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  • 120W
  • Preamp: 6 - 12AX7s
  • Power amp: 4 - 6L6s
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    $1,699.99
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An extra preamp tube makes it a 'plus.'

The Peavey 6505+ 120W Guitar Amp Head is great for hardcore or metal players. 6 - 12AX7s in the preamp add up to even more terrifying punch and mind-rattling gain. Includes footswitchable lead/rhythm channel select, effects loop, 3-band EQ, plus resonance and presence controls on each channel. Rhythm channel includes pre/post gain and bright/crunch switches. Lead channel includes pre/post gain controls only. Preamp output. Footswitch included. 4, 8, or 16 ohms.

The 6505 Series guitar amplifiers are named in celebration of Peavey's first 40 years, (1965-2005.) While known as the 5150 Series, these amps became the undisputed go-to guitar amps for scores of rock, hardcore, and metal bands because of their raw tone, relentless power, and roadproven reliability.

Made in the USA.

Features

  • 120W
  • Preamp: 6 - 12AX7s
  • Power amp: 4 - 6L6s
  • Footswitchable lead/rhythm channels
  • Effects loop
  • 3-band EQ
  • Resonance control
  • Presence control
  • 4, 8, or 16 ohms

Miles of gain and tone deeper than the Grand Canyon. Call or click to get yours.

 
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Peavey6505 Plus 120W Guitar Amp Head
 
4.7

(based on 130 reviews)

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    (6)

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100%

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Pros

  • Good power output (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Performances (5)
    • Professional recording (5)
    • Amateur recording (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great amp if you know how to use it

    Ok so before buying this amp there is a central theme which haunts these amps, and now spending about 3 years with the amp and speaking to a lot of 6505/6505+ owners this...Read complete review

    Ok so before buying this amp there is a central theme which haunts these amps, and now spending about 3 years with the amp and speaking to a lot of 6505/6505+ owners this is the main "problems"

    1. The lead channel gets fizzy when not playing in a band context. (drums to drown out the hiss)

    2. It is too loud for bedroom use (and so it should be)

    3. Owners don't like the overall voicing and wish it was more like the old 5150 amps. (the mid fq of the 6505 and 6505+ is a bit higher than the old counterparts)

    A lot of guys will say you need a eq pedal in the loop to "gate" the high fq and a noise gate, plus a od for boost purposes to tighten up the sound etc. I found myself wondering why would i purchase all of these pedals, the amp should be able to give me a good sound without these extra eq-ing pre and post the amp. It seems everything comes down to people wanting the maximum gain/punch yet retain clarity with minimum fizzy highs. So people try and achieve this by adding way too much gear to the natural sound, making it sound even more compressed, less warm and not musical at all.

    People seem to chase the tone they hear on recordings - yet seem to forget that guitars get recorded in dual or even 3 overlaying tracks, different mic positions in the room and different balancing of those in the mix to give you the tone you hear....so no wonder people add too much especially when upgrading from digital modeling pedals (which is over compressed to sound good in a stand alone context) or solid state amps. Dynamics play a big part in the sound, and even more so the thickness of the pick you use and angle of attack (basically playing ability) thick pick gives more pronounced and defined tone, and requires more skill than softer pick which will give you less fizz but lacks the instant attack of a thicker one. Angle aswell, more linear to string less scratch and with a angle more scratch. Volume is actually given by the amount of pick hitting the strings and not strumming more intensely.

    Nways enough of the lecture on that.....the solution to the problems associated in my quest for tonal nirvana is as follows:

    1. To reduce the fizz all you need to do is replace all pre amp and power amp tubes - it is a MUST, can't believe Peavey sells it with stock ruby tubes. You can either opt for all JJ EC83S 12AX7's or Tung Sol 12AX7's (market currently sells reissues for those who think reliability could be a problem) both sound great, or you can mix 12AX7's and JJ ECC832's (which is half 12AX7 half 12DW7, think the gain structure is 80/20) this in the correct positions with normal 12AX7's will reduce the gain but take away 98% of the fizzy dist.The amp has too much gain for my taste with all 12AX7's

    Secondly the settings...there is a lot of variables that impacts heavily on tone, guitar (wood including active or passive pickups) cables and pick as mentioned. A lot think in order to "crank" the amp you need the lead channel pre gain on 7 volume 3/4 ish...with stock tubes ull only hear fizz with that. You really don't need more than pre gain on 3, 3.5 or 4 wich would be max on the lead ch. green ch would probably be pre gain 6 or 7 post on 3 or 4. Presence...just because there is a knob for it doesn't mean you need to max it out, higher treble 5 or 6 with presence set to 0.5 or 0 is plenty, the louder you go the less bass mid and treble you need (some volume curve theory on perceiving sound and the way the sound curve expands as volume increases) Also important is the volume and tone knobs on your guitar....does'nt need to be full.

    Bedroom volumes you are better off buying a attenuation module like the hotplate that can handle 120watts. or remove the two outside powertubes to get 60watts. If the fizz still bothers you you can do a mod on the mid pot on the lead channel, very easy to replace it with a 22.5k one instead of the 55k (i think) in place. This will give the amp more "balls" and growl like the older 5150 versions. Or you can make the mid control sweepable. It really aint a must to get a eq, noise gate etc etc to change the voicing, you might want a od pedal to boost the green channel but that would be that. I currently run a mxr zakk od pedal infront of the amp on green channel, and carbon copy delay in loop - and i really couldn't be happier with the amp's tone.

    If you replace the tubes as stated and bias the amp hotter to between 32mA - 40mA by itself will change the amp completely to what it should sound like. Highly recommend retube and hotter bias.

    This is truly one of the best sounding amps ever made, it has a unique voicing that i love - i will def recommend this amp only with retube done. Peavey should seriously reconsider the ruby tubes and opt for better quality tubes if you are paying retail prices.

    Just a last note, the cleans are usable with volume rolled back, but not the greatest.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Fair Amp

    I bought this amp because I wanted really heavy distortion, I heard InFlames uses these amps and while I'm not the biggest fan of their music, I love the sound of their guitars....Read complete review

    I bought this amp because I wanted really heavy distortion, I heard InFlames uses these amps and while I'm not the biggest fan of their music, I love the sound of their guitars. This amp does not sound like that. It is fair sounding amp. The Distortion gets a 3 out of 5 stars. It's not very forgiving and a there isn't a lot of low end, it sounds a lot like early van halen type stuff but a little dryer and with a tad more hiss. Good for classic rock, not metal type stuff. The clean channel gets over modulated really easilly so you hear progressively more high end distortion as you turn the volume up. The good thing is, it is REALLY loud, it seems to be as loud or just louder than a Mesa Dual Recotfier. It looks good, is made solid, fair distortion, bad clean, great volume, minor adjustability. All in all 3 out of 5.

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    5.0

    just read the review

    By voodoowitchcraft

    from central pa

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events

      Comments about Peavey 6505 Plus 120W Guitar Amp Head:

      I started off in life a die hard Marshall fan. But it seems like all you pay for when buying one these days is the name. My friend has a Kerry King 800 I have used and I missed my 6505 every time. Its a great amp, no doubt about it. If you are into gain and tone shaping this amp is surprisingly versatile. I have always wanted an amp that was one channel and sounded exactly how I wanted.. you can create whatever you want from this head if you know what you are doing. Obviously its not a one channel monster that i would prefer, but in reality that would only be for aesthetics. But i can get the tones i would want from a one channel monster of my design thanks to the resonance and presence knobs that eddie thought up in the 80s. Great amp, I have a first gen 6506+ (from right after the badging was changed from a 5150 II). It has had its faults, changing capacitors/tubes.. but over all it has been my favorite amp I have owned.

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      3.0

      Good for the money, but not the best

      By Mike-Vk23W

      from Maryland

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Peavey 6505 Plus 120W Guitar Amp Head:

          Peavey 6505 is the best 100 watt tube amp for the price. However, it is not the best 100 watt head.

          I've used the 6505 with the matching cabinet and with an EVH 412 cab. The clean is ok, but not great. The high-gain is good but not great.

          If your budget allows, look into the EVH 5150. It's a better amp in every possible way (better cleans, better crunch, better metal, better leads).

          If you do buy the Peavey 6505, I recommend getting an MXR 10 Band EQ and placing it in the loop for additional fine tuning.

          In closing, great amp for the price. But I recommend spending a bit more and buying EVH 5150 or a used Diezel VH4 instead.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Better Than Mesa

          By RAZEREYE

          from Cleveland Ohio

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Indestructable
          • Loud
          • Powerful
          • Versitile

          Cons

          • heavy

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording
          • Shattering Windows
          • Touring
          • Waking The Neighbors

          Comments about Peavey 6505 Plus 120W Guitar Amp Head:

          It's louder than a dual or triple rectifier, costs less than both, and sounds better. What more could a guitarist ask for? I run this amp with a giggity and swollen pickle in the loop. I get everything from AC30, supersonic and JVM sounds to rectifier, 5150 and everything in between. Perfect match for any Ibanez and most Gibsons with humbuckers. I run an Audio Technica wireless and never have problems with feedback even with high gain raw relentless rock. Be aware of the limitations of your cabinet. The best decision is to run the matching 6505 4X12. Do not run this thing at high volume through a cheap cabinet, it will turn an MG or Spider into a pile of fire wood. I also recommend mesa SPAX7 and 6L6GC tubes, the factory tubes don't last very long.

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          5.0

          Outstanding amp

          By Carl H

          from Saint Helen, Michigan

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          Pros

          • Amazing distortion
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful
          • Very Loud

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Peavey 6505 Plus 120W Guitar Amp Head:

            This is the best amp I've ever played. It is simply amazing. I honestly believe I have found my perfect tone. This amp is one of the best out there for metal, which is pretty much all I play. The only down side to it is that it needs to be very loud to get the full effect of the amazing tone. Even if you have the volume on 1 you can still hear it over headphones, which I personally don't care about, but to others living in apartments that might be an issue.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great amp if you know how to use it

            By SQK3213

            from Cape Town SA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Peavey 6505 Plus 120W Guitar Amp Head:

              Ok so before buying this amp there is a central theme which haunts these amps, and now spending about 3 years with the amp and speaking to a lot of 6505/6505+ owners this is the main "problems"

              1. The lead channel gets fizzy when not playing in a band context. (drums to drown out the hiss)

              2. It is too loud for bedroom use (and so it should be)

              3. Owners don't like the overall voicing and wish it was more like the old 5150 amps. (the mid fq of the 6505 and 6505+ is a bit higher than the old counterparts)

              A lot of guys will say you need a eq pedal in the loop to "gate" the high fq and a noise gate, plus a od for boost purposes to tighten up the sound etc. I found myself wondering why would i purchase all of these pedals, the amp should be able to give me a good sound without these extra eq-ing pre and post the amp. It seems everything comes down to people wanting the maximum gain/punch yet retain clarity with minimum fizzy highs. So people try and achieve this by adding way too much gear to the natural sound, making it sound even more compressed, less warm and not musical at all.

              People seem to chase the tone they hear on recordings - yet seem to forget that guitars get recorded in dual or even 3 overlaying tracks, different mic positions in the room and different balancing of those in the mix to give you the tone you hear....so no wonder people add too much especially when upgrading from digital modeling pedals (which is over compressed to sound good in a stand alone context) or solid state amps. Dynamics play a big part in the sound, and even more so the thickness of the pick you use and angle of attack (basically playing ability) thick pick gives more pronounced and defined tone, and requires more skill than softer pick which will give you less fizz but lacks the instant attack of a thicker one. Angle aswell, more linear to string less scratch and with a angle more scratch. Volume is actually given by the amount of pick hitting the strings and not strumming more intensely.

              Nways enough of the lecture on that.....the solution to the problems associated in my quest for tonal nirvana is as follows:

              1. To reduce the fizz all you need to do is replace all pre amp and power amp tubes - it is a MUST, can't believe Peavey sells it with stock ruby tubes. You can either opt for all JJ EC83S 12AX7's or Tung Sol 12AX7's (market currently sells reissues for those who think reliability could be a problem) both sound great, or you can mix 12AX7's and JJ ECC832's (which is half 12AX7 half 12DW7, think the gain structure is 80/20) this in the correct positions with normal 12AX7's will reduce the gain but take away 98% of the fizzy dist.The amp has too much gain for my taste with all 12AX7's

              Secondly the settings...there is a lot of variables that impacts heavily on tone, guitar (wood including active or passive pickups) cables and pick as mentioned. A lot think in order to "crank" the amp you need the lead channel pre gain on 7 volume 3/4 ish...with stock tubes ull only hear fizz with that. You really don't need more than pre gain on 3, 3.5 or 4 wich would be max on the lead ch. green ch would probably be pre gain 6 or 7 post on 3 or 4. Presence...just because there is a knob for it doesn't mean you need to max it out, higher treble 5 or 6 with presence set to 0.5 or 0 is plenty, the louder you go the less bass mid and treble you need (some volume curve theory on perceiving sound and the way the sound curve expands as volume increases) Also important is the volume and tone knobs on your guitar....does'nt need to be full.

              Bedroom volumes you are better off buying a attenuation module like the hotplate that can handle 120watts. or remove the two outside powertubes to get 60watts. If the fizz still bothers you you can do a mod on the mid pot on the lead channel, very easy to replace it with a 22.5k one instead of the 55k (i think) in place. This will give the amp more "balls" and growl like the older 5150 versions. Or you can make the mid control sweepable. It really aint a must to get a eq, noise gate etc etc to change the voicing, you might want a od pedal to boost the green channel but that would be that. I currently run a mxr zakk od pedal infront of the amp on green channel, and carbon copy delay in loop - and i really couldn't be happier with the amp's tone.

              If you replace the tubes as stated and bias the amp hotter to between 32mA - 40mA by itself will change the amp completely to what it should sound like. Highly recommend retube and hotter bias.

              This is truly one of the best sounding amps ever made, it has a unique voicing that i love - i will def recommend this amp only with retube done. Peavey should seriously reconsider the ruby tubes and opt for better quality tubes if you are paying retail prices.

              Just a last note, the cleans are usable with volume rolled back, but not the greatest.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              great amp

              By ----

              from -----

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                    Comments about Peavey 6505 Plus 120W Guitar Amp Head:

                    i gave it a 5 star because it does what it does perfectly. if you want fender cleans it's not a 5 star amp at all, if you're just into dual rectifier distortion this will not be a 5 star amp for you. this amp has a unique voice, despite being one of the more widely used metal amps. it has kind of a grainy texture in the midrage that i absolutly love. if you like that sound get this, if not then get something else. maybe a peavey 3120. the rhythm channel is great for a rock sound with less gain. i think there is that "brown sound" to be had with some marshall amps and such. this amps rhythm has a "gold sound" as i would put it. this is with the crunch engaged. without the crunch in, it can get a good somewhat broken up bluesy sound to my ear, though i don't play much blues... many others may dissagree, not sure. i keep my pre gain at 5 or 6 on the rhythem channel. if you turn the pre gain down to try to get a good clean sound it sucks all the life out of your tone. you can get good broken up cleans with the pre gain up, the amp is just bland without much pre gain. at first i though "hey these cleans aren't that bad" then i plugged in my old line 6 to the cabinet to compare them and the line 6 cleans were way way better. for clean sounds i'd recommend running a line 6 pod through the effects loop. the lead channel is great for me. i love the rough texture so i love this amp. it gets pretty fizzy if you use to much gain, but i only keep my gain at 3 and a half. the resonance and presence is nice. turning down the resonance gives extra room to the bass guitar without loosing all your bass. the amp cuts through a mix well. it seems durable. as far as features go... it's really simple but it has an effects loop so you can expand it however you want. it's loud. very loud. it's not much of a bedroom amp. i have to do small taps to the post gain on the lead channel to turn it up if i am playing at bedroom volume. if i don't do small taps to move it i may move it an entire milimeter and wake up everybody in my house. maybe a bit exaggerated but it is extreemly sensative, be carefull. the sound is good when it's quiet. much better then my old line 6. but don't judge it when it is quiet. it sounds much different louder. it's like a different amp when loud vs quiet.

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                    5.0

                    Holy Grail of Metal Amps

                    By Toby_in_Dallas

                    from Dallas area

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Good Warmth
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Peavey 6505 Plus 120W Guitar Amp Head:

                      Very easy operation. Easy to dial in perfect tonality. VERY aggressive Lead channel!! The cleans are very clear too, contrary to other posts. Your cab and speakers are going to be the key to your clean sound.

                      I'd been looking at Mesa Dual Rectifiers and Marshall JCM 800s but when it came down to it, the 6505+ had the sound I truly loved and could work with.

                      The only drawback for some is the lack of reverb. It doesn't bother me at all but it may be a deal breaker for some. Go to your local music store and TRY this beast with a good quality guitar. If you're into hard rock and metal, this is your amp.

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                      5.0

                      Amazing Amplifier

                      By ELH

                      from Dayton, OH

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Peavey 6505 Plus 120W Guitar Amp Head:

                        Bottom line, this amp will knock you off your feet. It is loud and has plenty of gain on tap for metalheads. Takes very little time to dial in a good tone. Probably wouldn't be suitable for practicing at home unless you have amazing neighbors/parents or a power brake. The stock Ruby tubes can make this already dark sounding amp a little too dark, so if you have a problem with the sound, swap power tubes and then form an opinion on it.

                        Overall this amp is a great amp for hard/metal/death metal etc... It can be used for classic rock with the crunch channel, the only thing left to be desired would be a better clean channel. The cleans on this amp are not bad, but they could be a lot better.

                        Do yourself a favor and by this amp!

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                        5.0

                        Peavey 6505 Plus

                        By john harrell

                        from Georgia

                        Comments about Peavey 6505 Plus 120W Guitar Amp Head:

                        This amp is 120 watts of real tube power. Clean tones are warm and buttery, and respond very well to a little chorus and reverb. The amp does not have these features built-in, so put your own in the effects loop and you are good to go. For the headbangin' tones, this amp has its own very distinct, abrasive, sand-paper-in-your-ear distortion that I haven't heard anywhere else. You don't need tube screamers or anything else with this bad boy. It can crank out more gain and nastier rusty-barbed-wire metal sound than you can handle, and it easily overpowers drums and other instruments at about 3 on the post gain dial (volume). Pair this with a Mesa 4x12 cab and you pretty much have any metal guitarist's holy grail of a rig.
                        It's a tube amp head. Two chanels, Lead and Rhythm, an effects loop, stereo outs for running two cabs.... pretty standard rig. What I like most about it is that the dials actually produce drastic tone-shaping changes when you tweak them. Think of the EQ as a 5-band, because the Resonance and Presence knobs are basically additional Bass and Treble knobs. When you turn a knob up or down just one notch, you can tell the difference in your tone. I have played a lot of amps that didn't really adjust that much even when you really crank them, but this one certainly responds to inputs.
                        This is a professional, touring musician's tool. This amp can handle anything you throw at it, and is very versatile, but I think it likes playing metal more than any other genre of music. Ten out of ten for quality. No cheapo parts or loose knobs or breakable crap. This thing is a top notch piece of equipment. Just look at how many big bands out there use these amps! Look at Peavey's web site for a list! Another thing I love about this amp is that the sound doesn't start breaking up and distorting when you turn it up. It just sounds better the more juice you give to those tubes!
                        It's not cheap, but if you don't blow your money on an inferior product that will leave you wanting upgrades in the future, you can save up for this thing and never want anything more! It is not just a practice amp that you keep in your basement. This is the real deal, and it is worth every penny you will pay for it. Do it!

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                        5.0

                        Wow...

                        Comments about Peavey 6505 Plus 120W Guitar Amp Head:

                        Over all I would recomend this product simply for devastating my expectations. But with the good tone over all, even though some minor complaints are out there about the quality of the clean channel, I have none. I did have to do some adjusting to get it to be less "bright" than it wanted to be. I like the features it offers me. there are lots of options for everything I need(seperate Eq for rythm and boosted channels for example). Power to spare. Profesional quality. Like I said already.for the price for this amp makes me feel like I got a righteous deal.
                        I just got my 6505+ today and dialed it in a bit tonight. I have got to say, this thing is hardcore. My ears are still ringing and It must have been an hour now since I quit for the night. I started with just the Amp and played with the channels and tone for a little while and then started adding in the effects a little at a time. When I put the MXR fullbore metal in front of it I couldent stop shredding. I got as far as putting my ME70 in the effects loop for Flange/Phaser EQ and Wah then I played till the nextdoor neighbor came over to see what the heck I was doing. My neighbor is 60 feet away through my walls a fence and his walls....I decided it must be late enough to quit for the night.
                        If you like it loud and solid you might wanna give this a try. I didnt know what to expect when I bought this thing except that it should be loud(120 watts should be loud). My expectations werent that high so it was probably easy to exceed them. It did. I cant wait for tomorrow.
                        This thing is a tank at 67lbs. It is solid and after taking the UPS one eyed, 3 thumb airplane ride to Alaska, probably being dropped at least 3-4 times from the look of the box, it came out shiney and looks like a quality piece of equipment. Peavy has always been good industrial quality stuff and this puts them up a notch in my book.
                        for the price what can beat it? If I find somthing I'll post it -)

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