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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-11-2003, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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peavey transtube

i recently bought a peavey transtube special 212 II for $530. it is a very nice amp in my opinion.theres 6 distortions(3 to a channel, "high gain" disortion is on both) there are so many sounds to get out of this, its amazing.the "modern" distortion is crazy. it is definitly modern and i don't even need a pedal anymore. you can get almost any sound out of this. i did a search for them and i found people saying they were bad. one person said the older transtubes are, but this must be a newer one, hence the "II". on the clean channel, there is vintage and modern. both sound nice.

for the price, i would recomend this amp. it gets a very nice tubeish sound and is very LOUD. 130 watts and 200 watts through a cabinet. as a tube amp does, it gets better sounding as it gets loud. it doesn't get really distorted at higher volumes(of course, i've only gone up to 3.5 at band practice). theres a percentage power level knob. not sure what it does. it says something about playing at higher volumes if it does start to get a little bad sounding. something about compression and all that.

what do you all think?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-11-2003, 10:11 PM
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I haven't had much experience with the transtube series, but I'm enjoying my Prowler quite a bit. My first amp was a Peavey Rage 158, which was pretty cool, but I can't remember what I did with it. I think I might have traded it for a bass or something. . .
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-11-2003, 10:21 PM
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I still have the Rage 158 somewhere, great clean sound but horrible lead channel, needed a lot of tweaking to make it sound half decent. The bigger transtubes sound a bit better but the lead channel is still too harsh for my liking, maybe the new ones got that fixed...I'm happy you like it, and i can't really help you with the weird percentage knob...
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-11-2003, 10:54 PM
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I played one once, don't remember what that knob did...

Yeah, the peavey's aren't bad at all, for solid state... sound more like a mesa rectifier than any non-rectifier i've ever played. Not quite as "good" a tone, but more practical, and very useable. I guess Neil Zaza uses one for clinics, and if it's good enough for him...

Enjoy it.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-12-2003, 03:15 PM
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I thought the 50 watt transtube (Bandit?) I played though back in around '96 was one of the best SS amps I ever heard.
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