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13 preamp tubes?!?!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by mellowgerman, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. mellowgerman


    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    I just purchased one of these. Should have it sometime late next week. However I think David in this video is a bit confused when it comes to the preamp... or maybe i'm really getting 13 preamp tubes:eyebrow:
  2. bassplayertom77


    Sep 24, 2008
    It has 6 EL34 power tubes, and two 12AX7 and one 12AT7 preamp tubes.

    If my calculations are correct that's 9.

    That's from Peavey's website But you knew that.
  3. check on the peavey site:

    Tour(TM) VB-2

    • 225 watts into 2, 4 and 8 ohm loads
    • Six EL34 power tubes
    • Two 12AX7 and one 12AT7 preamp tube
    • Ceramic tube sockets
    • Classic-style, EI core, power and output transformers
    • Power and standby switches
    • 2 inputs for high and low output basses
    • Mute switch for silent tuning
    • Buffered, tuner send jack
    • Pre-/post-EQ XLR direct output w/ level control and ground lift
    • Foot-switchable Clean and Crunch channels
    • Channel indicator LEDs
    • Bright switch
    • Patented, 3-band active EQ w/ mid shift points at 200, 400, 600 and 800Hz
    • Front effects loop
    • Post gain control
    • Resonance and Presence controls
  4. mellowgerman


    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    thanks guys, but i already knew all that good stuff. I just thought it was funny when he says there's 13 Preamp tubes. that's the only reason i put it on here
  5. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    What do you expect, Owen Wilson can't tell the difference between 3 and 13. :)
  6. so what's the deal with the 225watts rating anyways? How is that possible? EL34s put out 30w each max. My windsor is rated at 120w w/ 4 EL34s.

    For 400 bucks get a windsor and change the coupling caps. That's what i did. Sounds awesome and loud as hell with an 8x10 and 2x15. Heck get two, still cheaper than one VB-2.
  7. haha he has a bit of a Spiccoli thing goin on too.
  8. mellowgerman


    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    I was thinking Jeff Daniels :)
  9. lowendgenerator


    Mar 26, 2006
    I was thinking that overdrive channel sounded like poop.
  10. BillyB_from_LZ


    Sep 7, 2000
    In Fender terms of the '70s, that tube compliment would equal "12 tube performance" since the 12AX7 and 12AT7 are both dual triode tubes.

    Perhaps David was counting electrolytic caps too...if there are nine tubes and four caps, it might look like 13 tubes to someone who doesn't understand what they're really looking at. EDIT...I guess he was just reading a script ("13 12AX7 preamp tubes")...perhaps written by the marketing department rather than the engineering department...

    I hope the overdrive channel doesn't really sound that awful. I can get a much better overdriven tube amp sound out of my solid-state '70s/'80s Yamaha G100 II guitar amp through a pair of 1x15 cabinets.
  11. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Yeah, but if you watch the video he says (in a stoned voice) "Since it's a tube amp, it has thirteen preamp tubes and six power tubes". :meh:
  12. mellowgerman


    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    when i get it i'll let you guys know how it is. probably just EQed wrong...
  13. Taylor Livingston

    Taylor Livingston Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    Oregon, US
    Owner, Iron Ether Electronics
    I used to have a Carvin Quad-X preamp, which has nine 12ax7s. It was pretty neat.
  14. lowendgenerator


    Mar 26, 2006
    This is true, I doubt Dave had a chance to really play with the amp when they were filming it. Hope it fills that little space in your soul for ya.
  15. God I hope so.
  16. mellowgerman


    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    just got it today and it is beautiful! looks great next to my guild too
    sounds great. excellent tube tone and really loud. my only complaint is, though all the tubes work fine, one of them has a little rattle going on in it. kinda like when you shake a blown lightbulb... but the seller i got it from has got me covered and replacements are already on the way:)
    P.S. don't let david ellefson fool you, the drive channel sounds pretty good with some EQing
  17. bassninja7


    Mar 1, 2008
    Napoleon, OH
    how many tubes, 272372?
  18. Stromrider


    Feb 16, 2008
    CT, USA
    Think you could snap a pic of the inside, or two? I'd like to see how big the transformers are.
  19. mellowgerman


    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    bassninja, that was actually the only real bummer about this amp... only 2 preamp tubes. i was expecting at least 11 more:(

  20. Bassmec


    May 9, 2008
    Ipswich UK
    Proprietor Springvale Studios
    If any of my amps was sounding nasty and fractious like that I would be trying very hard to find out why and I certainly would not be recording it for advertising purposes. I think Peavey should note that designs acheiveing the best growly dirty bass sounds running 6 EL 34's
    had 4 ecc83's where made in a factory employing a maximum of eight
    persons including the cleaner in Southend and closed in 1978 why the hell didn't they just copy the Roost SR 150. They would have sold millions.
    I like the totally unconvinced expression he has shortly after fliping to the gain channel on the video.
    OH why don't you play "peaches" by the "stranglers" mate and convince us all that you have a real HIwatt killer. Like ****!
    Where did they get those transformers they are a complete joke, even
    less well equipped than a new marshall and thats saying something.:spit:

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