Advice on Guitar Amp, should I get rid of it

garybdmd

Member
2016-01-03 5:13 am
I have a behringer V-ampire lx1200 h 120 watt head. Sooner or later it may/will die. The last pieces I took to get fixed by behringer couldn't be fixed easily by the local tech because they were due to surface mounted microprocessors and getting other boards etc wasn't worth it.

I kind of like the idea of having an amp that is simple enough to fix. I have a little older peavey bandit 80 watts into 8 ohm, 100 watt into 4 with power amp in. And the circuitry doesn't look very complex, passive tonestacks, simple op amps etc. Its not top of the line, but really, you can get a decent amount of tones out of it.

I thought maybe I should keep the simple amp and if I want, I can also get a multieffects processor to run through it or even use the power amp in if I need more advanced sound or effects. I'm thinking I should get rid of the behringer head before it dies, because it may be hard to fix if it does.

Does anyone have an opinion about this? Is my hunch that the behringer will die and not be worth fixing correct? Looking online I don't see a lot of these for sale, and I'm thinking that could be in part due to them frequently being too costly to repair.

Its seems like the peavey would be much less likely to break, and when it does relatively easy to repair. Is this also a correct generalization. (Its a silver stripe transtube peavey Bandit 112 from the 90's.)
 
Are you playing Stadiums?

100 - 120 Watt amps are more than enough to permanently damage your hearing.

I've got a 150+ Watt Peavey Mace that doesn't get used at all because of this.

Maybe sell your 120 Watt amp and get something in the 25 - 50 Watt range.

That should still be loud enough to wreck your hearing, if you find that necessary.

Also tube amps tend to sound best when you can crank up the volume enough to get output tube distortion.

At 100+ Watts that is not likely without the neighbors calling the police. LOL
 

garybdmd

Member
2016-01-03 5:13 am
You're funny Paul, seriously, thanks for the post.
No I've been a musician my whole life and played guitar and bass in bands. I'm an 80's kid and the minimum standard in a serious band was essentially guitar 100w head with half stack, bass amp 2x15 +- 4x10 cab). I was planning on getting rid of this head, my little combo amp will drive a 4x12 cab quite3 nicely, but seems like every thread I've read says "wish I never sold that head it was great" So it'll sit in the basement for the moment. But if I could donate it to someone who would somehow use it to show love to others through their music I would pay for shipping. Cheers Paul
 
I'm a little older than you, but I know the need for a 100W Marshall well.

How about a 150+W Peavey Mace combo that Skynyrd or Molly Hatchet used on their stadium gigs? 6 6L6GC output tubes running at 450V. That thing will damage your hearing if you just look at it wrong.

As I get older and now have trouble hearing my wife and children speak at times, I can't afford to lose any more hearing than I already have.

Best regards,
Paul
 
Are you playing Stadiums?

100 - 120 Watt amps are more than enough to permanently damage your hearing.
That's an SS amp, so it can be played at any level without bsound change, which comes completely cooked and seasoned from the simulator.
It is NOT a tube amp which in general needs to be run at volume 6 or higher to deliver its magic :)

I've got a 150+ Watt Peavey Mace that doesn't get used at all because of this.
Good example of a Tube amp which NEEDS to be played loud, but it's not the case here.
Maybe sell your 120 Watt amp and get something in the 25 - 50 Watt range.
Not advisable on an SS amp, where spare headroom is a good thing, so it does not squash what's being fed to it.

Also tube amps tend to sound best when you can crank up the volume enough to get output tube distortion.
Cool but not the case here :)
At 100+ Watts that is not likely without the neighbors calling the police. LOL
That's what volume pots were invented for.
Adding that here they can be used safely :)