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Peavey Classic 50 (4x10) for harp

PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 1:45 pm
by liquidfire
How many of you have tried the Peavey Classic 50 (4x10) amp for harp? What do you think of it? Likes and dislikes? Compared with the Fender Bassman Reissue?

Re: Peavey Classic 50 (4x10) for harp

PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 2:38 pm
by jeffl
I've got a Classic 30 that I play through, and it's awfully clean...even down-tubed, with AT7s. Is the 50 that clean?

Re: Peavey Classic 50 (4x10) for harp

PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 5:42 pm
by DeFord Harp Slider
The Peavey 50 sounds a lot like the Bassman RIs that were released in the 90s, but even the reissue models need a little tweaking.....Like jeffl mentioned the AT7 tubes, on his 30,and a 50 will probably need a tube rectifier if it doesn't have one already, and can be fitted with one. Also a potentiometer can be installed to adjust the power to the main tubes to dial in the tone at the volumes that you will be playing at. If it is like my Bassman, the best tone comes out at ear splitting volume and these modifications will take care of that and feed back problems as well. The new Reissue Bassman already has these changes, but it is one costly mother.

Re: Peavey Classic 50 (4x10) for harp

PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2009 1:41 pm
by jbone1
maybe 10-12 years ago i tried a classic 50. took it to a pro and he did what he could to make it more harp friendly. the fly in the ointment with that particular amp was the ss rectifier, which he told me couldn't be swapped for a tube. i didn't have the speakers changed out either, and i thinki maybe the one thing that made some difference was swapping a 12azy to a 12au7 in the pre amp. i used an early 80's green bullet or a e-v m43u mic, which are both very hot elements, and i was never able to get any real volume even in a reasonable band.
if you're thinking about buying this amp for harp, my opinion is spend your $$ on something much more harp friendly. sligo amps dot com, steve clark can build a great bassman or deluxe for you, brian purdy has a nice line of harpgear amps, and there are plenty of other options that offer better possibilities for amped harp.
a side note- i also had a peavey delta blues 210 a few years back, which was one of the best out of box amps i'd ever owned. one tube swap and it was basically ready to go. i ran a 4x8 speaker cab with it sometimes and even the 2 10's in it sounded pretty good. plenty of adjustment was possible with 2 volumes, high, mid, low, tremolo. i got plenty of volume with that amp. it had decent enough tone also.

just my 2 cents, good luck!

Re: Peavey Classic 50 (4x10) for harp

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 5:17 am
by harpdude
a side note- i also had a peavey delta blues 210 a few years back, which was one of the best out of box amps i'd ever owned. one tube swap and it was basically ready to go. i ran a 4x8 speaker cab with it sometimes and even the 2 10's in it sounded pretty good. plenty of adjustment was possible with 2 volumes, high, mid, low, tremolo. i got plenty of volume with that amp. it had decent enough tone also.

just my 2 cents, good luck![/quote]

My main amp is also a Delta Blues 210. Built solid, lots of great tones available, and decently priced. I use it for both harp and guitar. Stock speakers , 12AX7's, and EL84's for tubing. Weight is about 35lbs....not too heavy to lug around. Worth looking into anyway.

Re: Peavey Classic 50 (4x10) for harp

PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:09 pm
by jbone1
there's a new delta blues 210 on ebay right now, buy it now for $639.

Re: Peavey Classic 50 (4x10) for harp

PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:14 pm
by bluzlvr
I used to own a Peavey Classic 50 that I used for guitar back in the early 90's.
I was playing both harp and guitar in my band and I was hoping I could use the Peavey for both harp and guitar, but could not seem to get a decent tone out of it for harp. I ended up lugging around the Peavey and a Fender Bassman R.I.