Peavey 1516 questions

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by complexprocess, Jan 3, 2005.

  1. There's a somewhat beatup Peavey 1516 at a local shop for $150, which seems to me like a real good price. I should mention that I own a peavey sessionbass head, so 'the peavey sound' isn't going to be a dealbreaker for me. I've got a couple of queries about the 1516:

    I can't imagine any reliable cab selling for TOO much less than $150, is this a pretty fair deal, assuming everything's functionally ok? I don't see enough of these available to make a good guess.

    It's rated for 200 watts, and I've heard the 1516 generally sounds better biamped than full range. How exactly does this work? 200 watts @ 4ohms full range, 100 watts at @ ohms from each channel biamped? That seems pretty logical, but I don't know for sure and I can't find a manual online.

    Now, I'm not looking for the perfect rig or anything. I'm pretty much looking for a cheap increase of speaker area (currently using a 112) until I get out of school in May, at which point I'll be able to work full time and be a little more choosey about my sound. In the meantime, I'll be using the cab to practice with a metal band I'll be joining shorty. Also, for what it's worth, I have a Johnson J-station and the 1516 model generally sounds pretty good to me (with pretty much any amp model.) At least I think that means I won't HATE the sound.

    So, I suppose my final question is, given my situation, and assuming it sounds acceptable, would you drop $150 on one of these?
  2. ESP-LTD


    Sep 9, 2001
    I'd drop $150 on one. I had one for a year or two and it sounded OK. I't's got a 15" Black Widow in a box that's a little too small (common enough) with a pair of 8" Eminence guitar speakers for the top end.

    You can drive it fulll range if you don't have biamp capability (I think it's crossed over at 250hz) and it gets fairly loud for it's size. I would think of it as more hifi than metal, but it should do anything you'd want. The 8's are a lot smoother than a horn tweeter.
  3. farboozle


    Apr 18, 2000
    Fairfax VA
    I owned one for a long time. I actually let it go at less than $150, but I tend to sell gear cheap. It's a nice sounding cab, I used to bi-amp it or run it full range, depending on whether I was running an additional cab.

    If I were you, I'd pick it up.
  4. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    As the recipient of farboozle's old cab, I agree - it's a nice sounding cab. I keep it at my guitarist friend's house along with my old G-K 400RB.

    Well worth $150!
  5. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    I had one several years ago. I used a SWR SS180 head with it. I really liked the clarity of it compared to the other Peavey stuff I had used. $150 sounds too high for that cab. I am sure you should get it for less. Also, the cab is typical Peavey, Bullet proof!!! I traveled to all sorts of shows (about 100) with this little cab and it never failed. They are nice clean and a good deal.
  6. That's all good to hear. Assuming it all works when I try it out I'll try to talk them down a little, but probably take it regardless.

    So am I right in assuming that it's 4 ohms full range, 8 per "side" biamped?

    Thanks for all the quick feedback.
  7. ESP-LTD


    Sep 9, 2001
    I believe it's 4 ohms either way, but I can't guarantee it.
  8. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    I had one in the 80's with a JBL 15 in it...I remember it sounding good.
  9. farboozle


    Apr 18, 2000
    Fairfax VA
    If you are worried about overpowering the cab, I wouldn't be. I threw quite a lot of power at mine when I had it, in both bi-amp and full range. I never heard any problems, and I don't believe Heavy Duty has had any problems with it since then. HD, what do you power it with now?
  10. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I was dragging my old rack along to practice for awhile - I think the Carvin was putting out 600W into the cab. Now it's a moderate 140W (I think) - whatever a GK 400RB will do.

    Never had a problem with it - it may be bulletproof.
  11. Actually, I had thought about trying a 112 on top and just using the 12 and the peavey's 15, without the eights. Mostly, I was just asking out of curiousity.

    Alas, when I went back to the store last night it was gone. Curse my indecisive nature. I should have bought it on impulse.
  12. GeeBeeVee


    Jun 11, 2008
    I may be able to pick one of these up for pretty cheap (well, I think it's a 1516; the guy listed it as having 2 10s). I'd be using it with a Firebass, and I'm a little afraid it'd be kind of wimpy for the amp, ie, I'd be overpowering it.

    Any more thoughts on this cab as a standalone? I'd be using it to gig, running it full range (no bi-amping).
  13. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    I had one of these too for many years, and it was stupid letting it go. I sold mine with a 100w Century head for 275 back in the late 90's.
    It really did sound pretty good and get rather loud for it's cab size, I'd snag it for that.
  14. I've never played one that I like (but the ones ive tried have always been beaten to death).

    Try it out and see if you like it.

    Don't let the price put you off :)

    (heck, I got my peavey 215 for £75, and it's by far the best 215 i've ever played!)
  15. GeeBeeVee


    Jun 11, 2008
    Haha, the cheap price is one of the selling points--I'm broke! I love Peavey for the simple fact that it's cheap and no-fuss. My fear is that it's been beaten to death, as you say, but we'll see. Hopefully I can arrange to try it out.
  16. Ahh...memories! If it's functional, I think this is a great deal. I ran one of these for right around five years, and never had a problem with it. Good luck, and please keep us posted.
  17. GeeBeeVee


    Jun 11, 2008
    I'm looking for loud and relatively small, so that's a good sign.

    I've been looking for just a 115 one of the older, slimmer models (a 115BVX, for instance, won't fit in my trunk). My main concern is that these speakers aren't really rated for the watts I could--potentially--throw at it. Just turn down, I know, but then my main concern is simply being heard.

    Another thing, the cab I'm looking at doesn't have a grill, but rather independent speaker covers, something which others I've seen don't seem to have. Would this be an aftermarket mod, or did Peavey produce 1516 likes this? (Makes me think it may be a later model and therefore in better shape?)
  18. The one thing I'd worry about is that, AFAIK, it's 200W RMs, but is 4-ohms...a good number of amps can push 400W+ at that impedance.
  19. good cabinet.. big and heavy.

    Check the speakers.. they start to degrade after 20 years or so.
  20. GeeBeeVee


    Jun 11, 2008
    200 watts, huh? Looks like the original poster said the same above. For some reason I was thinking it was 400 watts. My amp puts out 475 watts at 4 ohms. That could get hairy after a few beers...