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New Peavey Cirrus basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MattyN, Nov 29, 2017.


  1. MattyN

    MattyN

    May 26, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    Hey Talkbassers. I haven't posted in a long time. I want to take a moment to say that TB was so helpful to me when I was first putting together my gigging setup. That was a great many years ago but I remain grateful.

    I have a pretty big stable of basses but my late 90's Peavey Cirrus has always been my favorite. I gig with it about 80% of the time. Recently I've gotten the urge to get a second one. I know there are quite a few Cirrus fans in here (at least there used to be) so I wanted to ask about the new Indonesian made ones.

    My gut says to by another older American made one.

    Thoughts?
     
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  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis


    This me on an import five string Tiger Eye Cirrus. It is well put together, but don’t think it has the zing of the American electronics. Compare to an American Cirrus four I used to own:

     
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  3. MattyN

    MattyN

    May 26, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    Thanks! Confirming my instincts. The pretty import tiger eye's are starting to be avail fairly cheap but I'm gonna get a USA version.
     
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  4. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I would still play a few imports if I could because Peavey May have worked out the bugs, but you cannot go wrong with a Mississippi Cirrus.
     
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  5. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    Great videos! Not saying the newer Cirrus doesn't sound good, but
    newer doesn't always mean better! Your videos are proof!
     
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  6. The USA Cirrus preamp PCB was supplied by a Korean firm called Song U Evo. There's no "Made in USA" on the VFL's,hook up wire is Korean.On one of my Cirrus the VFLs are marked Axe 5,now the Axcelerators were "Crafted in" so have import parts. If the VFL's were being imported back in 1994 there's little chance production later got moved to the USA and higher costs. I wouldn't be surprised if all the electrical components, except the Switcraft jack socket,were Korean.

    Help me out fellas, where does "the zing of American electronics" come from :laugh:
     
  7. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I can’t explain it, but my old US Cirrus sounded better than the new imports. Maybe it is the wood, but I just know I can hear the difference in the videos I posted.
     
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  8. If asked all I can honestly say is these all sound like Cirrus to me.
    Cirri.
    I very much doubt I'd be saying any one I tried in a shop would is better but a shop wont take kindly to me changing strings or adjusting pickup heights till it plays it's best.The shop bass is at a disadvange from the get go.

    Course I'm just talking out my hat here as the import Cirrus is still not for sale in Europe.
     

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  9. gwangi

    gwangi Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2009
    Forbidden Valley
    Just curious but did Peavey stop producing the Cirrus bass, doesn't seem like anybody is selling or has these anywhere.
     
  10. @gwangi

    Check eBay,a couple have been listed there for months now. Probably the same sellers have them on Reverb.

    Sweetwater handled the pre-orders then got a small number in stock. When the stock sold they went back to ordering them individually. Early this year SW stopped listing the Cirrus completely.

    No idea where-else might have them. 18 months from release none of the European distributors have ordered any,haven't heard any news from Peavey folks in Australasia or the Far East. Importing one is a no-go.Even if the US dealers were allowed,basses with rosewood boards and bubinga options are up against CITES regs.

    I sometimes wonder if the re-issue actually happened :laugh:
     

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