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Peavey Mark III or IV

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by thebert, Apr 26, 2006.


  1. thebert

    thebert

    Mar 27, 2006
    Anyone play either of these? Thoughts and comments? They seem to be going for real cheap on ebay. I read a lot of good reviews on harmony central and I'm thinking about getting one.
     
  2. Michael Vee

    Michael Vee Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2004
    Knoxville, TN
    I had a Mark IV back in the early 80's.

    The guy I sold it to used his for many years. I don't remember him ever having any problems with it.

    They are solid, unremarkable, SS heads. Big, bulky and heavy for the amount of power they have- what is it, 210 watts at 8 ohms, 300 at 4? Yeah, that's it.

    I did like the range of sounds I could get out of the tone controls plus the graphic eq.

    I might consider buying one for $100-$150 if it still worked okay. Chances are it'd have to have a very thorough pot and jack cleaning, like any older amp.

    Or you could spend a bit more money and get a modern head with a lot more power.

    There's a certain nostalgic vibe to the old 80's Peavey gear- even their current issues of "The Monitor" feature the old stuff. T-40's, Mark bass amps, etc.
     
  3. I had a Mark VIII that was FANTASTIC, ran 600w at 2ohms. Was very big and heavy.
     
  4. rok51

    rok51 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2002
    Crawfordville, FL
    I used a Mark III in the early 80s. It was a good, solid amp. It's more recent descendant (actually descended from the Mark VIII), the Firebass, is available for nearly the same price as a used Mark III or Mark IV(picked one up in very good shape at GC for a friend for $199 a few months ago.) and is much improved both tonewise (IMHO) and features as well as being a significantly more powerful amp. The Firebass and the Max 750 are the same amp with different graphics.

    Kim
     

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