Peavey Mark VIII or T-Max?

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by mleubanks1964, Jan 20, 2013.


  1. mleubanks1964

    mleubanks1964

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    Hi everyone, trying to decide on either of these...the ones I'm looking at are in good condition. Both are priced the same and I'm looking for a dependable head to gig with.

    Thanks,
    Micah
  2. arai

    arai

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    I would go for the T-Max myself because of the foot switchable channel select. I'm sure they would both be dependable.
  3. Randy S

    Randy S

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    Recently sold a MKIII from mid 90's that never let me down once. Heavy, but reliable as a tank. Don't have any experience with the T-Max.
  4. LowEZ

    LowEZ Supporting Member

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    They both put out about the same amount of power, but IMHO, the T-Max sounds a lot better. The T-Max is a great amp, one of Peavey's best. You also get a tube preamp and a rack mountable format. No contest.
  5. mleubanks1964

    mleubanks1964

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    Ok,now add one of these in the decision mix......this one or the Peavey?
  6. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    a bandmate had a Tmax that i remember sounding pretty damn good for grindy rock bass. heavy, though.

    the PF has a bit more power (500@4 instead of the Tmax's 400@4) and is a lot more compact, but the peavey's old-school and bulletproof USA construction appeals here.
  7. TwinBass

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    I've got a T-Max head. I love it. It's been 100% reliable since I got it back in '98 or so. It's heavy, but in a 4 space rack case it's not so bad. It's had plenty of power for all of my needs and some to spare.

    I've not played with the Mark VIII, but I had one of the other mark heads (I can't remember if I had a Mk III or Mk IV). It was a fine sounding head, but I felt the T-Max was a definite upgrade.
  8. LowEZ

    LowEZ Supporting Member

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    Search this forum regarding the reliability of the PF500 before you make a decision.
  9. mleubanks1964

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  10. arai

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