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Peavey Mark IV Question

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ChinesePizza, Aug 13, 2007.


  1. ChinesePizza

    ChinesePizza

    Feb 14, 2007
    I guy i know is selling the amp with the matching cabinet. I could'nt find any reviews on it, so what are ur guys thoughts about it lookin for a good hard rock, metal amp. Thanks
     
  2. Petebass

    Petebass

    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    It's been a long time, but I used one for a while back in the 90's. It was a hire amp and I remember it being a very solid, reliable amp with a fairly neutral sound. It had enough tone shaping available that I don't think a good rock tone will be a problem.
     
  3. I'd concur with that. They weight a ton though, and you'll only get the full 300 watts from it at 2 ohms. I really like mine, although it seems to be the one in a million that has failed- they're well known for reliability.
     
  4. Some amps go down as the best a company has produced ie the Fender Twin Revereb regardless of what follows later, with Peavey I think that the MKIV takes some beating.
     
  5. rok51

    rok51 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2002
    Crawfordville, FL
    Generally, the classic Peavey designs, of which the Mark IV is a part, are relatively inexpensive to fix when something goes wrong. Their reputation for ruggedness is well-deserved...

    Kim
     
  6. Basshappi

    Basshappi

    Feb 12, 2007
    Tucson,AZ
    I have used one for the last 24 years (bought it new in 1983).

    It has never failed me!

    Not long after I got it I was playing in a hard rock band with 2 guitarists using 50w Marshall half stacks and a drummer on a 13 piece kit!

    I used 2 2x15 cabs running the head at 2ohms = No problem!

    Now days I use a Peavey 410tx for most of my gigs and it does just fine!
     
  7. Colonel_Claypoo

    Colonel_Claypoo Steve Harris nut

    Oct 24, 2007
    Germany
    hey, i was wondering if this head is capable of some kind of overdrive sound?
    well, not overdrive per se but crunch like on the old maiden albums (iron maiden, killers)

    thanks:bassist:
     
  8. Had one for 20 some yers, great amp.
     
  9. Bassenstien

    Bassenstien

    Jun 13, 2006
    Mississippi
    Loud. I personally love the sound. You cant break em if you try. Great amps.
     
  10. Bassenstien

    Bassenstien

    Jun 13, 2006
    Mississippi
    The one I used to use could overdrive quite nice with the pre gain cranked.
     
  11. Bought mine used in '99, and it gets used about 4 hours everyday (teaching), as well as off and on gigging. No issues what-so-ever. Sounds great!

    I would recommend it highly if the price is right.

    ***If you buy it, I can send you a pdf of the owner's manual if you like***
     
  12. Colonel_Claypoo

    Colonel_Claypoo Steve Harris nut

    Oct 24, 2007
    Germany
    thanks guys.

    how much would you pay for one from the 80`s?
    do you think the volume is sufficient for small rehearsal rooms?
     
  13. I gigged mine into a 2x15 and never found lack of power to be a problem.
     
  14. Oh gawd yes!...I've done arena stages with mine.

    I leant it out to The Stampeders a few weeks ago for a show here, he was really impressed by it and didn't need to go higher than 6.
     
  15. Colonel_Claypoo

    Colonel_Claypoo Steve Harris nut

    Oct 24, 2007
    Germany
    ok, nice.

    could somebody tell me exactly if this is a mark IV?

    [​IMG]

    i can't read the bottom left corner of the amp and the switches at the farthest right of the eq section looks different compared to this here:

    [​IMG]
     
  16. The above pic appears to be a Mark III...very similar, but has a few differences

    The lower pic is a IV
     
  17. Colonel_Claypoo

    Colonel_Claypoo Steve Harris nut

    Oct 24, 2007
    Germany
    well, i thought a mark iii looked like this: [​IMG]

    click on the maiden pic to enlarge.
     
  18. Colonel_Claypoo

    Colonel_Claypoo Steve Harris nut

    Oct 24, 2007
    Germany
    yeah you're richt man. thanks!
    my eyes didn't even catch that detail:)

    that's it.

    did you own a mark iii perhaps?

    i'd also guess that there's not much of a difference between this mark ii model and the mark iv?

    thanks!
     
  19. A buddy of mine bought one about a month before I got mine, we were able to compare side by each with the same cab, very similar sound, a little better contouring and tonal control on the IV, but for the most part they were almost the same.

    He got his with a single 18 (BW), I got mine with an 1820 cab, 1-18" (BW) and 2-10" Scorpions, I gutted it the same weekend, and custom made it into 2-10 and 1-18 cabs.

    I just posted this pic in the Peavey thread but it seems fitting to put it here, sorry for the big pic.

    [​IMG]
     

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