You guys are a terrible influence!
I emailed James Brown last night/early this morning, as he designed the Kustom Coupe series as well as Peavey's Classic series, including the Delta Blues, which I really like.
I was curious as to what he thought of the Defender... Here is his reply:
Yes, I designed the Defender amps as well. They have the same circuitry as the Coupe, but with EL34s and Vintage 30s. It does change the tone quite a lot to make those changes, since the Coupe's Eminence has an aluminum dust cover which gives it a completely different tone than a Vintage 30.
I think the Defenders rock a little bit harder, while the Coupes were more optimized for their clean tones. The other difference is that most of the Defenders were built completely in China, while the Coupes were made in USA, with some Chinese parts like the chassis and circuit board.
I'm surprised that they're blowing them out at those prices, but I guess they're moving on to something else.
Anyway, I called and ordered one of each, and a 412 cab too. The "freight fee" doesn't kick in until 70 lbs, so at 68 lbs, the 100 watter is just under the wire. I fully expect that at least one or possibly even all of these items will be cancelled before they arrive at my door, but I think there's a good chance I'll get at least the 412 cab, and possibly the 100 watt Defender as well.
Who knows? Maybe I'll get all three!
I have a Kustom Coupe 36, and I really like it, but the speaker is a little too clean for my tastes. I have actually thought about replacing it with a V30, and apparently, James Brown thought about the same thing and then actually did it with the Defender series.
Thanks again to ChipOnly for the heads-up... Such a terrible, terrible influence!