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Peavey Mark VIII or T-Max?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by mleubanks1964, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. mleubanks1964


    Jan 20, 2013
    Hi everyone, trying to decide on either of these...the ones I'm looking at are in good condition. Both are priced the same and I'm looking for a dependable head to gig with.

  2. arai


    Jul 16, 2007
    I would go for the T-Max myself because of the foot switchable channel select. I'm sure they would both be dependable.
  3. Randy S

    Randy S

    Jul 7, 2008
    Western WA
    Recently sold a MKIII from mid 90's that never let me down once. Heavy, but reliable as a tank. Don't have any experience with the T-Max.
  4. LowEZ

    LowEZ Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2011
    Central NJ
    They both put out about the same amount of power, but IMHO, the T-Max sounds a lot better. The T-Max is a great amp, one of Peavey's best. You also get a tube preamp and a rack mountable format. No contest.
  5. mleubanks1964


    Jan 20, 2013
    Ok,now add one of these in the decision mix......this one or the Peavey?
  6. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    a bandmate had a Tmax that i remember sounding pretty damn good for grindy rock bass. heavy, though.

    the PF has a bit more power (500@4 instead of the Tmax's 400@4) and is a lot more compact, but the peavey's old-school and bulletproof USA construction appeals here.
  7. TwinBass


    Oct 5, 2007
    Spokane, WA
    I've got a T-Max head. I love it. It's been 100% reliable since I got it back in '98 or so. It's heavy, but in a 4 space rack case it's not so bad. It's had plenty of power for all of my needs and some to spare.

    I've not played with the Mark VIII, but I had one of the other mark heads (I can't remember if I had a Mk III or Mk IV). It was a fine sounding head, but I felt the T-Max was a definite upgrade.
  8. LowEZ

    LowEZ Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2011
    Central NJ
    Search this forum regarding the reliability of the PF500 before you make a decision.
  9. arai


    Jul 16, 2007