm

The one thing I hated was the handle. One handle centered on top of a heavy amp that weighed more on one side.

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Re: Love for old Peavey

Post by somanytoys » Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:59 pm

mortron wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:05 am
My first Bass amp was a TNT115... Thing was big and loud. It also nearly killed our drummer when he decided to play bass and sing one jam. I guess the music shop I bought it from didn't do much tech work, nor did they earn me about vintage amps and the stupid death caps.

I have a friend who owns one, and feel uncomfortable just sitting next to it haha.
Damn! Don’t hear that many horror stories about them. I really wanted one of those when I was growing up, but could only get the TKO. I totally blew that up later, but it served me really well for a long time, it was a good amp for me.

I used to play with it set really low, and sit on it to feel me playing along with albums I would listen to thru headphones. I woke my dad up one day while he was sleeping off of a dog shift, he was not happy. If I’d had a TNT, I’d have probably been a homeless kid...

It's a boost booster, to boost your boost - it makes your tone much muchier.

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Re: Love for old Peavey

Post by Tweedledee » Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:54 am

I have an old Peavey Express 1x12 combo that delivers lovely sparking cleans with tight, punchy low end. In a blind test I bet a lot of people would say it's a tube amp--at least when run perfectly clean. But if you want that (not so pleasing, IMHO) 90s solid state overdrive tone, it's definitely in there. ;D I picked it up on Craigslist for $40 earlier this year. I opened it up and sprayed all the pots with contact cleaner, which helped with the scratchiness (I'm pretty sure no one had opened up the amp since it was new). It weighs a ton and I think it's rather ugly, but I don't see how you could ever get a better clean tone in a 1x12 combo for so cheap.


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Re: Love for old Peavey

Post by s_mcsleazy » Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:34 am

it's weird but every shitty practice space i've ever been in has an old peavey bass amp. i'm reminded of that steve albini line "you can find a bit of peavey gear at the bottom of a lake, dry it off and it will still work. it will always sound like a peavey but it will still work"
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Re: Love for old Peavey

Post by Jonesie » Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:22 am

My go to saying for most of Peavey's line:

"Peavey: Solid state, solid tone."
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"Alright, you're a cab!"

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