1980 Peavey Classic 30

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  1. DrBGood

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    I might get a crazy deal on one. Anything to watch for ?
     
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    Nothing specific, but anything that old needs a full service.
     
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    They are tried and true.

    Lots use the extension Jack to use regular 8 ohm speakers and not the standard amp out 16. Imho
     
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    1980?
    Are you sure??
     
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    Loved mine
    I replaced the tubes and the speaker

    Sold it to my friend.
    He still has it and it’s still going strong.
     
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    Techs hate to work on them because of the ribbon cables connecting the two PCB boards….thats the only downside i know of……had one loved it, should not have sold it.
     
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    Seller said 80's, maybe meant long time ago, like 90's.

    But ... it looks like someone else is gonna have it. After telleing me to come over 2 hours from now, he calls back a bit later saying someone made a deposit on it. He mistook the other guys name for mine or =something like that.

    I'm pissed ! That thing is like mint, always kept under its cover for 350 CAD.
     
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    The oldest ones are from about 1990 ,I think....
     
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    Wasn't James Brown the designer of them? Right before he worked with Eddie
     
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    I have the same question. I didn’t think they came out until the 90s. I purchased a Classic 50 410 around ‘94. I also had the Classic 20.
     
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    I think I remember seeing them show up in local stores around 1993-94.
     
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    Your timeline makes sense to me. I did some opening gigs for Nitty Gritty in late '92... Hanna was using a Classic 50 and it was the first time I had seen one. They were likely endorsed... and it may have been an early copy.
     
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    Peavey had a hybrid amp in the 70s, maybe up to 1980? called Classic.
    Maybe it was that one. In that case, the price should have been at least 1/2 of what the tube pre-amp & power-amp Classic (30) series costs used,,,which can and out in the 90s.
     
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    Correction here.

    I'll say it again ... seller had it for so long he probably meant 80's seem farther than 90's for him. Amp is pristine under its cover and he said he hadn't played it for a long time.

    Anyway, he didn't call me back, so I'll presume it's gone to someone else.

    Classic 30.JPG

    $_59.JPG
     
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    I have a late-80s (or early 90s) Peavey Revolution head that, as far as I know, has never been serviced. And it works flawlessly like it was made yesterday. It's solid state, yeah, so there isn't the issue with tube degradation... but still. Old Peaveys are made to survive the apocalypse. Peavey should've been contracted out to build spacecraft.
     
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    That looks like it would've been a nice score. I really like the Classic 30s and 50s. I prefer them to anything Fender to be honest.
     
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    When did the tube cage/guard come out..90s..?
     
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    Not until later. I had one in the late 90s and there was no cage on it.
     
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    There was an aftermarket product called Tom's Tube Tamer that C30 owners used to install but I don't think PV installed their cage until they cosmetically redesigned the C30 in 2004-ish.
     
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    if you can still get it, GET IT.

    they are great.. I have one of the first runs, Circa 1990's.. with unbranded speaker, which became the Blue Marvel in later models..

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    I re-tubed everything with JJ's

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    Never had a problem with tube rattle that seems to be the common problem with these amps.. its all solid and reliable. HOWEVER. it does run hot.. I'll say it again, IT RUNS HOT.

    but the sound is nice, the cleans are decent, cuts through the mix quite nicely due to the inherent mids this amp has, and paired with a tele, you dont even have to do anything and it still cuts through the mix.. just stand and do nothing, and you'll still cut through. LOL
     
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