#1
Ok, so I'm wondering if I want to get a Peavey XXL head for my next amp. The reason that I want this is because I want the simplicity of maintaining a solid state head. My only question is if I can turn it up the whole way without damaging the head at all. I know if I get a cab with about 300w handling, it won't hurt the speakers, but I want the loudness of a tube amp without the hassle of buying new tubes and finding a professional to install them for me (I'm a 14 year old in a small town). Anyway, if anyone knows the answer, I'd appreciate it if you let me know.
#4
You won't damage it by turning it up all the way, but it will sound like crap. SS clipping is not a pretty thing.

Not that you don't have a good reason to get a SS amp, but with a little bit of knowledge and some basic materials you could do all the tube installation yourself, and with a PTP amp you could fix it yourself if anything went wrong- plus it would sound better.
#5
Well, my only problem with buying a tube amp is that I don't know how to bias tubes. Can anybody tell me how to do that?
#6
Tube matinence is not as complicated as one would have you believe, besides, there are tons of guides online for such things. Besides, if a Tube blows out, you just replace it, if the transistor on a solid state amp blows out, you are screwed. the XXL is 700 dollars USD... if you save a little more, you can get a much better amp for the price.
#8
If you are going Solid State, the XXL is very nice!! A friend of mine liked the tone compared to a 5150. This is one of the good solid state amps out there
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#9
i hate solid state clipping once i got my valveking i hated the sounds that comes from my metal muff or any other distortion pedal just disgusting
#10
Solid states are good for two things; cleans and swindling honest people out of cash. Since you don't plan to play cleans...
#11
Buy a Mesa. They have fixed Bias, so all you need to do is remove old tube, install new tube. Then play.
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