Peavey Tour 700 Amp / 410 cab (advice needed)

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by DoubleD, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. DoubleD


    Jul 23, 2009
    Southern Indiana
    So, as I posted in an earlier thread ( ), I've been wanting to get a new combo amp to practice with. I was wanting to stay around $500. I checked out some Fender Rumble combo amps and some Peavey combo amps today. The peavey didn't sound bad but was underpowered for my needs.

    I then asked to try out the Peavey Tour 700 which was hooked to the Peavey Tour 410 cabinet. I was in love. The Octaver helped generate a very cool sound. It was the first thing I heard all day that I LOVED.

    Only problem is it's way out of the price I wanted to spend. I was torn. The guy who was helping me out offered me a deal I couldn't walk away from...$1000 out the door for both of them. I put down a downpayment immediately.

    My question is: Since I'm a complete noobie to this stuff, do any of you have any opinions on this equipment? Is the price the amazing deal I think it is? Did I do completely wrong by going $500 over my budget or is it really money well spent. My buddies seem to think this will set me up for life. Finally, for that money, should I have looked somewhere else?


    *updated 7/29 with ?s on markbass
  2. I wouldnt have bought new peavey gear.

    1) Peavey gear doesnt die, it will outlive the human race
    2) They dont hold a great resale value.

    Therefore, buying used peavey gear is the way forward! (IMO)

    But if you are happy with it, then sure, why not? As long as the $500 extra isnt going to be missed from bills etc!
  3. That is a great price considering that you are buying new. I play a Firebass 700 through a 412 at practice and a 410 at gigs. It sounds great... but I digress...

    I do agree with Mohawk on this one. Buying Peavey used is the way to go... They are built like a tank. I basically got my Firebass 700 and Peavey 412 for right at $500 used. I didn't buy them both together... and I got good used deals on both.

    I wouldn't regret it though... what is done is done, and you have a VERY nice setup for a good price new.

  4. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    +1 you won't be feeling the need to upgrade anytime soon. That's gotta be worth the extra 500, right?
  5. rpsands


    Jul 6, 2007
    You overpaid. Peavey Tour 410s were blowing out for 300 bucks a few months ago and Tour 700s are 500 new online. You're about 100 bucks over what I would pay, personally, considering the 410s are no longer being blown out.

    More than likely you could walk for 800 + tax if you pushed.
  6. isisiscool


    Jul 20, 2009
    That is so true. Peavey's gear will literally last probably longer then you will.
  7. nothumb


    Sep 20, 2006
    after the apocalypse cockroaches will be playing through our peavey gear trying to drive away the mutated strains of airborne syphilis. i'm assuming they will be playing in drop C
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  8. isisiscool


    Jul 20, 2009
    Yeah drop C sounds the most appropriate.
  9. DoubleD


    Jul 23, 2009
    Southern Indiana
    Yes, I think so. I don't know that I'll NEED it, but it's there if I ever do. It's just so much money.
  10. Jayhawk


    Sep 6, 2006
    Kansas City
    If you can swing it, buy what you like. If you settle for something less, you'll regret it and end up spending more in the long run. The set-up you bought is solid and will serve you for many years to come without any need for upgrading.
  11. I often rehearse in a place that have the Peavey Tour amps (I think a 450 in one room and a 700 in another) through a 4x10 and a 1x15. I also liked it a lot. Nice sound. I have a TC Electronic RH450 rig because I really really wanted something smaller and lighter, but the Peavey Tour was high in my list hadn't gone for the TCE.
    I'd probably tried to find it second hand, as you can save a lot that way, plus if you later decide you like something else better you can recover most of the investment... but as far as the amp goes, I think it's a cool choice. Nice.
  12. xchristopherx


    Mar 22, 2008
    You coulda got a tmax. A 410tx a 115bw. A dtr1000, a furman M-8. And still had 200 left over for dope cables.
  13. NKUSigEp


    Jun 6, 2006
    Bright, IN
    I was looking into that amp too but I've read a lot of reviews complaining of reliability issues strictly with the Tour 450/700 amps. Surprising too since Peavey has a bullet-proof reputation. I usually go off my own knowledge anyways but if an amp has multiple posts stating it worked great for a while and then died, that throws up a red flag. I don't know if they cut a few corners or what but I'd wait a few years on the Tour series to see how the rest of them pan out.

    As far as the cabs go, they look great and seem to be on par with the rest of the industry!
  14. Jayhawk


    Sep 6, 2006
    Kansas City
    Most of the reliability issues associated with the Tour series were early on and related to the Triac Resistor. It was an easy fix - the heads didn't die because of it. On the newer releases this should not be an issue.

    Besides, if you purchase the head new, Peavey has a five year warranty on these heads so if anything does go wrong they do stand behind them.
  15. NKUSigEp


    Jun 6, 2006
    Bright, IN
    Well there ya go!
  16. DoubleD


    Jul 23, 2009
    Southern Indiana
    Well, I just got off the phone with the GC (an hour away). He can get me the same Peavey Tour 700 and 410 cab for only $850 NEW. So, I'm definitely taking the one I got back. Apparently it wasn't the great deal I thought it was. Also, it appears as if it's not NEW anyway!!!!! They seemed to have "misplaced" the owners manual / registration cards and the 410 has a big rip in the tolex on one side.

    I think they tried to pass this heavily used / rented / floor model on to me as new, and it bothers me. I'll not buy equipment from them anymore.

    The only downside is GC has to order that for me so I'll have to wait a little to get it.

    I asked what else I could get in that price range. The guy was real friendly and helpful. He has several things for me to listen to when I go in there. He said I should really check out the Markbass little mark II head.

    Can I go wrong with using that Peavey Tour 410 cabinet with any head I throw at it, or should I look at a different cab too? I do love the sound of the Tour 700/410 together, I suspect the cab would sound great with any head. That markbass looks pretty nice too. Should I stick with the $450 Peavey Tour 410 or a cheaper (and probably heavier) 410 cabinet? *edit* or do I even NEED a 410, or should i go with a 115 or 210?
  17. Fletz


    Jan 16, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hartke artist
    Dude- I just got my Peavey 700 tour on eBay new for $350. I play a 410 ampeg cab. My advice is if you LOVE the tone of the peavey, then go with it. As most can attest to hear, you will forever be on a tone quest. We are all equipment junkies and just when you think u are happy with what you got you find something else you gotta have. I like the peavey for it's crystal clear tone. Any tone chasing I do will be through subtle pedal changes or purchases. I am personally a fan of the EHX bass stuff. But I'm sure that will change too.

    Also: I say quality 410 over 115/210 pairing.
  18. If you like what you hear... Why not?

    $850 sounds like a steal, and I would've gotten the matching cab had I have gotten it for that price.

    I ended up walking away with an Avatar 2X12 and love it to death anyway, so I didn't lose out in the long run. I'd say get it. The thing is loud, has great tone, and will last a LONG time.
  19. Helaskold

    Helaskold 100% Mediocre

    Jul 22, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Please don't do any of these things. 410 and 115 don't mix well, power conditioner is a waste of money unless you get the very high end ones with a voltage regulator built in. And there are very few good reasons to spend $200 on cables for one head to one cab.
  20. Seeing nobody had posted in this thread in over 3 years, I'm pretty sure the OP has been settled with his setup for quite a while :p

    Though I do agree that I wouldn't go with a 410/115 combination or bother with a power conditioner, let alone expensive cables.