Peavey TNT, I'm dynomite, watch me explode!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Bass V, Jun 22, 2019.

  1. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    looks like I'm getting a free Peavey TNT 115S with a $100 Silvertone bass in the deal. and free delivery.
    that's the explosion part
    so I'm gonna just shut up and play my bass, right? lol
    I'm no TNT specialist, but this version has more 'stuff' on the outside, does that translate to better insides and what quality it will pump back outside, or in this case is less more? just where does this one stack up in the pantheon of Peavey brick ovens?
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  2. It's free and it's a Peavey! If it works, it will continue to do so with traditional Peavey sturdy reliability. Mid-late 1990's era I think. The "stuff" on the outside just gives you more tone-shaping. The innards are still classic Peavey, including the DDT compression. The chorus is nice enough, but not stellar. It can get kind of swooshy noisy at its extremes. The power (150w/rms) is in that "barely enough for a small rock gig" range, IMHO. You'll run out of headroom pretty quick, but the more extensive EQ helps milk the most out of the amp.
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  3. I've got the older TNT150 and I friggin love it! I pretty much got it for free too ($25 Canadian). Its a beast! Its heavy as hell but man it is powerful. It says 150 watts but that's 150 Peavey watts lol I can keep up with both my guitar players and drummer all day long. The sound I love as well. Great mids and the low end is punchy too. Very mid driven and that helps for cutting through. The controls are great, they give you a lot of tonal shaping options but these things sound great as well with just a flat EQ. Nice score

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  4. ezstep


    Nov 25, 2004
    north Louisiana
    Back in the early-to-mid 90's, that was my main gigging amp (w/BW). We had a really nice p.a., so I would set my volume for myself and drummer, and run a line out (1/4", IIRC) to the p.a. Worked very well.
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  5. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    Just in time for the 4th, blow something up! :laugh:
    (Though I dont know if you guys do that like we do on the mainland)

    Or is it a $100 Peavey with a free Silvertone??? :smug:

    TNT? More like T N P my pants! :roflmao:

    Ok, I'll stop now
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2019
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  6. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    lol Hawaii used to be very open with fireworks, a black market paradise, and then it got way out of control for decades until they banned them. now only the few old hardcore neighborhoods still go nuts. kinda cute, but here in Waikiki the Hilton does a beach blast each Friday nite and a surprise now and then. by far the best I ever saw - a pyro company was having their convention in Waikiki and without civic notice put on an extremely excessive show beyond words for a solid hour on a popular beach with high tech pyromania. and the loudest aerials! the whole island was mad cos they could hear it echoing but missed seeing it up close. I otoh had to watch with hose ready to kill any live embers raining down on my vintage wooden yawl... that's my fireworks story lol

    thx, gentlemen, for all the good news! supposedly the bass is fine but the amp makes a feedback noise... so the bass is the sale and the amp is a JUST GET IT OUTTA HERE! kinda thing. you can tell they've both been neglected and there's a chance the noise can be cleaned away easily, it's a common thing in a salty environment. if not, then I've got a new cool looking kitchen table! :)
    everything is black so it's already gonna sound better. I got a cruddy black bent bridge waiting too. chi-ching
    plus I'm a sucker for a cool headstock lol
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  7. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    me, hoping this happens when I plug into some TNT
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  8. I betting the noise noise is probably something as simple as a dirty jack or pot, or maybe even just a bad instrument cable.
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  9. Awesome. Looks like a TNT 115 BW? From the 80's. Enjoy.
  10. Just got back from there. Beautiful place. (sorry for the derail).

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  11. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I'm guessing it's a Sheffield, '90s. but yeah, hopefully just a bit of spray will have it thumpin'.

    the seller won't be coming for another week, ok, never know... something even better might pop up.
  12. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    alrighty then, done deal. the amp has been messed with so it'll need a trip to the tech. heavy little bugga!
    but the bass is the perfect P, like it's been set up and desperately waiting to be played for over a decade of being ignored. comes with a comfy med. size neck / nut width, probably plywood body but lightweight, classic Fender feel and playability, strong G with 0 dead spots so far on a great neck, no real issues, just needs a clean up and basic TLC. got the cockroach that came running out of the jack, that's important. then there's the sound! thank god the encrudded roundwound strings are likely as old as the bass, it oozes the '60s even tho this is no doubt from much later, but it's got old school looks and vintage thump to the max, all Darthly black with a matching swept 2 tone headstock, and a cool factor of 9+ on an 11 scale. how can such cheap trash be considered anything other than awesome basses? yet nobody wanted it... I can't believe this sat for over a month with a free TNT... and delivered! so glad nothing better popped up.
  13. TinIndian

    TinIndian Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2011
    Micco Florida
    My 1st amp was a late 70's TNT100. Had it for 6 or 7 years. Rock solid
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  14. xed


    Dec 8, 2007
    Coastal NC, USA
    Mid 80's teenage bass player. A tnt 150 was the dream amp I never got. 15 year old me had a lust for one of these.
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  15. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    it's by far the heaviest amp I've got.
    luckily we had a handtruck or it would still be sitting by the curb, and I doubt it'd be gone in the morning lol there's got to be some sweetness in this big ol' box, and I heard they excel when you put something in front of them to juice it. so if my neighbor can't fix it then it'll be worth a minor tech tab if I ever need a mini monster again, for now I'm digging this Silvertone P thru my smaller combos, despite some stubborn chrome pitting it cleaned up real nice and is much less scarred than assumed. too bad my crap-o-phone is down, she actually deserves a good pic so I can show her off. even the amp is new looking, too bad I can't pump the P thru this brick house.