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Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by mjr428, Mar 9, 2020.
Can't beat a $10 amp.
I was thinkin' about that the other night.
Good musicians can get by using anything. Many good musicians have spent decades adapting to mediocre gear. Good musicians make mediocre gear sound better. Of course good gear makes good musicians sound better.
Yup. That's a challenge.
Anyone got a five buck Backstage? Don't care about condition, just price.
The Artist was known as the "Marshall Killer"...I'd like to hear one again. They're so heavy and the necessity of the of the proprietary footswitch to access the automix feature always turned me off.
Nope, best I can do is this dumpster-found Teal Bandit 112.
Had to clean it, install a speaker that I already had and make a grille for it.
[And the Bandit 75 previously mentioned here, just finished it last night
($25.00) but no pic available yet.]
That lost something in the translation. I think it started out as "Musician Killer" or "Roadie Killer" and perhaps through the magic of Wishful Thinking became "Marshall Killer".
Tinnitus and a bad back ain't quite dead.
I should be heaping praise on the one I have. It must be worth
ONE MILLION DOLLARS!!
A friend of mine had a Backstage Plus in the 80's, which had an overdrive/distortion that sounded 100 times better than my piece of crap Bandit 65...
You must have a bad one, lol.
"The Artist is like the Mace, Deuce and Classic in that it has a solid state preamp and a tube power section"
and the Heritage
I had an Artist that I loved the sound of but I couldn't keep it outta the shop. Several nights mid gig I watched the magic smoke roll out of the back of it
These need very little attention to look a lot better. Just lose some of the dated styling elements.
Looks like a kit amp. Probably alot tougher though. I agree that the starker look is an improvement.
That does look a lot better. The bottom of mine is starting to fall apart so I'm just going to make a pine box for it.
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Thanks. I had to take mine apart to replace the grille cloth and clean the pots, so it was easy to remove the badge and metal baffle side trims at the time. The side trims are held in place with very long staples. If I sell it, I still have everything in case the new owner wants to relive the 80s!
Back when I gigged the Artist...
We were loading out. I left the one million metric ton made from the cores of black holes Peavey on one of those center pedestal bar tables. Venue had a concrete floor. I was schmoozing with a flock of groupies
I was schmoozing with my one dedicated groupie
I was shoozing with some sweet young thing who had a distinct deer in the headlights look but who was too polite to flee
when I heard a sound like Thor's hammer smacking on concrete. My Artist had done a back flip off the bar table and landed on the concrete floor. I was horrified. Surely my baby had serious if not terminal internal injuries.
My would- be groupie... she would have been my groupie if she was my groupie but she wasn't... my would be groupie used the distraction as her opportunity to flee.
My Artist was just fine next time I used it.
Anyone wanna buy it?
One million dollars!
Hey... it's worth that in reliability.
If you cover the shipping cost, how much of the million dollars do you figure you’ll have left?
Isn't the Artist the one that was something like a 120W tube amp??
I was given more than 10 years ago a Peavey Special 130... Reputedly dead. Once the fuse replaced, it worked like new :
This amp is built like a Republic P-47D Thunderbolt. It gives 160W RMS @8R 400Hz at onset of clipping !
It sounds good, but the bass range is "short", unable of real bass deepness in clean mode. Too bad...
Hadn't thought about that.
Yup. 4x 6L6s. Transformers are among the beefiest in the industry.
I never figured out what Peavey's reasoning was for designing amps with a solid state preamp and tube power amp. Obviously they weren't cheaping out back then, putting big transformers in those things. And preamp tubes were most likely much more reliable than modern stuff.
Remember, Peavey was a big player in music in the '70s. Proven tube circuits made more reliable power than big transistors. High powered transistor circuits still weighed a ton. Do a few reps with an old Crown DC300 some time.
Still goin' strong after all these years...
Alamo built hybrid amps starting around '67 or so. Couple transistors on the front end, tube power amp, done.
Hybrid organs were around for a while.
'70s Peavey SS preamps are pretty trick. The insides of my Artist makes a Tube Screamer look like it's made of twigs and straw. It's too bad circa 1978 Hartley didn't have the benefit of 40 years of SS hindsight.
He does now.
I know the thread is about the Backstage and references made to the Artist but this post gave me the desire to post a pic of my Mace 320T. 6x 6L6's.