ValveKing 212 review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.3 (107 votes)
Peavey: ValveKing 212
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Purchased from: Yancey's

Sound — 8
I have a Les Paul, Schecter 7-string, Squier Strat, and Epi Strat (with a humbucker instead of the SSS setup). Each guitar has a very different sound but they all come out amazing. I play anywhere from classic rock to metal and all kinds of other stuff and I can get it to work for anything. The amp has great bass response (even in drop A). the clean sounds really good but does start to distort as the volume goes up but I like that dirty clean sound for the mellow parts. there's always a little hum but you can hear it when playing. The bright switch works but I don't usually use it. The reverb it has is great, even better than some pedals I have used. The distortion is sweet and smooth, it's nothing crazy like the XXX or JSX ultra channel, but it is great and can be set to play any style of music. the gain boost button is really useful too. After playing it for a while I noticed that I wouldn't mind if it had a bit more tonal versatility since it's a bit tricky to get the ammount of highs out of it that I like to use (however this is only a problem on the lead channel.

Overall Impression — 10
This is definately a great amp, especially for the low price tag. It sounds great for all the music I play especially metal and hardcore, but also classic rock and blues, you just have to play with the settings. Hopefully I can get a little more distortion out of it when I retube it in a few months. I am very happy with this amp but if it broke or was stolen I would probably buy a more expensive amp like a Krank or mesa (unless the warranty would replace it). there's nothing I hate about the amp but I don't really like the lack of a master volume knob. I love how this amp has a very unique sound (especially how it doesnt't sound like a Marshall or Fender). This would be a great first tube amp because of the price but it would also be great for an experienced player because of it's great sound.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I haven't had it for very long but it always turns on and warms up quickly. The tubes haven't gone out yet (not like I'd expect them to this soon). It feels sturdy and weighs a ton so it feels solid. I've had a few peaveys that have always been good quality outlasting other amps. I don't really gig but I'm sure that tis amp will work perfectly for years.

Features — 8
I bought this amp Brand New from a local, family owned, music shop so the price was great. I must have tried 30 or 40 different amps in my search for a new tube amp. This one had an amazing sound and amazing price. It's not a super high gain amp but the distortion it has is really smooth and sounds great for all the different kinds of music I play. It has 2 channels, clean and lead, and mine came with the Peavey footswitch which is pretty cheap feeling but serves it's purpose without any annoying pop. the effects loop sounds better than running the effects before the amp. This amp is REALLY loud, I love it. 100 tube watts with 2 12s is awesome. The neighbors come out to see what's going on at 3 and get angry at 5. I play in my house and the next house is about 150-200 feet away. There are some things I would have liked to see on this amp: a master volume knob since it only has a volume knob for each channel, a headphone jack, and a metal grille because I would hate to see the screen rip.

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    -Led-Zeppelin-
    -Rock-N'-Roll-, we dont ****ing care about your damn marshalls, incase you havnt noticed, this thread is about the Valve king, not about marshalls being better than valve kings, i can see you as one of those simple-minded ****s who thinks just because something is more expensive its better.
    Dr. A
    You've made your point: You would rather buy a marshall. Anything else?
    AllOpenStrings
    Marshalls have now gone to the gutters with their bullshit mg's. for god's sake this peavey is damn amazing. definitely gig-worthy hands down. The old hand-wired tube marshalls ARE pretty badass, mind you, but now they arent worth even plugging in to. Personally, im a vox kinda guy, to each his own.
    CamaroEric+
    Saofan12 wrote: should i get the 212 or the valveking stack i really cant decide, im gonna need a new amp for practice and small shows
    the 212 is loud enough to do small shows with but if you have the money you might as well go ahead and get the stack. or get the combo and the cab... 6x12 baby
    -Rock-N'-Roll-
    dez_cole wrote: -Rock-N'-Roll- wrote: Marshall's better. and more expensive...
    So better quality.
    -Rock-N'-Roll-
    Ibzman wrote: -Rock-N'-Roll- wrote: Marshall's better. You wish. Marshall is all about the name now. The only Marshalls that are decent are the handwired series and the old ones reissues, and I can tell by playing them. They aren't worth the money.
    You can tell by playing them. That makes sense sings Marshall is to be called the best amp in this world. Everyone uses them and wow I wonder why.Maybe because the Peavey isn't the quality of a good amp. that would die out you.For more money Marshall is worth it. I have one that I got 5 years ago it never has died out.Or my mini it works perfectly. It fell once when someone dropped it and it still worked fine and its almost 2 years old. Marshall's better then this knock off.
    Snader
    It took me a half year to decide which amp to buy, since I am quite demanding. After listening to all the appropriate amps in the local shops, I have purchased this Valve King 212 this weekend. As far as I can say within this amount of time: I do believe this is the right amp for me. It seems really good value for money to me! Although, I do have one small complaint. I have quite some white noise when the reverb is set at a quarter or higher. Could anyone else confirm this for me?
    SWENCE_32
    it takes a lot of work to get the right sound out of this thing. either too much low end or too much high end. but yea this thing is LOUD.
    Capt. Maxzmus
    -Rock-N'-Roll- i had two Marshalls they BOTH DIED on me and i was just practicing with them back stage. I have a FireFly DSP 30 for backstage practice now and it has made a single cracking peep.Valve Kings and 6505+ and the 5150 ROCK ok? END OF DISCUSSION.
    jeowy
    -Rock-N'-Roll- wrote: Everyone uses them and wow I wonder why
    hmm yes, everyone used marshalls, especially: foo fighters (vox and mesa) metallica (mesa) van halen (peavey) radiohead (vox and fender) steve vai (carvin) pantera (randall) incubus (mesa) queen (vox) very few bands with extensive knowledge on amps use marshalls - bands that have been going since the 70s or 80s maybe, marshall still made good amps at a reasonable price then. these days, theyre some of the worst value-for-money amps around.
    Saofan12
    should i get the 212 or the valveking stack i really cant decide, im gonna need a new amp for practice and small shows
    JOEYPWNSU
    i love this amp, my only complaint is that guitar center didnt give me the foot pedal... its a great amp though.
    tr3nt
    I have the 112 model. It's enough to cover anything unless your holding huge gigs. Distortion channel is weak. I have a Boss DS-1 pedal and it sounds sensational.
    Dobzilla
    -Rock-N'-Roll- wrote: Marshall's better.
    That's a bit of an ignorant comment lol. In the price range, I don't think that there are any Marshalls better than that.
    Ibzman
    -Rock-N'-Roll- wrote: Marshall's better.
    You wish. Marshall is all about the name now. The only Marshalls that are decent are the handwired series and the old ones reissues, and I can tell by playing them. They aren't worth the money.
    mfergel
    For those with the channel switching delay problems, head over to the Peavey forum on their website. There is a resistor that you can cut out of the circuit that helps take care of it a bit. Still not perfect but better.
    -Rock-N'-Roll-
    Dobzilla wrote: -Rock-N'-Roll- wrote: Marshall's better. That's a bit of an ignorant comment lol. In the price range, I don't think that there are any Marshalls better than that.
    I'm sorry but if you haven't noticed everyone says their the best peavey is nothing but a waste.