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Problems With Peavey Bass Head.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by rahkshinaw, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. rahkshinaw


    Jan 26, 2014
    Gday all. I'm new to here but I need some help with a project.

    I'm working on restoring and fixing a Peavey Mark VIII Series Bass Head and I'm in over my head at this point. The problem is that the bass head won't turn on. It shows life in flickers and makes a clicking sound. Once I pulled the guts out of the case and plugged the power in, I determined that the clicking noise is coming from the transformer inside.
    There are wires that have the insulation cracked open revealing the wires so I figured that may be the issue but I'm not too sure now since I found out that the clicking was coming from the transformer. The fuse has been replaced so that isn't the problem.

    Any further help would be greatly appreciated!
  2. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    It could be an internal arc in the windings in which case the transformer is toast.
  3. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    In any case, unless you are a certified amp tech, and own all the test equipment needed, what you need is someone who is and does. Seriously, a good amp tech is worth his bench fee for peace of mind alone.
  4. LazyGecko


    Nov 19, 2013
    Best advice when getting a peavey bass: don't get a peavey bass

    I'm kidding those amps are great :) I agree it's worth talking to a pro about
  5. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009
    Contact Peavey, they will help.

    PHONE: 877-732-8391(toll free) and ask for repair assistance.
    E-MAIL: repair@peavey.com
    FAX: 601-486-1361

  6. dincz


    Sep 25, 2010
    Czech Republic
    You're in Australia, right?
  7. rahkshinaw


    Jan 26, 2014
    Thanks for the advice! I'll contact peavey then though this is an old bass head. And no I'm not in Australia. I've lived there in the past.
  8. You could also PM BbbyBld here on TB, he is in engineering at Peavey and seem always willing to help when he can.
  9. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009
    Can't speak from experience, but I don't think it matters how old your head is, Peavey will still work on it.

    Of course being out of warranty you'd have to pay for parts, labor, and shipping, but from what I understand it's all pretty reasonable and pennies on the dollar versus a new amp that may or may not be as reliable as your old school Peavey.

    Excellent suggestion.

    Props to Peavey for having an actual amp electrical engineer as a fellow TB'er, he has been tremendously helpful in the past (thanks Bobby!). :hyper: