Strange Peavey 300watt Combo

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Ely, Oct 18, 2001.

  1. Ely


    Jun 8, 2001
    Huntsville, AL
    I went to my local music store tonight and was looking for a good combo amp for a good price. The salesman (who is also a good friend of mine) pointed me to a strange Peavey 300 Watt 1x15 combo. It was kinda dirty, but worked really good. It was on consignment for $370, but since it had been there for over a month, the owner might be willing to drop $20 or so. It sounded really good and handled the low end really well. I tried it through two of the four basses there, a Modulus Genesis Vintage J with Bartolini Pickups, and a Cort fretless with an active EQ and a Mahogany body. (they rarely get bass stuff and when they do it rarely moves, I've played these two basses so many times I practically own them :p ) It sounded great with both basses, and since I know both those basses' tones so well I could tell it sounded good. The thing is, I just checked the Peavey website, and there's no information on it.

    It has a 1 15" speaker, 300 watts, no graphic EQ, a built-in compressor, a weird EQ where instead of saying the Frequency number it said stuff like "Bottom", "Punch", and "Edge", but when I dialed each one in, it actually sounded like what it was called! and last it was rather old and well used, although in perfect working order. Any idea what model it is or when it might have been made?

    I can't wait to get it! I used to have bad feelings toward Peavey, after I tried that one Cirrus 4-string I realized they make some really good stuff.
  2. Matthias


    May 30, 2000
    Vienna, Austria
    Have you also tried to lift it?
    Those older Peavey combos are heavy as hell and some of theme come with just one top handle...

  3. Mara


    Jan 11, 2001
    I've got one, I think it's from mid -80's. Big, heavy and very well built (although I had to replace the BW driver...). Beware of the front "grille" - it's attached with velcro and mine used to rattle with full blast, but after stuffing the edges with some cardboard and what I could find lying around, it was cured. With an extension cab you can boost the output up to 300w @ 2 OHM's - I haven't done that but maybe I'll try if I can find a cheap 2x10"...
  4. Mara


    Jan 11, 2001
    ...oh I forgot - the model is wittingly called "Combo300" and it produces 210W @ 4 OHM's - not 300W.

    Peavey has this thing about giving watts @ 2 OHM's, eg. Firebass 700. Good marketing boys!
  5. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    $350 is way too much for an older Combo 300. $250 is more like it.

    I surfed over to the Daddy's Junky Music site (they are a huge Peavey dealer here in New England and carry lots of used stuff) and found they have two Combo 300s right now for $240 and $280.

    See if you can talk the owner down below $300.
  6. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    What is it with some of these designers anyway? Apparently, the guys who put handles on the top never have to lift what they designed.

    Yeah, put a handle on top and carry your combo like it was a briefcase (on an old HEAVY Peavey no less)!!!:eek: