- Amps [BG]
|lowendblues ||02-09-2013 09:01 PM |
Peavey MAX 115 300 Watt 1x15" Bass Combo Amp
Looking for a good sounding, punchy, non "farting" combo amp for medium club gigs. I generally use a pick, but can hold my own with aggressive finger style as well.
Any good feedback for the new 300 watt Peavey Max 115? Looks to be a decent amp for the price point. Any idea what speaker might come stock?
I'll be using a Tech 21 VT for tone shaping.
|lowendblues ||02-10-2013 06:21 AM |
|Ibanez Bassist ||02-10-2013 06:34 AM |
I haven't played the Max 115 but I do have the Tour TKO by Peavey and its pretty incredible, very loud and strong little combo amp.. and some nice features..
|Matt Novosedlik ||02-10-2013 06:36 AM |
I know I had the 50 watt max 115, the amp was really punchy and clean but again that was a 50 watt version, I use to crank it up and it was very ample with a a guitarist and still didnt distort, I have only ever used 15" speakers on my performance amps cause I have always been on a budget lol! I /had great experience with my max 115 50 watt for sound quality and over all quality and I like Peavey amps altogether! The 115 had what they called a heavy duty woofer, and thats what there saying for the new 300 watt version, you just need to play it and see if its for you I loved mine and never would have sold it if it were 2 or 300 watts!
|lowendblues ||02-10-2013 06:40 AM |
Yeah, I've had alot of old school peavey stuff, they used to really deliver for the working musician on a budget.
Its hard to find info on the new stuff though. I really like the look of this combo, they say the cab is tuned and ported, but I cant see any visable ports. I dont really want a sealed cab.
|Matt Novosedlik ||02-10-2013 08:54 AM |
I actually dont see any ports either I know that my 50-60 watt (what ever) original max had the hypervent ports it was great I do prefer them, I know a gigs music near by has the new max model ill stop by after work this week and check out the cab for ports!
|Matt Novosedlik ||02-16-2013 07:44 PM |
Just so you know I did stop by the music shop that is carrying the new max 115 and we combed it for ports and nothing but still bang for your buck $300 for 300 watts theres also the tnt 400 watt bass amp for $450 CND as well just food for thought!
|bryan gibson ||02-21-2013 04:01 PM |
Played one yesterday for half an hour or so at GC. I really wanted to like it, but couldn't bond with it. It looks good, has good specs, good price point.....and I couldn't get a tone I liked out of it at a usable volume. Maybe it was just a bad one, I dunno, but it rattled and buzzed pretty badly whenever it got to a usable volume level. I tried every conceivable EQ/pushbutton variation, 4 and 5 string basses, etc, and it still couldn't keep up with a cheapo Crate 112 50w practice rig. The one I played (with EQ set "flat") was very heavy in the upper mids and any attempts to boost the lows/low mids resulted in heavy farting and mud. The Hartke 100w 115 absolutely killed it, but then again it runs $399. The newer GK MB 115 is really the Cat's a$$ but runs $449. My suggestion? Watch MF online for a used/return/scratch 'n dent GK or Hartke, or pick up an older TNT/TKO/Tour 300 and run a nice preamp to warm it up. As usual, YMMV, IMHO, FWIW, blahblahblah....
|Phlipper ||02-21-2013 05:16 PM |
I really like it. Got to play the 115 version. I thought it had pretty decent low end at gig volume for such a small footprint. Nice punchy tone, too. I decided to build a big rig first, though (PV Max 700 and two Avatar B212s), but will look at the Max IIs again if I need something smaller and more portable. Unless you were playing in a metal band, the 115 seemed loud enough to gig small rooms unmic'd. Never heard it farting out when I played it cranked with an active SR370M, nor with a passive US Jazz bass, and an older Yamaha RB.
|BbbyBld ||02-21-2013 10:45 PM |
The Max's have shelf ports. The chassis and speaker baffle form the mouth of the port at the top of the amp. It fires down in front of the speaker.
|bryan gibson ||02-22-2013 07:07 AM |
The one I played was a floor model at GC, so it's entirely possible that some idiot jacked up the speaker while wanking away. I'll try another one at a different shop and see if it does better. Can't beat the price/power/footprint/weight combination if the rattle is gone. I'd definitely like to have something similiar-midway between my big stack and my little practice room combo.
|bryan gibson ||02-26-2013 05:13 PM |
Just so's you don't think I'm intentionally bashing Peavey just for giggles....
I hit another shop today and got to spend some quality time with new TNT. Wow, just wow:) No comparison whatsoever to the Max 115 or the old TNT I had as "supplied backline" last weekend. This thing sounds just like it looks-thick, fat, deep, and heavy, and I mean that in a good way. I'm not sure about the logistics of the kickback cutaway part, but otherwise this rates a 9.5 out of 10- especially for under five Benjamins. Methinks I'll try to grab one as soon as I get thru tax season and all that mess.
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