Peavey Classic 50 vs 30

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  1. cntry666

    cntry666 Friend of Leo's

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    I had both, kept the 30. It seems to have a better response. I’ve owned the head versions as well. Classic 30 combo wins.
     
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    I had the Delta Blues 1x15 for 20 years...very similar to the Classic 30. Set the clean channel volume knob to 3 or 4, and roll back on your guitar volume...
    And this is on low-res:
     
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    The C30 and DB have master volume, at least the newer ones do.
     
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    I have a classic 30 head and a 212 cab with vintage 30s. No boxy sounds for me. Sometimes I wish I had a 50 212 for the presence and master volume controls but so far I'm not missing them. My 30 is plenty bright. Great amps and not just for cleans either. Lead channel can very much rock.
     
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    I still have my tweed classic 50. Only two [1968 Mullard]
    power tubes, the last of that spendy batch. It has had for 10 years now an Alnico Blue and a G12H-35 circa 2001-2. The original speakers I did not like. It lived for a while @ 49lb with a 115 baffle and a NEO 15/150 Jensen, like a DR with a lot more headroom like that. ;)

    All NOS tubes in the front end. It sounds so very very good! It is 63 lbs. If I was playing out I'd get the 30 and stick a Red Fang in it.

    I have had both a 210 and 115 Delta Blues. The 210 with a 210 cab under it with two alnico 10s as a 410 sounded very very good. Again, the stock 10s alone, bleah. Alnico mix as a 410, suited me fine. More to carry though... The 115 I got with a 15L EV to help make it nice and porky...

    But this Classic 50 it in a different league IMO.

    I digress...
     
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    Here's my dilemma. My neighbor has the Classic 50 212. Probably since he was a young man (70s, 80s?). It's needs to get smacked to work properly and is scratchy and definitely needs a tune up. But he says it makes no sense to drop $200 to tune it up and that he should just dump it and get a new amp. I want him to resurrect it, but is he right? Is that a waste of money? So sad. It's was a meaty sounding amp when it worked well.
    I am tempted to pay for the repair myself because he won't fix it and now he can't play electric.
     
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    One just sold for 300.00 and another for 350.00 here last week. The Classic 30s sell for 375.00-400.00

    So 400.00 for a Classic 50 is a bit higher than local so it must be in excellent shape. The downsides in the sales listings are the "They are loud and heavy."
     
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    I've never owned a Classic 30 but I've used a number of them in supplied backlines. Good working amp, adequate clean headroom, no complaints so far.

    However, my Classic 50 chassis in a custom-made solid pine tweed-covered 2x10 cabinet is just tremendous, and weighs just 44 lbs (20kg). Massive gobbets of clean headroom and no lack of bottom end. With the speakers in it at present, a pair of Celestion G10S-50s, I find that I like the presence control turned up quite a way, but that's what it's there for. The master volume is a very handy feature.

    In fact the one and only disadvantage about that amp of mine is that the weight is a bit down one end, so carrying it by its strap is just a little awkward. If that's my biggest problem, I'm a very lucky boy.
     
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    They have pre and post gain controls on the lead channel. That's not quite the same as a master volume.
     
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    I've owned both. The 30 is fine for small venues w/o a mic. Adequate clean headroom for that.

    The 50 is basically more of it. More speakers, headroom, volume, and weight. It sounds great even at fairly low volumes.

    Unless I need the stage volume, I prefer the 30 due to being easier to haul.
     
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    One thing to be aware of is there are two Peavey amps. The one from the 70s and the Classic versions from the 90s to current times. I believe the 70s version was solid state pre amp with tube power amp. The later versions were all tube pre and power amp.
     
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  12. Tony474

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    Exactly. The C50 has those and a master volume too, that governs both channels.

    One thing I have found is that the so-called "Bright" input on my C50 doesn't actually seem to add any top end as such; it merely cuts the low end, making the sound thinner, which isn't the same thing at all. I don't use it.
     
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    +1
     
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    I my be able to get my hands on a pretty inexpensive C50 2x12.

    I already have a C30, which other than reverb feedback/noise, seems to be a decent amp. I don't even mind the Blue Marvel, although I have two 8 ohm Eminence's, a GB128 & V128 that I want to try.

    Portability issues of the C50 may cause me to clean it up and flip it, or pull the amp out and use as a 2x12 cab, or keep it and use for the occasional outdoor/loud gig. We'll see..
     
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    Maybe a little off-topic, but the Roland-labelled Eminence speaker in my original '90s Blues Cube is actually a rebadged GB128 and, to my ears at least, sounds absolutely tremendous. Just saying...
     
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    I owned a 30 for years, kind of wanted a 50 for a while.

    The question really is this: will you ever have to move this amplifier, anywhere, ever — EVER..? If yes, then get the 30.
     
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    I agree. I found the 30 to be sweeter and more responsive and the 50 to be harder sounding and more sterile.
     
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  18. robt57

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    Nothing loosing the blue marvels does not fix IMO.Hard to get past the weight of it though. I can tell you mine with two Power Tubes [1968 NOS Mullards] and a Blue/G12H30 pair sound pretty damn good. Not quite as good as the Mojave Coyote I once had, but very close for a tone less money with some simple changes.
     
  19. DougM

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    I was talking about the 4x10 Classic 50. I never had or tried the 2x12 version. I think it may have come out later, 'cause I only remember there being the 4x10 one when the Classic 30 first came out.
     
  20. Skip Reid

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    My 1993 Classic 30. I really like it.

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