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xCaLeBx1225 11-17-2012 05:07 PM

NAD Peavey Twin-killer
So I do alot of horse trading, went from trading an epiphone sheraton II to an old dirt peavey classic 50 4/10, to this bad boy, A Peavey Ranger 2/12. I like it. 4 6l6's with 4 12ax7's, has a really good rock crunch, and can also get super clean and stay clean. Lots of headroom. This thing sounds very similar to a twin, but with actual legitimate overdrive Channel. Been playing it and loving it, but I got it in a condition of it has 4 new looking nice JJ 12ax7's but the 6l6's are mismatched, 2 groove tubes and 2 sovteks, so after a lot of hot and heavy cranked playing one tube finally gave out (they were old, like OLD old) and I blew my F2A fuse. So new 6l6's are needed (I already have a fuse)....any suggestions for 6l6's? Anyways yay NAD for me. pics later....of it taken apart :devil:

Robbgnarly 11-17-2012 05:15 PM

SED =C= if you can afford them, excelent tubes.

JJ is always worth a shot.

Ippon 11-17-2012 05:23 PM

Pics before it gets dismantled or it's a Twin.

xCaLeBx1225 11-17-2012 05:47 PM

Haha sadly its already dismantled, but you can easily see the head/cab etc when I post pics tonight. I can't wait to hear how it sounds with new tubes considering it sounded decent with old crappy ones. I must say it sounded far better than a twin to my ears (messed with a twin for a month or two, didn't suit my fancy) this peavey ranger may shape up to be a good blues amp, with OD or such thrown in front

Ippon 11-17-2012 05:50 PM

Yea, definitely more versatile in some ways. The Cleans from Rivera Knuckleheads are pretty amazing, if you haven't tried them.

311ZOSOVHJH 11-17-2012 07:20 PM

Peavey Ranger 212?

Never heard of it. Congratz. FYI - you'll need your pics or a clip soon per the rules. Get some pics of the insides while you are in there. Normally I would suggest JJs for tubes but maybe contact Doug at as well. He may have some other ideas. So how is the amp voiced? Like a Fender Twin?

HNAD :cheers:

xCaLeBx1225 11-17-2012 09:19 PM

Pics will be up for sure by 11:30 pm (EST), Just wanted to post while I'm at work, but pics will come very soon!

Yes it's voiced very much like a fender twin. I like the sound of this amp far more than the classic 50 4/10 I traded for it. This amp is like a fender twin, with a distortion that can get deep and throaty, but also gets smooth if needed, just all depends on the pre/post tweaking. Also the clean headroom on this thing is astounding. I can't wait until I get some new tubes, I'm excited about how this thing will sound. The only thing I don't like is the blue marvel speakers could be better (those may get changed soon)

Thanks for the recommendation about dougs tubes, I'll definitely contact him. Pics soon! I promise! It will be of it in pieces though, I have the amp separated from the speaker and cabs, but hey, that means some good inside shots :)

xCaLeBx1225 11-17-2012 11:23 PM

Picture time!

sorry about the quality (just rocking my camera phone sadly) :wavey:

the classic 50 may have been prettier, but sound>looks

stradivari310 11-17-2012 11:50 PM

These old Peaveys are excellent. Definitely get JJ's or winged C's if you can find them.

That said, you might want to take it to a tech for a checkup. The tubes were old, so the caps probably are too.

xCaLeBx1225 11-18-2012 12:02 AM

I'll probably grab some JJ's is what it's looking like. And yeah I agree, I am very impressed by this amp compared to my old classic 50 (2002 model I believe) idk, it just seems far superior in alot of ways to me, otherwise I wouldn't have traded haha. As to taking it to a tech, I'm trying to not spend alot of money on it, if it's needed I'll do it. But I don't see a real reason it needs to go to a tech, at least not for right now.

R45VT 11-18-2012 12:05 AM

Tube depot has a sale on SED winged C's.

Thanks for posting the gut shots!

xCaLeBx1225 11-18-2012 12:16 AM

Cool I'll have to check that sale out. Another question for you guys, is there some specific tubes that are known to be better in a combo? Like less likely to rattle or go micro phonic etc etc.

guitar/bass76 11-18-2012 12:41 AM

I recently picked up a 1983 Peavey Encore 65, (2 12ax7's, 1 12at7 and 2 6L6's). I dropped some Tung-Sol 6L6GC STRs in and I'm pretty happy with them. Do you know if it's straight 6L6's or 6L6GC's? I think the Ranger production began at least 15 years after the Encore but it'd be a pain to find out later you needed GCs.

Congrats on the amp though!

xCaLeBx1225 11-18-2012 12:44 AM

yes they're 6l6gc's, sorry for no specification. Excuse my ignorance, but whats the difference?

guitar/bass76 11-18-2012 12:49 AM

6L6GCs can handle (I think) 500V and 30 watts at the plate, higher than the standard (older) 6L6 (360V and 19 watts) - you can check for a schematic but I think Peavey does in fact run higher plate voltages, so you'd need the GC's.

gregs1020 11-18-2012 01:17 AM

wow congrats! :cheers:

Cathbard 11-18-2012 02:23 AM

I don't think anybody has made any 6L6 tubes other than 6L6GC for about 50 years. You got to go back a long way in history to find 6L6GA or GB tubes. All modern or modernish 6L6's are 6L6GC, doesn't matter what has been written on them, that's what they are.

For 6L6's, I must say this 100 times a month; SED =C= if you can afford them, JJ if you can't.


guitar/bass76 11-18-2012 03:39 AM

Originally Posted by Cathbard
doesn't matter what has been written on them, that's what they are.

Very interesting - probably would have affected my selection when I was buying. Good to know though, for future reference. :cheers:

xCaLeBx1225 11-18-2012 08:33 AM

Are the SED =C= more or less prone to rattle than JJ's?

Cathbard 11-18-2012 09:34 AM

SED =C= tubes were designed to pull 3g in a Mig jet - they don't rattle. They are the best modern production tube that money can buy. But having said that, JJ are the best value for money.

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