Tine to replace the Peavey Mark VI

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Mike N, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    I've been playing a Peavey Mark VI thru a Peavey 410TVX cab for nearly 20 years, and I'm having issues with the head.

    One minute it's too quiet, the next minute it's to loud...... then it goes from clear to muddy and all sorts of other weird sounds. I'm convinced there's an electrical issue within and rather than throw $$ at it for a repair, I'd rather upgrade to something more modern.

    I play a P Bass with flats in a metal band.... we tune a 1/2 step down and cover material from Slayer, Megadeth, Dio, Riot (no, not Quiet Riot), Anthrax etc.....

    We've got two guitars in the band, both playing thru Marshall half stacks and a drummer with a 10 piece double kick Ludwig set..... I will probably keep the 410TVX cab for now, but I'm looking for a head that will keep up with the rest of the band. Solid state would be good with me, just curious as to what others in a similar band are playing??
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  2. StringslamDan


    Nov 18, 2012
    Anything GK will pair up nicely with the tvx! I have an old 400rb and 800rb and both sound great through that cab! I'm sure anything GK will sould great though. The tvx is kind of a darker cab and the brightness of the GK heads really brings it alive. Just my 2¢. Good luck!
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  3. GK would probably be good, if you like Peavey they've got the new minimax and minimega heads. I honestly haven't even seen one in my neck of the woods, but that's because Traynor is kind of the northern Peavey. Both good brands, but smaller markets mean less variety I suppose.

    I've got an Ampeg pf500, and to be honest all my gear is back in Ontario while I train for a career, so gigging has been few and far between - but back when I did use it, it was more than adequate in both sound and volume, I did have to spend some time with the EQ to get used to it, but I think that's too be expected with a whole new piece of gear.
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  4. I play with a Fender Active PJ with flats and I just bought a GK MB Fusion 500w last week so I don't have a lot of experience with it but for what it's worth I think it's a brilliant amp, it could be I'm still in the honeymoon phase though so take it with a grain of salt.
    Since you're in a metal band with a drummer with a 10 piece kit and two guitarists I'm going to think you guys are kind of loud. I would look at maybe a GK Legacy 800w or 1200w, Hartke LH 1000w or Peavey Mini Mega 1000w or Peavey Headliner 1000w. If you can find a Peavey Headliner 1000 they're are only $499and the Hartke LH 1000 is also $499.
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  5. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    So cool that that head has been running all these years without incident!
    What's your budget for a new head and have you had enough power with the old one?
  6. wave rider

    wave rider

    Jan 5, 2005
    Your symptoms are consistent with some slight corrosion in a switching jack. Try using an instrument cable between your preamp out and power amp in to see if that is the issue.

    Sometimes just inserting the plug a few times will clear the corrosion, sometimes a drop of De-Oxit on the plug and then inserting it will do the trick.

    At least that is how it was with my Mark VI… Not wanting to discourage GAS for a new head, your VI could still be a good backup.
  7. dcallred


    Jul 10, 2005
    Stamford, CT
    Laugh while you can monkey boy
    Stating the obvious, did you try replacing your guitar cord? They last quite a while unless you step on them all the time like I do. Then grab a $5 contact cleaner and some qtips and clean the input jacks. I’ve had a Mark VIII since the 80s and little cleaning was all it ever needed.

    Having said that, I’m now running an Aguilar TH500 and love it. I’ve also heard good things about the other class Ds too. Try a few of the if you can. I know people claim they aren’t the same as the older solid state but I like the sound and can carry my TH, two 2x10’s (Neo’s) and my gig bag on one load in trip.

    Your tone needs may vary.
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  8. creaturegods


    Sep 23, 2017
    Unpopular opinion but I think you should get the Peavey repaired!
    If it has been your go-to for 20 years, I think you owe it that much.
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  9. Dirty pots or switch maybe. Dying component or bad solder joints possibly.

    First isn't too hard to diagnose and repair.

    Second can be hard and requires a pro.

    Good luck
  10. NOVAX


    Feb 7, 2009
    Clean the jacks on that sucker.
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  11. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    Ya I had an old 70s Peavey bass head that would make random noises … So I got some Ampeg bass heads
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  12. cableguy


    Jun 4, 2009
    North Bend, WA
    I second a GK. Look for a used 700 RBII. Around $300. If you have the scratch, I have an MBFusion 800. Great head. I'm sure it's little bro the MBF500 would have plenty of juice for you.
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  13. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    I'll also endorse a GK RB amp. I've got a 700RB and it's great. Lots of power, cool character even w/o EQ. The boost puts some growly drive into you sound without the weird, unpleasant harmonics and loss of bottom end some distortion/overdrive pedals can have. It can also bi-amp if you want.
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  14. +1 on try this first
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  15. andawun


    Jul 13, 2009
    All of the previous mentioned amps are awesome. I would like to give a shout out to the small but mighty Rumble 350.
  16. pbass74


    Sep 19, 2015
    Sunland, CA
    My old Peavey started sounding weird and then it overheated. It turned out to be a short in the speaker cable. Fixed the cable and everything was back to normal.
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  17. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Shoals Indiana
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  18. I've had a few issues with my old Mark 6. Not saying this is a sure fix but it has worked for me a couple of times in the past. Go to your local sporting goods store and buy a couple of 22 cal brass gun barrel brushes and clean every jack with them. In puts , out puts and even the speaker ones both on the amp and in the cab. A little Deoxit or WD-40 on the brush can't hurt. The barrel brushes will be pretty much trash after you do this so don't use any of your good cleaning brushes on the amp or cab.
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  19. BogeyBass

    BogeyBass Inactive

    Sep 14, 2010
    Eventually the cabinet reaches a threshold.

    Even with amp problems. I'd say your close to it's max anyways.

    It's metal
    More speakers
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  20. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    I paid $75 for that head 20 years ago and it's been ok keeping up with loud guitarists and a loud drummer.

    Budget wise, $500 or less would be ideal.
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