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Peavey Classic 30 [1993-2004]
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Peavey Classic 30 [1993-2004]

Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Peavey belonging to the Classic series.

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MicMicMan MicMicMan
Publié le 02/01/10 à 06:56
30 watt lamps Class

3 lamps in preamp, 2 channels (clean / distortion with independent volumes) - not on the preamp is 100% all-lamps.
4 lamps in power amplification.
Spring Reverb
3-band EQ (low - medium - high) for the 2 channels clean and distortion
Heavy and bulky, but it's going it's still a 30 watt ...
Button "boost" to gain power and mediums.
A speaker 16 "
Effects loop.
No standby switch

You can connect a speaker impedance 16 ohms
optional footswitch to select channel (clean / distortion) and enable / disable the reverb. Very easy to make home (it is a stereo jack connected to 2 switches "latch", that is, they retain their status after activation)

In the 550 to 650 € new (used it should not be much cheaper, not watching)

For the note on Caracas: 8 / 10. For the price it does the job. Too bad the footswitch is charged in addition (as a result I have made for 5 € ...). Damage to the absence of the standby button, a knob or Presence.

UTILIZATION

No major concern is all very simple, it's an amp for neuneus so it's perfect.
EQ common 2-channel footswitch essential (although not provided enough ...), inefficient.

When connecting the effects loop is a "passthru", there is no mix-off between effects loop or not, it's all or nothing.
Speaking of the effects loop, the preamp output level is quite high and in fact saturate my loopstation volumes repeats group.

The lack of standby requires preheat and cool "old", with all the knobs to 0 and waiting a bit before you play and cut the power.

SOUNDS

- Canal clean: very round, very, very hard. In group I play most often at volume 3 / 12 and EQ (7-9-8) with my Fender Jazzmaster (microphones simple bobinnage from 4 ...), I cover the group ... Unusually for some records I got to 6-7, the sound is a little crunchy with the saturation characteristic of the lamps is not unpleasant but the grain is not as hot as this. The EQ does not drastically change the sound and a little more sensitivity would have been desired. Its very round, however, light years away from any model or any transistor.
It really is a clean I just love.

- Channel distortion: it is "medium", ranging from blues to rock quite incisive, independent typed (Fugazi, Dischord & Co., At the Drive In as well) ... The rendering is excellent with a fuzz, it quickly found an excellent sound "stoner". Caution, do not expect a massive sound and "full" so Marshall, or something metal oriented. Is approached over a thing like vox, much more sharp and incisive, but less well defined, more "solid state" as unfortunately. With a gain on 7 / 12 I play 5 / 12 in volume not to worry about in groups or for a small room sound to it sends more than enough. The EQ allows good shaper but without more, such as for clean ...

- Reverb: very good, not extremely long important, but more than enough to color the sound. Well balanced, not too "surf-rock" but the whole "spring" is alive and well. If you want to play shoegaze was the digital reverb for that.

- The boost: frankly, bof. For a solo, without a booster or EQ pedal input, why not, but otherwise the sound was quickly drowned is not my thing. In addition it is not available on the footswitch so his interest is fairly limited.
I have not tried the amp with an attenuator, or by plugging in a speaker, I might get to talk again.
Incidentally, this is far from evil by plugging in a electro acoustic folk in the clean channel.

OVERALL OPINION

Apart from the absence of standby, a more responsive EQ (or even better: one for each channel? One has the right to dream ...) and a knob presence, the amp does what he asks . Nothing more, certainly ...

The circuit returns to lamps and color very well the tone of the guitar, a volume more than enough to repeat at ease even with a drummer who bangs. The clean is really a nice surprise.
The single speaker is doing well.

Power preamps can be annoying when you can not solve the input impedance of the elements of the effects loop and that's a shame too.

Ultra tough, he does not move (despite the humidity of a room or temperature differences bullshit) as long as you are ready a little attention (basically, do not turn it off to hard and do not transport anyway).
If I had the choice again, I will try anyway to lengthen a little more money for its big brother the Classic 50, the same personality but with everything a little better (2 speakers, knob presence, standby ...) . But it will not matter what happens to iron in the transistor.
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