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Discussion in 'Amp Owners Clubs' started by Daddydex, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. Greg.Coal

    Greg.Coal Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 23, 2009
    Colorado
    Hey, CoolMo, welcome to the forum! And, congratulations on finding a Peavey. I'm looking forward to your review,

    Greg
     

  2. LGOberean

    LGOberean Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    63
    May 31, 2008
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    Ciao, Mo! Benvenuto alla nostro Club Peavey. :D

    Yes, I believe you are right about the 1991 date. Years ago, Roger Crimm of Peavey Customer Service posted to the Peavey forum about serial numbers that Peavey had used. In the decade of the '80s, serial numbers were made up of a 2 digit prefix and an 8 digit serial # following that. The prefix indicated the year of manufacture, followed by 8 digits in the rest of the serial number, which was the pattern.

    The first digit of the prefix was a number, indicating what year in the decade the piece was manufactured. That was followed by a letter, which IIRC ("If I Recall Correctly," in case you were wondering) indicated the type of gear in question. And in the lower right hand corner there was a number and a letter corresponding to the year the prefix indicated.

    So, for example, my Bandit 65's serial # is 4A-01900152, so my Bandit 65 was an amp manufactured in year 4 of the 1980s, i.e., 1984. And in the lower right hand corner of the nameplate is the designation 84C, which corresponds to the year indicated in the serial number.

    IIRC, some time in the early 1990s, that serialization system changed. My Peavey Studio Pro 112 TransTube (1995 or 1996, I believe) has an 8 digit serial number without a prefix. But then again I have an old Peavey Envoy 110 teal stripe that is a 1990, and uses the serialization system of the 1980s.

    The Solo Series Bandit 112 was manufactured after the Bandit 75, beginning in 1988, continuing to 1995. In my limited experience, a teal stripe such as yours would date from 1990 on. Your serial # 1A-05016114 still follows the system used throughout the 80s, and apparently into the early 90s. So that prefix indicates an amplifier manufactured in year 1 of the decade. Also, that number in the lower right hand corner, "91B," corresponds with a 1991 date.
     

  3. coolmo

    coolmo TDPRI Member

    12
    Sep 10, 2012
    Italy
    Grazie 1000 :)
    That's just the confirmation I was looking for.
    Thanks also for pointing out the acronym (I would never have guessed myself as I an not a native speaker)

    This coming saturday I have a live gig where I plan to crank out this new baby, I will let here know the outcome (and possibily a couple of funny piccys of the event)

    have a nice day.
    Mo
     

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  5. coolmo

    coolmo TDPRI Member

    12
    Sep 10, 2012
    Italy
    Hi Folks,
    so as promised here's my review of the 21 y.o. solo bandit 112 as it came up last nite at a gig (see attached piccy, the bandit is pointed out).

    WEIGHT: it's heavy man!!! you wouldn't expect a SS amp of that wattage to be that heavy. Modern similar stuff have much lower weight. I discussed with a fellow colleague who is into HW design and showed him the schematics. He says that the weight is mostly in the speaker and in the way the power section of the amp is designed. He advises the current loop stuff inside this baby is far better then current chinoiserie.

    SOUND: the place was a mess and I couldn't sound check anything. I anyway used the lead channel only and appreciated a lot the functionality of the SUPSAT knob: it gave me that 'compressed saturation' I was searching for. I didn't have to change anything else during the gig. The only complaint could be that it is an amp that sound more rock-oriented than it's expected for the music we were playing (easy to guess by looking at the piccy), but I knew that and so I am fine with it,

    VOLUME: my drummer was just behind me and man, he rocks like a bomb, so I cranked up to 7 or 8 without any loss in quality of the output.

    Definitely a good amp: my Fender Eighty-Five would have gone nuts beyond voulme 5.

    IMHO: not good for open air gigs (better go with at least two cones for that)...next time..

    Regards,
    CoolMo
     

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  6. LGOberean

    LGOberean Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    63
    May 31, 2008
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    Here in south Texas, that is a very common look. But I was not expecting that look coming from Italy! And yes, I can guess what style of music. Again, it would be very common around these parts.

    The Bandit is well suited for Rock, especially if you're playing through the Lead channel. If I were playing Country, I'd probably play through the Normal (clean) channel myself. If, OTOH ("On The Other Hand," another acronym for you), I were playing New Country, like Brooks & Dunn, Ronnie Dunn (solo), etc., I'd tap into the Lead channel.
     

  7. Greg.Coal

    Greg.Coal Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 23, 2009
    Colorado
    Thanks for the review, CoolMo! Adding an external speaker jack is very easy with that amp (if it does not have one); and, you make speakers in Italy so you should have a good selection to choose from and build a 2-speaker cabinet. There are several ways to make that amp loud but you can choose the sound you like. Everybody should.

    Greg
     

  8. coolmo

    coolmo TDPRI Member

    12
    Sep 10, 2012
    Italy
    Thank you Greg,
    unfortunatley this Solo model ('91) does not have the speaker output jack but I am confident enough at tweaking the unit myself or with the help of some HW guys at the office. If you coul dplease point me out a link where I can get some info on how to take out an ext speaker jack I will do the modding. and ...yes, we make some kinda speakers in Italy so I can build up my 2x12" box and hook it to this baby for louder and "wider" gigs.

    Thank you all
    CoolMo
     

  9. coolmo

    coolmo TDPRI Member

    12
    Sep 10, 2012
    Italy
    It's a new country band, so I am glad my lead channel choice was appropriate.
    thanks for replying

    (BTW in Italy there is more than moustaches, pizza, spaghetti and mandolin under the sun althought that's what we can do best ...LOL)
     

  10. LGOberean

    LGOberean Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    63
    May 31, 2008
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    I hope I didn't leave the impression that I have just a stereotype of all Italians. I just didn't think of Resistol straw Cowboy hats, pearl snap Western shirts and Justin Ropers as Italian.

    Then again, Lucchese boots have an Italian name, though the Lucchese Boot Company has been a Texas institution for nearly 130 years.

    BTW, I spent a week in Italy in December of 1971. I was a senior in high school, and our school choir was invited to an international choir competition in Rome. We didn't win, we took second or third place (hard to remember, it's been 40 years), but just being there was a high point in my life. We toured the country and sang in different cities, culminating in a performance in St. Peter's Basilica.

    Of all that I saw there, what impressed me most was Michelangelo's Pieta. I count myself fortunate to have seen it before that mad geologist took a hammer to it. I looked upon it with no acrylic glass panel between me and the statue. The second most impressive site (for me) in Italy was La Torre Pendente di Pisa.
     

  11. coolmo

    coolmo TDPRI Member

    12
    Sep 10, 2012
    Italy
    No problem Larry, It's OK.

    It's me that, knowing my folks, like so much to joke about how we are (and Ithink yes! we are odd, naive, eclectic, loud, ...I can guarantee)

    1971 is the year I was born in and my country was by then far more different from the current mess, it was probably more genuine, less crowded, more archaic and still uncontaminated, unpolluted. I wish I could have experienced our (cultural and gastronomical) excellences at that time rather than those I can nowadays. Consider yourself lucky.

    ciao
    Mo
     

  12. coolmo

    coolmo TDPRI Member

    12
    Sep 10, 2012
    Italy
    Greg, can you point me out a couple of names of italian speakers I should look for here? (anything US-made would see its price rise by 20% as soon as it gets here: customs tax, VAT, bla-bla, etc)

    of course I am thinking of modding by adding to the backpanel the ext speaker jack with the switching jack (to cut off the internal one when driving the external) and drive a couple of 12" 16 Ohms in parallel through a proper cable-speaker.

    looking 4ward 2 ur reply, thanks.
    Mo
     

  13. J.Rodney

    J.Rodney Tele-Meister

    coolmo, put your Bandit in a chair or amp stand next time, you may be happier with it for open air gigs.
     

  14. LGOberean

    LGOberean Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    63
    May 31, 2008
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    Here's my amp stand. ;)

    [​IMG]

    I used to play at this coffee shop venue, on their covered patio. I'd put my Bandit up on one of their metal stacking chairs. I liked the results. The controls were more accessible, for one thing.
     

  15. hshight

    hshight Tele-Meister

    379
    May 25, 2010
    near Memphis
    I'd like ti join the club! Just got from CL a Bandit 65 for $75, looks brand new!
     

  16. coolmo

    coolmo TDPRI Member

    12
    Sep 10, 2012
    Italy
    Welcome on board.
    If you wish, you can post piccys of your new 'toy' and write a small review after you've played with it for a while (either live or at home)

    regards,
    Mo
     

  17. LGOberean

    LGOberean Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    63
    May 31, 2008
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    A Bandit 65 in great condition for $75? Nice score! :D

    Oh, yeah, and welcome. Like coolmo said, pics and a review would be welcome, too.
     

  18. ChrisTP90

    ChrisTP90 TDPRI Member

    99
    Jan 9, 2008
    France
    Bandit 112 Sheffield

    Just got mine a few days ago for 90€.
    I really enjoy the sound/tone, great cleans and nice overdrive channel.
    For the cleans I have a Fender Frontman 25R that sounds surprizingly good, so the Peavey is mostly used for its OD channel.

    I am not after hard rock or heavy metal, but I had a very nice BB King type of tone with my peerless songbird P90 (A Casino replica). Without any pedals and just by tweaking the knobs. Surprising tone for an SS amp, before getting one I was reading the online reviews about this amp and I just can confirm, it's a very nice amp for the price.

    Very close to a tube amp. The knobs are quite sensitive and it's a pleasure to go from BB King type of tone to a heavier Plexi type of tone just with the knobs settings.

    The Sheffield speaker seems nice and sounds good although I didn't hear the same amp with a different speaker.

    It seems like a good buy and a keeper.

    [​IMG]
     

  19. Greg.Coal

    Greg.Coal Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 23, 2009
    Colorado
    Hey, Mr Chris,

    I have that same amp and I think it is very fine. I prefer it to a Peavey Bandit 65 Solo Series that I also have. You may someday like the clean channel from this amp, too.

    Greg
     

  20. ChrisTP90

    ChrisTP90 TDPRI Member

    99
    Jan 9, 2008
    France
    Hi Greg,
    I do like the clean channel of this amp, it is a tad darker than my little Fender.
    I guess Peavey put a lot of work on these models to have this sound quality.
    Really like it, and amazed by its sound/tone.
     

  21. ASC67

    ASC67 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 3, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN.
    Just for kicks I swapped out the Scorpion in my Bandit 65 for a Cannabis Rex I had laying around. It sounds really good, a lot less mid heavy and some nice lows as well. For anyone looking for a replacement I would recommend the Rex. It is a 50 watt speaker but I've never had my Bandit above 4 or 5 so I think it would be fine.
     

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