#1
Hey, I am probably buying a used Peavey Valveking 212 tomorrow and I wanted to know what to look out for when buying a used tube amp. What should I look for to ensure it's so called "mint condition"? And do you think that 450 (canadian) is a good price for this amp 1 year old?
Thanks in advance
#2
Sounds like a good price to me. I would just check all of the knobs and switches to see if they're sturdy or scratchy, take a look at the tubes and in the back just to see if anything looks out of the ordinary or just not right.

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Quote by Levi79
Hey, I am probably buying a used Peavey Valveking 212 tomorrow and I wanted to know what to look out for when buying a used tube amp. What should I look for to ensure it's so called "mint condition"? And do you think that 450 (canadian) is a good price for this amp 1 year old?
Thanks in advance



Judging by that sig you surely don't want a valveking do you ?
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#4
Quote by ChuggyMcBr00tlz
Judging by that sig you surely don't want a valveking do you ?

Throw in an OD pedal and he should be ok.
#6
dude i play a Vk 212 its amazing and for that price i would say go get it. look out for signes of excessive tube wear and tare. ask how often the guy replaces the tubes, look at all the wires and power cords make sure there are no frayed wires. make sure both speakers are working. litttle things like knobs are a good way too tell if the thing has been beat to hell if the guy has the origional paper work and owners manual then he probably takes great care of his amp. check the cloth on the outside for water damage and look at the corners of the amp to see if any of the screws are rusted. good luck bro you wont be disapointed with this amp trust me...
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#7
Yeah a VK is probably not your best bet if you play those bands. Have you ever played a VK prior to going to see this one tomorrow? I'm sure you could find a much better amp that would suit your needs.

Anyway, what to look out for. First check out the back of the amp to make sure everything appears to be in working order. Then turn on the amp, and play on all of the different channels. Use EVERY knob and switch to make sure they turn and work okay. If it comes with a footswitch, use all of the switches on it as well. If everything is working and you like the amp then you're all set.
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Why not?



I'm just saying you like high gain and that will get you to the point where yea... it's good, and i can hit it with a pedal. but at the end of the day your gonna get to a point where you wish you had that all tube high gain for heavy jams. Honestly you have better options especially on the used market.

It's all about your foundation and the amp is it.

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Last edited by ChuggyMcBr00tlz at Jan 10, 2010,
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Quote by ChuggyMcBr00tlz
I'm just saying you like high gain and that will get you to the point where yea... it's good, and i can hit it with a pedal. but at the end of the day your gonna get to a point where you wish you had that all tube high gain for heavy jams. Honestly you have better options especially on the used market.

It's all about your foundation and the amp is it.

emgs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7uLt6i9TkM
Keep in mind he got some emgs in there.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfwm27ZiaY8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWLn239IAvM&feature=related <-- DIS ONES GREAT WATCH THE WHOLE THING. Funny ending.

I would totally go for a 6505 if i had the cash, but this is my first real amp and I think it will do me just fine, and if i want a higher gain in the future i have no problem reselling it.
#11
If it's your first amp then you can get away with an OD pedal in front of it, just be prepared to upgrade sometime in the future.
#12
Quote by Levi79
I would totally go for a 6505 if i had the cash, but this is my first real amp and I think it will do me just fine, and if i want a higher gain in the future i have no problem reselling it.



Just speaking from experience. I am sure you can earn and saving more money ? you can those two amps for 400-700 bucks if you look. They are dime a dozen used.

Not saying those your best choices but i would look around at things more suited to your genre. It helps with getting the mojo out.

I dunno my 2 cents.
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6262 > 6505 IMO
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#14
the valveking should be OK with a decent OD and/or EQ pedal. Other mods like a speaker swap, tube swap, etc. could be an idea later on if you keep it long enough...

as far as buying a used amp...

-i always turn it on first...let it warm up for a few minutes (talk to the seller while its doing so, get the background on the amp)

-take YOUR guitar to play it with

-try all the knobs

-check tubes (make sure all tubes are glowing the same intensity, not red-plating)