#1
Hoping that maybe you guys could help steer me in a direction here, as I don't have a lot of experience with tube amps. There aren't many other than the typical Guitar Center fare (Line 6, lower end Marshalls, what have you) nearby and I haven't had a lot of free time to make it down to the nearest large city (Los Angeles) to play around.

I currently have a Peavey Valveking 100W head. I got it about five months ago, and I've been fairly satisfied with it thusfar. However, I'm hoping to find a band and begin gigging soon and the Valveking's delay between channel switches is just not doing it for me. So I'm hoping to let this thing go and find a new head within the same general price range (ideally an amp I could trade the Valveking for, plus or minus some money on the side) that will be a better fit for my style of music anyway.

That said, here's what I'm currently playing:
Gibson LP Special or PRS Custom 24
Line 6 DL4, Boss RV-3 and DD-6
Peavey Valveking 100W
Vader 2x12

Here are some influences and the sort of sound I'd like to achieve with the new amp:
Isis
Cult of Luna
Neurosis
Mastodon
Ahab
Tool
Pelican
Karnivool
Opeth


So, short and dirty:
-Currently playing a Gibson LP through a Valveking + Vader 2x12
-Looking for a new amp in the same general price range as the Peavey (I've got about $300 to play with, beyond whatever I can trade the Valveking for)
-Would like to keep this tube (though, I haven't played an Ampeg SS, so I'm all ears for suggestions in this department)
-Would like a head rather than a combo, as I've already got the cab (which I'm pretty keen on keeping) and transportation space is at a premium
-Cleans are reasonably important, though not at the expense of quality gain
-Three channel would be nice, but absolutely not essential
-Needs to be gig-worthy and reliable
-I'm in California, a couple hours outside of Los Angeles, so finding something used shouldn't be a huge hassle

... okay, maybe not so short. But there you go, in a nice tidy list format.

Hope I'm not forgetting anything. If so, just ask. I'm at work, so it's entirely possible my brain isn't operating at full capacity.
#2
JSX if you have the budget. Should be easy to find used.
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#3
From what I can tell, the JSX (while it does sound rather nice) is a bit wide of my price range. Like I said, I'd like something within the vicinity of the Valveking price-wise. I figure I can probably get at least $300 for it, give or take. I've got about $300 to play with on top of that, so I'm a little short of what I've seen the JSX typically going for.
#4
Sell the VK and add to budget.

Footswitch problem is fixable. Check VK Thread.

Used XXX/Ultra/JSX/6505-5150/ etc all get my vote. Here is a bunch of stuff from most recent to oldest:


Peavey 6505+ head $600
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/msg/1332566695.html

Randall RH100 head $225. Meh, sorry. Maybe right?
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/msg/1332380771.html

Carvin x100b stack for $650
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb/msg/1332213498.html

Sovtek MIG 60 combo I think $650
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/msg/1331944468.html

Marshall JCM800 2204 $750 (worth looking)
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/msg/1331959808.html

Mesa Boogie Subway Rocket $550
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/msg/1331663019.html

Mesa Boogie Mark II head $900 (motivation)
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/msg/1331083503.html

Carvin MTS head and cab $600 (checky)
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/msg/1331079306.html

Mesa Boogie Nomad combo $700 (talk down)
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/msg/1330528116.html

Marshall JCM900 50w head $725
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/msg/1330330973.html


good luck
#5
well the footswitch delay is not such a huge problem but looks to me ur just looking for an excuse to get a new amp :P
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#6
It's entirely possible that I'm just GASing. I'm man enough to admit that.

Honestly, I'm just not in love with the amp. The delay issue is an aspect of that, but the amp itself just doesn't really shine in my opinion. I've been more or less satisfied with it, and I've spent a lot of time tweaking it to get closer to the sound I want from it, but I'm ready to move on to something a little nicer and more in-line with what I'm looking for. I didn't do a ton of research before finding a pretty good deal on the Valveking and just going with it, and I'm trying not to make the same mistake this time around.


Thanks for the suggestions, 311 - I'll definitely be checking some of those out.

Looks like I'm going to need to save up a bit more. I have the luxury of time, so I'll probably hold off and pad my budget a bit to get into a little higher-end territory.
Last edited by kylegumby at Aug 20, 2009,
#7
no problem man.

been there done that. I still own my VK combo. Not a bad little amp with some mods.


If you wanted to keep the head I would look into a new Transformer and new tubes. Makre sure you are doing the dummy free tricks and using OD and EQ pedals. If you are not, then you are not getting the most out of it.

I wasn't super familiar with all the bands you listed.

PS: GAS never goes away...Evar.

Edit: use the link in my sig to find gear.
Last edited by 311ZOSOVHJH at Aug 20, 2009,
#8
I haven't done any modding on the VK yet; the tubes even are still stock. The guy I got it from mentioned the dummy jack in the input trick, and that improved the sound quite a bit. Haven't picked up an OD or EQ, so maybe I'll give that a shot before I give up on it completely; those are always good pedals to have lying around, anyway.

I see the Valveking thread, so I'll dig through that and see what I feel comfortable trying. Being my first tube amp, I'm a little apprehensive about undertaking any big projects. But I guess that's what first tube amps are for?

Insofar as a new transformer for the VK is concerned, what would that buy me?

And I did indeed see the link in your sig. Nifty site, that. Definitely an addition to the bookmark collection.
#9
why not save up some extra and get a better amp
like a line 6 spider III valve
or something like that
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