Peavey ValveKing Royal 8
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Peavey ValveKing Royal 8

ValveKing Royal 8, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Peavey in the ValveKing series.

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syle10/13/2008

syle's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Peavey ValveKing Royal 8
- Amplification All Tube (12AX7 EL84 +)
- 5 watts RMS
- 2 instrument inputs, a headphone jack (which may act as a Line Out)
- Gain 1, 1 Master, 1 Tone

UTILIZATION

The configuration could not be simpler: it is that of any single channel amp.
For a clear, allowed the gain to a low value and it mounts the Master, and the opposite to saturate the sound.
This amp is extremely easy to use: it will spend his time playing and not to settle!
In the spirit "plug and play"

SOUNDS

This amp will be reserved for clean sounds, because even gain in depth, you achieve nothing more than a crunch. It is not suitable for lovers of saturax, unless of course to plug a pedal properly.
The clean sounds are pretty slap, but desperately short of brilliance, even when the knob rises Tone (knob that acts more like a damper than an equalizer).
The dynamic is very disappointing, less than that offer a lot of amps 15 watt transistors.
The crunch sounds are surprisingly dirty. It sounds really dirty ... And even gain knob at the bottom, you get nothing more than dirty crunch. No frank saturation. For me, this amp is not usable beyond the third of the race of winning. So, to be reserved for clean sounds. Otherwise, still no dynamic, no harmonic ... No glop ...

For cons, the surprise is that fishing gives this little 5 watts. Of course, we can not play in a group with, but it's enough to take off the wallpaper in his room. Ca deposits! Nothing like a "mini-amp travel!"

OVERALL OPINION

I do not own this amp. I was considering buying it, but I changed my mind after a full trial.
I do not like ...
I can not find anywhere the benefits of the lamps on this amp. No gloss, no e dynamics, crunches unusable and no real saturation ... The sound is still very dull and seems to come from the depths of a tunnel ... I was extremely disappointed ...
If I had not known that there are lights inside, I thought I was playing on a 15 watt transistors amppli low-end ...
In short, I find some great little 15 watt amps like the Vox DA5 or Hughes & Kettner Edition Blue 15R sounded downright better in all areas. And fills the paradox, they sound more "lights" that Royal 8 ...
In the register of small tube amp apartment, I find that the Epiphone Valve Junior is a better choice BIOEN. It certainly does not have a volume knob, but the tone of the Royal 8 is inefficient and crunch sounds that are too dirty to be used ...
Remains a positive doisde I recognize this amp: the potato. It sounds bad, but it sounds hard!

EDIT: I've heard repeatedly that the major weakness of this amp is its HP. Surprising, given that it is a Weber not really low-end.
I've had in the meantime the opportunity to play on a model which HP had been replaced by an Eminence, and I will not repeat my position. The sound of the lights, that's not it!
It does not sound.
There are small amplifiers cheaper transistors that sound much better for less.