Background: I had the chance to pick up a VB-2 when GC was closing them out for 400 bucks. With the stock tubes, It was louder cleaner and more present than my YBA-200. The 5year warranty was also a big plus, so I jumped. I a/b'd them repeatedly and a week later I sold the Traynor.
I like the VB-2 alot. I haven't messed with the preamp tubes, but it doesn't seem to be quite as "thick" sounding, or seem to be able to get quite as warm as my former YBA-200, but it get's thick and warm enough, and it is considerably louder. I attribute this to the EL34's but I could be wrong. Tone tends very punchy, but the EQ gives it a fair amount of versatility. The overdrive channel is pretty aggressive. However, I've never felt the need to use the overdrive on an amplifier so I have little to say on that point.
This is a very loud amp. Played through either my former Carvin Redline 8x10 or my present Avatar B10 Ne0, I've never felt that I didn't have enough clean headroom.
One potential issue to watch out for there is at least one board-mounted,f non-removable fuse that can blow if a tube blows. This can result in needing a trip to the shop which is the current state of my amp. It happened after the 5 year warranty. I like it enough to have it repaired when I get some $, but being aware that modifying this amp to have the fuse be user replaceable is worth considering.
Though now discontinued, a used VB-2 is still worth a look if in the market for a mid-powered All-Tube bass amp. The all-tube bass market is still pretty slim and though it was short lived, the VB-2 was a great sounding option that's still worthy of consideration.
- 225 Watts
- Passive and Active
- 2 Parallel Speaker output Jacks
- EQ / Controls:
- -Bright button
-Clean/Gain Channel button
-3 band eq.
-4-position mid switch
- 225 watts of all-tube power from six EL34 pentodes
Clean and overdrive channels with footswitch selection
Custom-designed, oversized power and output transformers
Impedance selector switch for 2, 4 and 8 ohm loads to match any bass cabinet
Two parallel speaker output jacks
Two shielded 12AX7 dual triode preamp tubes
Shielded, 12AT7 cathodyne phase splitter for increased power amplifier dynamics
Ceramic tube sockets
Inputs for passive and active basses
Tuner send jack
Footswitchable mute/tune switch with flashing LED indicator
Three-band active EQ with four-position mid-shift switch
Front-mounted, series effects loop
Resonance and Presence damping controls
Balanced, XLR direct output with ground lift and pre/post EQ switch
- Other Specs:
Backing up the amplifier's tube growl is a 3-band EQ that combines the best attributes of passive and active tone controls. This section includes high and low controls, as well as a mid control with a four-position midrange selector switch that allows you to set the mid-frequency shift at 200, 400, 600 or 800 Hz.
Peavey's patented Resonance and Presence controls, which adjust the damping factor at the low and high ends, respectively, along with a three-way speaker impedance selector, enable you to match the VB-2 to virtually any bass speaker enclosure. A footswitchable mute/tuner circuit and front-panel effects loop give players additional flexibility.