#1
I just bought the old style Peavey C30 which I love... I'm debating whether I should sell my old beginner (Crate) amp or not. It would be a fine backup, but do you think I would need it? Do amps ever just crap out randomly? It's got brand new tubes.
#5
Peaveys are bult like tanks (and churches). They have one of the best reputations in the business when it comes to quality and durability, and I've never had a problem with mine. You can take the things to Hell and back and you'll die before they do.


But that's just my opinion.
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#6
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My VK has never broken down, nor have any of my other Peavey amps. Built like churches.

So in the early 90's they weren't protected?
#9
Peaveys in general, except maybe for the little Rage practice amps and such, are built like freaking tanks, so you should have no worries there at all.
I could probably drop my JSX from 3 stories and it would still work and sound awesome.

I do not, however, recommend dropping your amp from 3 stories.
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#10
Quote by izzymcfizzy
Peaveys in general, except maybe for the little Rage practice amps and such, are built like freaking tanks, so you should have no worries there at all.
I could probably drop my JSX from 3 stories and it would still work and sound awesome.

I do not, however, recommend dropping your amp from 3 stories.



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#11
You could just about dunk my 6505 in water and it would still work. The thing is a tank.
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#12
Peaveys for the most parts are tanks.
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#13
I actually heard that they built peaveys from broken down tanks. and the tubes are the shells of anti aircraft missiles....ok that was a serious stretch. But mine are still goin, both the head and the cab
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#15
A buddy of mine plays bass through a Peavey TNT when playing small gigs. They were on the way to a bar they were playing one night and when they went over a bump in the road the tailgate of the truck fell open and the amp hit the road doing about 35 miles an hour. The amp was scuffed up and a big chunk of the tolex was ripped but otherwise looked OK. Not having an idea as to the integretity of the circuits they went to the gig, he plugged in the amp, the light came on and he played through it that night.
#16
Aside from the Chinese Valvekings I have not heard of any major issues. I didn't think the cabs on the Windsors were well done, but that is a minor thing.
#18
The Peavey VK's are built well, But they can catch fire. It's got something to do with a wire rubbing against something IIRC.
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#21
Quote by Moe.
The Peavey VK's are built well, But they can catch fire. It's got something to do with a wire rubbing against something IIRC.


Yeah, I'll let you know when my VK explodes. you'll be waiting a long time though, It's never even offered to give me a problem.
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#22
Quote by classicrocker01
Yeah, I'll let you know when my VK explodes. you'll be waiting a long time though, It's never even offered to give me a problem.


Oh yeah, because every VK is bound to catch on fire.
Signatures are overrated.
#23
Although your amp probably wont break down, I find it nice to have a backup in case you somehow cant use the peavey. But, you can sell the crate for cash to buy an OD for the C30 for added versatility/gain boost.
#24
Quote by Moe.
Oh yeah, because every VK is bound to catch on fire.


That's what I'm saying, I just didn't want anyone to be mislead thinking that this was at all common. Maybe I've been in the pit too long to think people would think that. anyways
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#25
Quote by classicrocker01
That's what I'm saying, I just didn't want anyone to be mislead thinking that this was at all common. Maybe I've been in the pit too long to think people would think that. anyways


TBH It is common. Just not bugera common.
I've read 4 reports of VK's catching on fire.
Signatures are overrated.
#27
Quote by Moe.
TBH It is common. Just not bugera common.
I've read 4 reports of VK's catching on fire.

Although when you consider how popular VK's are, 4 is an extremely small pecentage.
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#28
TS, the Classic 30 is VERY rugged, but if it's the old style and you're gigging, invest in a tube guard!
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#29
My 5150 combo is in excellent working condition, it's 11 years old, and I believe it still has the stock tubes.....it's a beastly and rugged amp, the previous owner HARDLY played it, and when I mean hardly I mean the last time hayley's comet was seen, not really but you guys know what I mean
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#30
Quote by classicrocker01
Although when you consider how popular VK's are, 4 is an extremely small pecentage.


True.
I still don't really appreciate the VK's existence though.
Signatures are overrated.
#32
I had heard that early on there were reliability issues with VKs but I think most of them have been addressed. For example, I don't think they had Tube Gaurds on them when they first came out. They do now. I would be curious to read those articles on things catching on fire so if anyone can post or send to me that would appreciated.
#33
Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
I had heard that early on there were reliability issues with VKs but I think most of them have been addressed. For example, I don't think they had Tube Gaurds on them when they first came out. They do now. I would be curious to read those articles on things catching on fire so if anyone can post or send to me that would appreciated.



yeah, I got mine right when they came out and it didn't have atube guard, but I got one shipped to me free. So cool.
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#34
I've read of a few issues of the physical construction of the amps. Once I heard filter caps. Heard the fire story once or twice. Sell a lot or not, you hear of a LOT of issues, though I have not heard many as of late.
#35
I have a Peavey Classic 20 which is sort of the little brother to the Classic 30. For a 15 watt tube amp it's very heavy and built tough. The cabinet wood is thick and sturdy and the tweed covering seems to be a tough high grade. The switches, jacks, all the hardware are thick steel. Even the circuit board and components inside the amp chassis looks heavy duty.

My amp did explode a capacitor and a couple resistors a while back but Peavey repair fixed it and put new power tubes in for less than $50. They were polite and helpful on the phone too, which seems to be less common in these days of outsourced "customer service".
#36
Any amp is susceptible to failure, theres multiple reports for any amp made to date. Bogners are known to crash and burn as well. Soldano even makes a military spec model if you have the cash and want to make sure it doesnt break down and even then it comes with a warranty which goes to show you not every amp is perfect...

Moral of the story all amps fail from time to time if you only heard of 4 storys out of the thousands shipped off then its really not that big a deal. Now if 40 blow up then we have an issue.