Help with Peavey Mark III Combo

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by silentbodit, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. Hello
    My practice amp recently died so I am in the market for a new one. I ran across a 1x15 peavey mark III combo at one of my local shops. 130 watts into a 15" black widow. They are asking 199.99 but i havent been able to find much info online as far as price. The reviews on harmony central were pretty solid though. Does anyone here have any idea if this is a decent deal or any more info/experiance with this combo? :bag:
    Thanks in advance. :D
  2. Old Peavey combos are pretty common. They may not have the "killer tone" some people crave, but they'll work well enough to fill a dance floor. Generally they can be found relatively cheap...I'd say 199 is a little high for a 20+ year old combo. Offer 150 cash, I wouldn't give more than that (but I'm a cheap SOB). This assumes all the knobs are there, nothing's ripped or terribly rusty, all the controls work, no hum or static, etc.

    The main disadvantages of the Peavey combos: they're heavy, and I mean heavy (of course, that means they're almost indestructible). And 130 watts is a tad underpowerd by today's standards--but the secret is don't EQ it with the lows boosted. Let the mids carry through and it'll be fine unless you're playing in a hardcore metal band or competing against two Marshall stacks...
  3. First off thank you for the reply all info is greatly appreciated being it is an older combo. I am planning on using it more for practice. At most with a drummer and one guitarist (my guitarist doesnt have real power yet thankfully) worse comes to worse i have my svt410hlf but that is really heavy so I want something more portable for practice and just use the 4x10 for shows/gigs. Thanks again.
  4. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    It's a good amp. The Mark series of Peavey amps are phenominal and impossible to break. I have one as a backup to my GK, and I use for gigs on the wrong side of town. I woulda paid $100 for it easy, and another 200 for my matching 115 cab. $199 is a reasonable price, offer $150 and try to make a deal. It's a great amp.
  5. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    Probably a decent amp - and I agree with the $150 offer idea(assuming nothing's wrong with it)... I played a Combo 300 for quite awhile, and with another cab it worked for anything I threw at it - and they can be had for $200 to $275 - check one of those out, if you can....

    - georgestrings
  6. I had the same combo and it cut through 2 5150's running almost full tilt, and I was told to turn down :bassist: very good amp. put it with I found to be the best all of sound so far. mark II combo 1x15, peavey 1810 1x18 2x10 with the 18 right at ear height. in a band it was bass player 1 guitarist 0
  7. ras1983


    Dec 28, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    just want to make sure the original poster understands how HEAVY these things are. it would easily be around 90 - 100 lbs.

    and they only have one handle.

    p.s. they are SERIOUSLY heavy.