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Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by Dr Improbable, May 22, 2019.
Despite how happy I am now, I still someday want a Peavey Bandit. I want something I cannot break!
Aw, c'mon! We all know ANYTHING can be broken. Some things ya just gotta try a little harder!
“ Fenders are hard to break”- Pete Townsend
But I guess for amps you’re right, those old solid state Peaveys were tough
My experience is that amps rarely break, but that they can be broken.
Beat 'em too hard. Physically that is. Put side torsion (or just give a hard slap) onto a plugged in cable. Yank the AC cable out by just that -- the cable. Slam 'em down hard in the trunk of a car -- or just leave them there with the sun beating on the deck. There are all sorts of abuse that can bust 'em.
But just by use? Apart from tubes wearing out -- no more unexpected than a car eventually needing new tires -- I've experienced little of this in my now about 60 years of playing thru them. (I currently own just about a dozen.)
Townsend said that? Mind you, it's not unlike Einstiens quote "I have no doubt that the isn't the slightest possibility whatsoecer of obtaining energy from the atom in any form",...
As far as breakage is concerned, I've very few cases of that happening..But things will wear out..Pre-amp tubes more than power tubes..And the electrolytic capacitors need replacing after a while..Resistors will drift..etc..It doesn't really matter ss or tubes they all wear out..
Amps are more like cars than TVs. By that I mean that if you treat an amp like a tv—simply use it whenever you want and nothing more, it’ll give up in some respect at some point. If you treat it like a car—do regular maintenance and repairs before small problems get big (and don’t drive it into a wall)—then it can perform for a very long time.
The only amps I’ve seen straight up break under normal, proper use were very cheap amps with surface mount pots and jacks. Even that’s rare.
In my experience, an Envoy is just as good as a Bandit, and slightly smaller (10 inch speaker), usually cheaper too.
It was actually a joke. Well done.
But the cigar box guitar got a boo boo.
Envoy is great. No effects loop but they do sound really good.
My friend broke my Peavey Bandit, it was in his back seat when I totaled his car, broke the cab and the speaker and sheared off a few knobs.
Should be covered under warranty then.
Might also be covered by renters/homeowners/auto insurance.
I'm sry Sir. Your amp was not wearing a seat belt. I use to buckle mine up when I went to practice.
Your friend broke your amp when YOU totalled his car ? Talk about an eye for an eye !
Sorry I typed that wrong, he crashed his car with my amp in the back. Doh! and this was long before the Bandit was a sought after amp.
I buckle my amps in like a snug baby...
I still have my first real amp - a pawn find Randall RG80ES used in a short lived high school grunge/ Melvins ripoff band.
It still sounds fantastic. Nothing has been done to service it since it's purchase in 1991. Not a thing. Other than having a worn out and never used reverb spring, the worst that can be said is that it's grimy but has outlived two cabs and a jackass teenager's abuse.
Long live the solid states.
I never tie my gear down when traveling..That makes me a safer driver..