#1
Hi,

I have a Peavey Rockmaster tube preamp for early 90s. Currently using it on a Marshall Valvestate fx loop. What's the best way to run this? I'm looking into power amps, but it's pricey.

Does anyone have any thoughts on what's the best solid state amp to run tube preamps?

Thanks.
#2
The Crate Powerblock can be found really cheap and will do the simple SS power amp thing well.
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#3
I was going to run a Mesa/Boogie Studio Preamp with a SS power amp once, then I decided that it was a bad idea.
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#4
Go from the 1 volt pre-amp out on the Peavey into the effects return on the Marshall.
#5
You might wanna use a tube poweramp instead. Most SS poweramps won't be better than your Valvestate's poweramp.
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#6
Nothing in the send? I have had it send/return so far. I tried your suggestion - it's a more cutting, brighter tone.

Would the tone be radically different if I went into a tube combo, such as a Laney AOR instead of the Marshall?

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Go from the 1 volt pre-amp out on the Peavey into the effects return on the Marshall.
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Nothing in the send? I have had it send/return so far. I tried your suggestion - it's a more cutting, brighter tone.

Would the tone be radically different if I went into a tube combo, such as a Laney AOR instead of the Marshall?


Maybe not RADICALLY different, but you'll get tube break-up and stuff, so it'll certainly sound different.
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#8
How much are you willing to spend. You can have a nice Carvin TS100 tube power amp for $550 new. You can find them pretty cheap if you're willing to go used.
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That's what Kurt Cobain did at most shows from 1991 on, and it sounded pretty freakin amazing.
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#10
About that much. I may consider opting for power amp/speaker set up, but I really know squat about that route. Can you recommend some other power amps for an 80s metal vibe to suit the Rockmaster?

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How much are you willing to spend. You can have a nice Carvin TS100 tube power amp for $550 new. You can find them pretty cheap if you're willing to go used.
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About that much. I may consider opting for power amp/speaker set up, but I really know squat about that route. Can you recommend some other power amps for an 80s metal vibe to suit the Rockmaster?

I use a Carvin FET400 and it works pretty good, and is incredibly loud with my 2x12 cab. It's SS, but with '80s metal you'll want a pretty transparent power section anyway since the distortion you want's going to be in the preamp.
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#12
That's right - my desire is to enhance the gain on the Rockmaster, not use amp distortion. Would a super clean SS like a Roland JC suit this purpose?

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I use a Carvin FET400 and it works pretty good, and is incredibly loud with my 2x12 cab. It's SS, but with '80s metal you'll want a pretty transparent power section anyway since the distortion you want's going to be in the preamp.
#13
Well people have done it before and done well with that, but even the JC still has little bit of color in its tone- if you don't mind that, then it'll be fine. But if you want all of your tone to be from the Rockmaster, then I suggest a dedicated SS power amp.
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#14
Thanks, one final thing - got any experience with the Alesis RA-100?

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Well people have done it before and done well with that, but even the JC still has little bit of color in its tone- if you don't mind that, then it'll be fine. But if you want all of your tone to be from the Rockmaster, then I suggest a dedicated SS power amp.
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Nothing in the send? I have had it send/return so far. I tried your suggestion - it's a more cutting, brighter tone.

Would the tone be radically different if I went into a tube combo, such as a Laney AOR instead of the Marshall?


Nope. Nothing to the send.

It's probably brighter because with the Peavey going into the return, the signal bypassed everything in the Marshall pre-section - so the Marshall isn't coloring it's tone. You're only using it's power secton at that point.