#1
Hi,

I have the chance to buy an old Peavey Classic £30 for £270. I plan on buying a Classic 30 and have been saving for one brand new for £550. But every one loves the chance to saved some money.

The catch here is that it was made in the early 90's. So it is almost as old as me. I am happy to have old gear, as long as I can trust it will last for years (after paying big money for it). I will be gigging with it.

The amp is not all stock though. The speakers have been upgraded and the tubes are new. It looks to be in good condition.

What are every ones thoughts on this?

Does any one have an old Classic 30 that they can pass opinion on?

What parts can be at risk of wearing out or breaking in an old amp?

Thanks for any replies. Jake.
#2
what tubes, what speakers?
I've played several early 90s classic 50s and 30s and they all sounded fine. judge it yourself based on sound and aesthetics. I don't think it's quite "vintage" enough to be worried about caps or other shit.
i mean it's a different story if its been sitting in someones garage for 20 years.

i'm no expert so if someone has another opinion or a better understanding I'll back this down. i base this off experience.

edit: 270 pounds is something like $400. That's more than I'd ever pay for a classic 30, hell it's more than I paid for my Classic 50. I understand prices are higher in England but there may be something else that's more bang for your buck over there, like Laney or Orange.
Last edited by ihartfood at Mar 13, 2013,
#3
I got my Classic new, and it works just great for me. It sounds like if he's already upgraded the speaker, then you're in even better shape buying his.

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Quote by ihartfood

edit: 270 pounds is something like $400. That's more than I'd ever pay for a classic 30, hell it's more than I paid for my Classic 50. I understand prices are higher in England but there may be something else that's more bang for your buck over there, like Laney or Orange.


Peavey's are more expensive here. Including a decent speaker swap and new valves that's a pretty good deal.

TS, those things are meant to be pretty solid. Peavey has a top reputation for making bomb proof products. If it's all working now I'd go for it.
#5
I would hold out for a newer version (with the droopy logo). The old ones had some overheating issues IIRC.
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#8
I bought a pretty old Peavey amp. They're pretty bulletproof to be honest. Loads of people have 80s and 90s Peaveys in their backline set-up.
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Quote by jkielq91
Any more thoughts on this? New this amp is £560. I'd be saving half the price but I dont want it going boom on a gig...


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#12
It's a great amp, and a very good deal when bought second hand. I wouldn't buy a new one over here in the UK though.
For that price, you could buy 2 and have one as backup... or run them stereo.... or get new pickups/tuners.
I say go for it.
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#13
Seems like a good deal to me. Good thing about tube amps is they are relatively simple to repair if something did go wrong. Peavey makes a good product as well so I think you're in good shape
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Quote by Kevin Saale
Seems like a good deal to me. Good thing about tube amps is they are relatively simple to repair if something did go wrong. Peavey makes a good product as well so I think you're in good shape

and affordable to repair?

Buying this will free up cash for me to bring in a guitar as I need another to.
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Quote by jkielq91
and affordable to repair?

Buying this will free up cash for me to bring in a guitar as I need another to.


As long as you don't have a transformer go out on you, yes. For a blown component you're probably talking an hour of shop time (50-60$ USD, dunno about over there) and the cost of the component.
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Quote by jkielq91
and affordable to repair?

Buying this will free up cash for me to bring in a guitar as I need another to.


It costs about £50 to get your power tubes replaced and biased. That's something you will have to do every few years or so with any tube amp, though. I think you really need to stop fretting. At the end of the day, if it's not broken when you bought it, I highly doubt it's just going to suddenly break because of the magic amp fairies or something.
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Quote by eddiehimself
It costs about £50 to get your power tubes replaced and biased. That's something you will have to do every few years or so with any tube amp, though. I think you really need to stop fretting. At the end of the day, if it's not broken when you bought it, I highly doubt it's just going to suddenly break because of the magic amp fairies or something.


ok thanks. I'm just playing it safe.

Every ones responses have been very helpful.

The old design Classic looks a lot cooler than the current design with the droopy logo.
#18
My Classic 30 has been doing pretty well. I've also got one from the 90s, which I got used also, and so far it's been a good and reliable amp. I take it out to practice and live shows almost every week and it hasn't failed me yet. Also, unlike yours, mine is still all stock tubes and speakers. This amp is built. Though, one thing is that if you wanna take it out and transport, because of the open back/unprotected tubes, I have to put it in one of the front or back passenger seat foot areas and can't just stick it in the trunk.
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Quote by EncoreBlade
My Classic 30 has been doing pretty well. I've also got one from the 90s, which I got used also, and so far it's been a good and reliable amp. I take it out to practice and live shows almost every week and it hasn't failed me yet. Also, unlike yours, mine is still all stock tubes and speakers. This amp is built. Though, one thing is that if you wanna take it out and transport, because of the open back/unprotected tubes, I have to put it in one of the front or back passenger seat foot areas and can't just stick it in the trunk.


Can't say I've ever had a problem just lugging it in the boot
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Quote by eddiehimself
Can't say I've ever had a problem just lugging it in the boot


Well, I've never really stuck it in the trunk for fear of it falling or crashing with some of the other things in my trunk while I drive. It's just more of a better safe than sorry type of deals.
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Quote by EncoreBlade
My Classic 30 has been doing pretty well. I've also got one from the 90s, which I got used also, and so far it's been a good and reliable amp. I take it out to practice and live shows almost every week and it hasn't failed me yet. Also, unlike yours, mine is still all stock tubes and speakers. This amp is built. Though, one thing is that if you wanna take it out and transport, because of the open back/unprotected tubes, I have to put it in one of the front or back passenger seat foot areas and can't just stick it in the trunk.

I was thinking of making some kind of adding valve protection like the cage on the new classics.

Does yours seriously have the stock valves are near 20 years?
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Quote by jkielq91
I was thinking of making some kind of adding valve protection like the cage on the new classics.

Does yours seriously have the stock valves are near 20 years?


I was about to do the same too. But yea the tubes in it were all stock, save for one preamp tube which I assumed was put in to replace an old broken preamp tube. Lately I'd been getting some headroom issues so I just ordered a whole new set of JJ tubes off Eurotubes. I already love my amp, so hopefully these new tubes will make me love it even more
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Ernie Ball Jr. Volume
Digitech Hardwire DL-8
TC Electronic Nova Repeater
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Quote by EncoreBlade
I was about to do the same too. But yea the tubes in it were all stock, save for one preamp tube which I assumed was put in to replace an old broken preamp tube. Lately I'd been getting some headroom issues so I just ordered a whole new set of JJ tubes off Eurotubes. I already love my amp, so hopefully these new tubes will make me love it even more


You make a great ad for this amp.

btw I have learnt that it has Watford tubes.