April 28th, 2012, 06:21 AM
I sold my crappy LC bulldog 100w tube amp and kept the 212 8ohm cab. Now looking for tube amp for home use and or future potential. On a local second hand listing I found two amps that might fit my needs.
Whats your opinion on these options, havent seen or heard them yet.
A) peavey classic 30 head, black,16 ohms, price 225-250, 50 km drive
reverb is defective, which could be an ic op- mp f or 50 cents or something different...? Within budget plus room for new tubes if needed
not fully sure if it can be used on 8ohm, some say I can.
B) peavey delta blues 115 combo, tweed, bids from 350 accepted, 150km drive
This amp has the looks I like and has good reviews above the c30. However it is a little above budget, if I count petrol even more above budget, but I can probably survive the extra I guess.
There is also a fender deville, also over budget, the guy is dropping from 400 to 375 to 350, which is my opinion way to cheap for this kind of amp plus the quick pricedrop makes me suspect there is something to it. Is Is 60 not a little too much for home use. I was aiming at 30 w tube and i know thats is allready loud.
let me know what you think.
April 28th, 2012, 09:38 AM
C30..who needs reverb
Take external out for 8ohm tap
April 28th, 2012, 10:02 AM
I played Peaveys in the 80s. Got so used to hitting them to get the reverb working that when I bought a new one Classic Chorus I never took it in for repairs.
The techs in Fargo back then would have just told me "I fixed it just hit it right here".
Anyway I'm thinking thay had something loose inside but I never opened one up and looked.
April 28th, 2012, 10:09 AM
Never buy an amp that has a "small" fault. If you're really keen tell the seller to have it fixed first. I would guess that they've thought it cheaper to sell than have it repaired. Please be cautious. Good luck.
April 28th, 2012, 10:24 AM
Never buy an amp that has a "small" fault. If you're really keen tell the seller to have it fixed first. I would guess that they've thought it cheaper to sell than have it repaired.
...yeah, kind of sound advice. Also, just in my opinion, logically, if you need to ask which amp to buy, you may not be a good enough amp tech to fix it yourself, and therefore, may also not really know whether it can be fixed at a reasonable price.
The Classic 30s are a very popular bargain amp here. One of those that you can find at a reasonable price, but still sounds damn good. I've never played the separate head/cab variety, only the combo. I own a Classic 50 and think it's pretty awesome.
My uncle owns the Delta with the 15" speaker. He doesn't seem to like it, but every time I go over to his house, that's the one I want to play. I think they are boss.
Where is NL? Are these prices in pounds? It's hard to compare, but I got my Classic 50 for $300 and nothing is wrong with it. Of course, I searched craigslist for a long time to find what I wanted.
I'd also recommend the Blues Jr. if you are in a cash crunch. It's a little smaller, but a great amp in that same price range.
April 28th, 2012, 11:49 AM
thanks for the feedback.
NL is Netherlands, prices are in European monopoly bills:grin:
I am still in doubt:confused: if I can get the reverb fixed then the head is a steal. If not.... it is pretty simple technique. I am sure I can find a doctor who can. costs???? 100~150? but don't need to spend it immediately
On the otherhand i like tweed looks and think a combo could be easier for home use. Counting petrol it would be about 150 more than the head, I will get a speaker plus reverb and looks for that.
It will cost me half a day to get there and back.
April 28th, 2012, 04:40 PM
The Classic 30 head sounds great through a 212 cabinet. The reverb should be an easy fix.
Edited to add -- I have a Delta Blues 115, and it is a very nice amp. But I would trade it for a Classic 30 head if I could find one. The tremolo on the DB isn't very good compared to Fender amps, so I never use it.
April 28th, 2012, 10:29 PM
The Classic 30 an Delta Blues are essentially the same amp except for the DB's tremolo, IIRC. You can't go wrong with either in my opinion.
June 8th, 2012, 02:57 PM
Update. I got a brand new in box, never used though second hand Laney vc30 for the same price.
Turns out that Peaveys are well sought after second hand increasing the price drasticly.
I bumped into a guy who plays bass in a death metal band, his brother plays guitar in the same band on a Mesa stack. They won the amp in a contest (I cross checked) but had no use for it.
I read the horror stories but they all say "what a tone". I think you shoulnt drive top speed in a Hyundai all the time. Good cars but then they will break.
Made in the UK, used at home only should be fine I guess.
June 8th, 2012, 04:13 PM
I bought a used Peavey amp with a bad reverb. The previous owner had had the reverb tank wired backwards. Simply changed the 2 plugs into the correct sockets and it worked. I did later re-solder the connections and eventually got a whole new reverb tank...about $40 on eBay. Sounds great for a long time now.
Peavey has ALL its amp manuals online for free download, and they are very long lasting and rugged amps. The Classic 30 is a GREAT amp and I have no doubt you would be very happy with it.
June 8th, 2012, 05:17 PM
Laneys are fine amps, you should be happy with that one.
June 8th, 2012, 07:13 PM
Ok fired it up after diner as I only checked if there was sound at that guys place. It is brand new in the plastic in the box.
Turns out I forgot to take the power lead so I had to unplug something else, I'll get a new one at work Monday.
but eurhm... Wow! I can play tubes...and not even loud... something different to 100 watts shaking the tiles off the roof loud. But it gets even better. I can turn the volume up and still shake some rooftiles, annoy the neighbours and piss off the misses. HAHAh!
But I got it to play not loud, I might consider to try some EL844 to even reduce power a little more. Don't get me wrong, 22w is still enough for home use and thats probably the only place that I will use this amp.
Yep, I am having a happy NAD! Wish it had headphone socket so I could still play at this midnight hour ;-)