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Old 11-18-2012, 10:59 AM   #21
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i find it really interesting that the preamp tubes are mounted inside the chassis.

they look like they'd be a bitch to change out. are there holes in the chassis to pull them through behind the foam along the top of the tubes?

i swap preamp tubes around a bit to find the ones that sound best to me in different positions so initially that would probably aggravate me a bit. once i found the set up i like best though i'd probably not mess with them unless one failed. (unlikely as hell) so after the initial tinkering i'd be good, but are they easy enough to get out once you remove the chassis?

still a cool amp either way, i'd love to hear clips of it. a twin clean channel with a peavey gain channel is something i'd be all over.

edit: actually looking closer at them i can see that you access them from the back so you wouldn't have to remove the chassis. it's just a trick of the angle of the image, got it. pretty damn cool imo.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:46 AM   #22
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^ yeah, there is a back panel similar to the 5150/6505+

still would drive me crazy though
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:08 PM   #23
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Jesus, those transformers are enormous.

HNAD.
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:30 PM   #24
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I'll upload a clip in probably a week or two (long wait I know, sorry, I'm trying to save up to get the SED =C= plus some 12ax7's plus shipping time) but as soon as possible I'll update with clips. And yes @ gregs thats why I love this amp, it may look ugly, especially compared to the classic 50 4/10 I traded, but twin cleans and the peavey distortion just made it all SO very worth it. It sounds purty, despite its appearance.

Also you remove the 12ax7's by unscrewing a plate on the back (what the foam is mounted to) it's not a big hassle. And it's secure.

edit: Oh and also, yes those transformers, daggone. This suckers weighs in around 95 lbs.....its a back breaker. But worth it.
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:31 PM   #25
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^ they are?

compared to a Valveking maybe.


These are big trannies:

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Old 11-18-2012, 02:20 PM   #26
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I wonder who made the transformers for peavey back then. I agree they are a decent size, the pic i deceiving. That's a big amp.
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:32 PM   #27
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Yeah it definitely is. Doug reccommended I go with this for the retube:

pre-amp tone kit consisting of (and recommended placing):

V1 - Tung 12AX7

V2 - Penta Labs 12AX7

V3 - Penta Labs 12AX7

V4 - Sovtek 12AX7 LPS

Matched with Tung-Sol 7581's.

any comment on this recommendation? Looks good to me, just so long as the 7581's don't rattle
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:05 PM   #28
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^ I love Doug and all but that is a pretty standard rec from him. Those tubes are OK, but they are not what I would do. I personally despise Tung Sol tubes. Too bright. Those Penta Labs 9th Gen are Chinese something or others rebranded (I bought one from Doug). Not a bad tube but there is better. I believe that Sovtek LPS works well in Peavey amps but again.

I would get all JJs and then consider JAN Phillips 5751 in the V4 PI spot.

Maybe get one Tung Sol if you like a bright clean tone.

Can't speak to the 7581's. I guess those are real close to a 6L6? Again - I'd just get JJ 6L6s.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:42 PM   #29
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Hmm they're bright? I specifically said I want a smooth bluesy tone, well back to the JJ idea I suppose
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:18 AM   #30
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It somewhat depends on the amp but yes. I find that Tung Sols are pretty bright. That is a general consensus as well. They are good tubes I just don't gel with them. I don't know anything about your amp or what you play. Doug gave a good rec but I see that recommendation a lot from him so I wonder if he just lots of those tubes laying around

I personally like JJ's and they work for me well in just about every slot. Maybe get a mix of stuff and do some 'tube rolling'
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:28 AM   #31
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Maybe get a mix of stuff and do some 'tube rolling'

+1

different amps and speaker combinations will react differently to tube swaps, what sounds good in one amp may have little affect on another. it's really up to preference.

since you like a softer blues tone i'd be sure to grab a couple jan 5751s for rolling about the preamp along with some JJ 12ax7s.

i'd also consider some different speaker options. i personally like the warehouse ET65s because they work well for a variety of music and don't cost a fortune but speakers are kinda like tubes and it comes down to preference.

my guess is you'd like them too, especially over the stock peavey speakers. stock stuff is decent, but often times it's once you replace them with something good that you realize how much room for improvement there was.

good luck, your amp has me curious about these, it could be a real sleeper out there we don't see that often. the idea of a twin clean and a peavey gain channel is pretty intriguing i won't lie. please do clips if you can.
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:41 AM   #32
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