peavey, orange or marshall?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by skiddyofc, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. Peavey VB-2

    10 vote(s)
  2. Orange AD200 MKIII

    16 vote(s)
  3. Marshall VBA400

    5 vote(s)
  1. skiddyofc


    Mar 14, 2011
    hi so I finally saved enough money to get my first decent head... but i would like some help to choose between the ones Iv been looking at...

    Iv narrowed it down to three heads:
    Peavey VB-2
    Orange AD200 MKIII
    Marshall VBA400

    I'm gonna run it trough a 2x15" and the bass I'm using is a Robin medley (from the 90s, the one where you can split the pickups)

    here is a link to my band so you know the type of music it should fit to:

    anyone who can help or have tried some of these heads?

  2. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    Out of your 3 choices, I would pick Peavey, but just because I am not a Marshall or Orange fan.
  3. hsech

    hsech Work hard. My Social Security needs a raise.

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa
    Not enough choices.
  4. Mr. Foxen

    Mr. Foxen Commercial User

    Jul 24, 2009
    Bristol, UK
    Amp tinkerer at Ampstack
    If you have enough money for an AD200 you have enough for bunches of better amps.
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  5. Grissle


    May 17, 2009
    Looks like you're purposely avoiding Ampeg & Fender. But there's also Traynor, Reeves, Ashdown etc. Do you have specific tone goals?
  6. bassmachine2112


    Mar 23, 2008
  7. christw

    christw Get low!

    May 11, 2008
    Dayton OH
    Is there any particular reason you chose those 3 amps? What's the 2x15 you're running? What's it's rated wattage?

    I didn't particularly like the Orange personally but I've never tried the other two amps. Of the three I'd choose the Marshall-it has twice as much power to keep the low end full and deep, assuming your cab can handle it.
  8. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Yes like a Traynor YBA300
  9. J Posega

    J Posega Cat Dad and Dingwall Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    I was going to splurge on the Orange, but after reading too many 'one-trick pony' reviews, I decided on the Peavey VB-2. I personally love it. It costs about 1/4 as much as either of the other amps you listed.
  10. redhed


    Oct 25, 2009
    Man the Orange AD200 MK3 is a incredible amp, expensive but awesome. Really I would have picked Marshall if it was a Super Bass!
  11. jbl71004


    Jul 28, 2006
    Charleston, WV
    Love my Orange AD200 MK3.
  12. Dominick C.

    Dominick C.

    Jul 2, 2012
    Austin, Tx
    I don't like mean people or mean comments....
    Get a Mesa 400+ and a B7K. Your band will thank you for it later. Your back may hate you... The Mesa will last forever. The b7k will give you a range of tones that will work well for your music and a DI
  13. Dominick C.

    Dominick C.

    Jul 2, 2012
    Austin, Tx
    I don't like mean people or mean comments....
    I'll give a plus one to the REEVES suggestion. Maybe we should also mention HiWattt, a Db750, and Matamp if we are throwing money around. There are a lot of awesome options in this price range. You could get a Monique!!!! With a VMT it is every bit as mean as you could ever want.
  14. SteveV74

    SteveV74 Inactive

    Jul 24, 2012
    Peavey, always Peavey, I love Peavey, for my money (not much) its the best.I have the Tour450, wouldnt trade it for anything, anyone can afford a Peavey....Peavey is the poor mans Peavey.
  15. Not a fan of the VBA400 from a tone perspective or build quality. Move on.
  16. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Out of your choices, I hear great things about the Peavey VB2. That is what i would run with but keep in mind I have no experience with any of your choices.

    I am a GK fan.

    Good Luck!
  17. you should look into a vintage Orange Carrote, they sometimes pop up on CL.
  18. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    I like every amp listed. I'm in the minority by thinking that particular Marshall is a good sounding amp :)

    Listening to the clip you provided I'd be tempted to go with the Peavey, but also agree if you have the dough to throw, the Reeves is so cool. Mesa Strategy might be worth a peek too :)
  19. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012

    That track wins the award for Most Generic Metal Song Ever.

    Reminds me a lot of these guys:

    I've never used the VBA but I use the cabs from that line and they sound phenomenal. If you can find one at a reasonable price jump on it - the whole line is out of production now and the few who use them know what they've got.

    Orange is a killer sound, the only problem is it's the only sound they can make.

    Peavey gets the job done.
  20. Tim1


    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    I own Ampeg, Fender and Orange tube amps. The Orange always puts a smile on my face and always sits nicely in the mix. I like the way it fills in the bottom so well yet still has note definition - plus it is very simple to use and get a great sound. Note that I like a clean tone and while the Orange can do "grind " if you want that, it also has plenty of clean headroom available if you dim the master.