Best Peavey Bass Head?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by mustbampeg, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. mustbampeg


    Feb 27, 2007
    Amarillo, TX
    A few years ago, i had a Peavey Mark VIII bass head and the matching 18 and two 10s cab. Thing sounded like total ass. I could not get a good tone out of that thing. I moved on to Ampeg gear and played 8x10s and tube heads for the next few years, and i really feel that is where 'my' tone is at. Then i had a Peavey Firebass 700 and Eden 4x10xlt and that setup was 'ok'.

    Now, a few years have passed, and i'm curious about what Peavey have offered in the past coupla years. Maybe if there is anything out there that i may need to try? :)
    Have any of you guys/gals owned any Peavey gear that really floored you? Impressed by anything in particular?


  2. K-Funk


    Sep 24, 2007
    Auburn Hills, MI
    The Classic 400 is amazing, if you can find and afford it. I'd get it in blonde tweed if I could. It's actually my dream head; if I ever found one, the old SVT-4 would be out the window in a heartbeat!
  3. Peavey T-Max!!
  4. Nighttrain1127

    Nighttrain1127 Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2004
    Near Worcester MA
    +1 Classic 400 Will do anything you can imagine and still have some power left over.
  5. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    I'm holding out for Peavey's VB-3. Hope it gets here by next spring:


    But I think the 200-watt VB-2 might be shipping now.
  6. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    That said, I think Peavey's had a lot more good bass gear over the decades than they've been given credit for, and the Classics are no exception.
  7. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Do the new Trace Elliot heads count?

    Recent history:

    The "Classic 400" is the Holy Grail of Peavey bass heads.

    The Firebass/Max 700 is generally very well regarded. I am completely in love with my little Max 160.
  8. K-Funk


    Sep 24, 2007
    Auburn Hills, MI
    yeah, honestly I'd give up both my Ampeg and my GK to someone that wanted to trade a good Classic 400......................... man I've got GAS right now......
  9. I love my firebass :) , if i could get a classic 400, i would!
  10. Would'e?


    Mar 27, 2007
    Based on my experience with the combo, I'd say this one.
  11. mattvon


    Jan 22, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    I'm not really qualified to answer this, as it's been 20 years since I played a Peavey bass amp regularly, BUT...

    I'm on my way to pick up THIS:
    after work tonight! :hyper:
  12. Classic 400 FTW!


    I have played a couple new and old SS Peaveys that weren't bad either.
  13. bilson

    bilson Guest

    Oct 3, 2007
    The newer tour series heads are great, I have the 700 watt version.
  14. BbbyBld


    Oct 13, 2005
    Meridian, MS
    Any one I've worked on! :spit: :D
  15. mike_v_s

    mike_v_s Guest

    +1 (in my limited experience).

  16. I have one of these...and it IS a good head! Never tried a 400 to compare.

    I like using this T-Max with anotherpower amp to Bi-amp. Its preamp section is really rich.
  17. mike_v_s

    mike_v_s Guest

    I've never bi-amped (no need to date). I agree on the pre, however. I haven't tried enough of the other Peavey heads to fully crown this one, but for my money and tastes, it was the best head I played in a price range that went up to around $600.

    That stated, I'm sure the 400 is louder.


  18. It is hard to make the rating - I agree...there are so many out there.
    (Miine was $200 - used - but later needed $125 worth of work - and is now all up to par!)

    I have used it with a 1600 watt QSC amp.......

    Muhahahaha! Mucho head room.

    I toy with a 2-15 Peavey cab, a SVT410 HLF, Musicman 1-15 folded horn with JBL and Avatar 1-12 with Kappa Pro. It is a mix-match or solo thing.......

    Its like Garanimals for your Bass!
  19. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Well, I'm still using my MkIV that I bought new in 1983.

    But,like Greenboy, I'm very interested in the VB-3.

    And I keep hoping that someday someone will give me a Classic 400! :D
  20. Best? I don't know, but I may have the rarest. An all-tube VTB 300 from the early 70's.

    Been using it weekly at rehearsal for over a year without incident and the tubes in it are probably older than the two guitarists I play with. BTW, it sounds great.