#1
Hey guys,

So, unfortunately, had a bit of a flood in the house, and long story short, out of my amp, 9 pedals, and 7 guitars, thankfully only my amp and 2 pedals were damaged. (not 100% sure on the guitars, but think they'll be fine)

Anyways, for the pedals, I'll just replace my triple wreck since I was really enjoying it, and likely do the same for my OCD, but that's not 100%

What I'm curious would be what to do as far as my amp. It is/was (?) a Peavey Valveking 112, pretty common obviously. Normally, I'd likely just go out and get a new one, but when I was getting my gear tested at the guitar store, the guy said that they're discontinued. He'd mentioned that the nearest option (in the VK family) was the 2x12, which is more money.

So, normally budget would be a common question, and I really don't know. My insurance company said that they'd replace everything with a "similar like, kind, and quality", so I can't go out and drop $5k on a custom rig or anything like that, but I could likely justify going for the 2x12 version, since it's the closest "kind, quality, etc", and the insurance company should cover it.

Aside from the odd electronics problem, I had no issues with the VK112. Served me well enough, and had no complaints with the sound. Would I be well served looking into the 212, or should I look at something else, which would likely be in the $600USD/CDN area? I'd be comfortable getting the $600ish and putting some of my own cash in to cover the difference, but... i did just lose basically all of my stuff in a flood, so not exactly makin' it rain over here haha

TL;DR: Need to replace peavey valveking 112. Budget - it's complicated. Sound - grunge/rock/metal/blues-ish.. ideally something versatile. Use - basement/jamming. no gigging or anything like that, so don't need top shelf stuff, woudl be wasted.
Last edited by QOTSA40 at Oct 4, 2014,
#2
A vk?

Unless the water was more than 10cm high you might argue you don't even need a new speaker.

How can you tell it doesn't work?

Anyway, for that stuff, a 50w high gain jet city combo will do the job.
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#3
Oh sorry about the flooding! That's not cool at all. On the bright side, you can get a new amp...

I've check my local store and they sell the Valveking VK II (newer version) 50W 1x12. It goes for 650$. Also the regular Valveking II (not VK) 1x12 for 600$. Are you sure it is discontinued? I'd check other stores around town.

Personnaly I don't ever want to buy a 2x12 combo again. They are great but those thing are a pain in the *** to carry around. Unless maybe if you leave your amp like 90% of the time at your place. Cab and head are more easy to cary, but it won't fit budget-wise.
#4
Used Peavey ultra, if you put a little of your own money with it you can get a Peavey JSX combo and you'll be set for life.
www.guitarcenter.com/Peavey-Used-Peavey-Ultra-212-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp-110501319-i3915708.gc
or get something like this
www.guitarcenter.com/-i3965349.gc
and
www.guitarcenter.com/Peavey-Used-Peavey-Valve-King-4X12-Slant-Guitar-Cabinet-110239058-i3824658.gc

Your insurance company will give you a check for the amount they asses the value.
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@Spambot_2 - I'd tried playing it after I'd had the dehumidifyers and blowers/fans going for about 6-7 days, and it was pooched. I'd brought it to the guitar store and even the tech there was saying he doubts it'd be damaged, and likely is salvagable. No sooner did he turn it on did he say that yea, it's boned. Even just turning it on, but leaving it on stand-by, it sounded horri-awful.

I was sort of surprised too that they said the VK112 was discontinued, because one of the other stores still lists it on their website, so maybe it's just them that can't get it anymore. Either way, appreciate the replies!
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@Spambot_2 - I'd tried playing it after I'd had the dehumidifyers and blowers/fans going for about 6-7 days, and it was pooched. I'd brought it to the guitar store and even the tech there was saying he doubts it'd be damaged, and likely is salvagable. No sooner did he turn it on did he say that yea, it's boned. Even just turning it on, but leaving it on stand-by, it sounded horri-awful.

I was sort of surprised too that they said the VK112 was discontinued, because one of the other stores still lists it on their website, so maybe it's just them that can't get it anymore. Either way, appreciate the replies!


After you get a new one, pull the old one apart and clean it thoroughly, check all the connections etc. and have a few spare tubes on hand to test with. The fact that it powers up and makes noise tells me it's not very damaged. Your "tech" is a knobhead.
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@Spambot_2 - I'd tried playing it after I'd had the dehumidifyers and blowers/fans going for about 6-7 days, and it was pooched. I'd brought it to the guitar store and even the tech there was saying he doubts it'd be damaged, and likely is salvagable. No sooner did he turn it on did he say that yea, it's boned. Even just turning it on, but leaving it on stand-by, it sounded horri-awful.

I was sort of surprised too that they said the VK112 was discontinued, because one of the other stores still lists it on their website, so maybe it's just them that can't get it anymore. Either way, appreciate the replies!

It may be that the store you visited didn't have them in stock, and the sales guy was just trying to get some more $ out of you then and there by suggesting the 212.
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After you get a new one, pull the old one apart and clean it thoroughly, check all the connections etc. and have a few spare tubes on hand to test with. The fact that it powers up and makes noise tells me it's not very damaged. Your "tech" is a knobhead.

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your tech sounds like he can bias an amp and that's about it
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#9
@Arby911 - unfortunately, I won't actually get the old one back. Since it's getting replaced, the insurance company keeps the "salvage" (the old broken stuff that's being replaced), so that likely won't be a possibility.
#10
can you take cash? i say take cash and upgrade. this is a great time to take a step up.

cant argue against the wampler, but being the OCD is the stereotypical "gotta have it off the rack at guitar center" pedal, i say take this as an opportunity to do some youtubing and pick out something along the same lines, boutique, and UNIQUE
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#11
cash is definitely an option, though it does come with a potential snag.... I'd have to accept the depreciated value, instead of getting the actual cost to replace it in full. I'd curse insurance companies, but... i work for my insurance company, so I'm so torn haha
#12
I think Guitar Center still has the 112 combos in stock. You might also look at Vox or even Carvins.
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only potential issue is that I'm in Canada, so we don't have guitar centers here. I'll definitely check out Vox and Carvins though Pretty much any tube combo in the $600 range I'd be interested in. Probably wouldn't be able to go used though, since I'll need to submit receipts.
#14
Canada, eh?

Well, try sites like Rverb- some of the sellers there will ship internationally. I think this one does:

https://reverb.com/item/137329-peavey-valveking-ii-combo-50#description-tab
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only potential issue is that I'm in Canada, so we don't have guitar centers here. I'll definitely check out Vox and Carvins though Pretty much any tube combo in the $600 range I'd be interested in. Probably wouldn't be able to go used though, since I'll need to submit receipts.

If you live close to the US border you can order from GC and have it shipped to the closest border GC.
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#16
Besides, talk to your claims adjuster- you might be able to work setting out on shipping, especially if what you're trying to replace is cheaper here, or if it is generally cheaper than the alternatives available to you in Canada.

Because "cheaper" is a magic word to insurance companies.
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#17
Guitar Center ships to Canada now as well (think they added Canada late spring-ish) so they may still be an option for you.
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@Arby911 - unfortunately, I won't actually get the old one back. Since it's getting replaced, the insurance company keeps the "salvage" (the old broken stuff that's being replaced), so that likely won't be a possibility.


It's been my experience that you can usually buy or retain the salvage item for a nominal fee, usually 10% of the replacement payout. It's not like the insurance company is in the broken amp business.
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