Peavey Classic 30

Hey all,
so Ive been recently shopping around for a new amp, because im getting tired of my shitty solid state vox amp. and was wondering what you guys thought of the peavey calssic 30. also if I can play it without my mom killing me (But that one's not as important)
 

Lt. Bob

Spread the Daf!
The Classic 30 is a pretty well regarded tube amp as far as mass produced amps go.
I have a couple of friends who prefer them for their main gigging amp so it's a decent amp.
30 watt tube amps are NOT quiet though.

But I believe that amp has a master volume so you can play it as soft as you want and still get a decent preamp distortion.
 

miroslav

Cosmic Cowboy
I had a Delta Blues amp for a little while, which is very close to the Classic 30....I think the only difference is that the Delta is a 115 combo and the Classic a 112.

Initially I liked it.....but quickly developed a dislike for the fizzy preamp section. So, it depends on how you like to dial it in.
If you can run harder, then you can dial back the preamp and let the power section crunch....but if you try to go low-level and still want some crunch...you have to push more on the preamp section, and to my ears, it was kinda lame.

YMMV............
 

Milnoque

Resident Curmudgeon
Well... everything!

I have had a Classic 30 for years. It's been through a lot, even a house fire. Still works fine. Peavey makes tough stuff.

I agree about the fizzy pre-amp distortion. You can help that a bunch by swapping out the pre-amp tubes for better ones. The re-issue Tung-Sols are fine. JJ makes a tube it calls an EL-844. It's a drop in replacement for the power tubes. You reduce the output by about 25%. They sound a bit darker and break up earlier and at lower volume. (You can afford to give up some clean headroom in a Classic 30. It has plenty.

The Classic 30 isn't the best at anything, but it is pretty damn good at most things other than metal. It's as good a value in a tube amp as I can think of.
 

stevieb

Just another guy, really.
The things said above are spot on, but let me add a little.

C-30's are, indeed, good all-rounders, good for blues, country and rock, jazz probably, but not quite nasty enough for metal and such- but using a pedal you can get there or at least very close. 2 input channels, switchable at control panel or via foot switch. No master volume, but the drive channel has pre- and post- gain controls, so you can get decent dirt at bedroom volumes- but you are not driving the power tubes that hard, so it won't be great. Pretty good reverb, although the only reason I can figure for it being foot-switchable is because Peavey likes 2-button foot switches and there was nothing else to control.

It's a good-looking amp, with tweed (or available black tweed) imitation tolex and chrome-plated control panel. It's narrow-panel front does a good impression of a Fender's look. 30 watts is good power for many beyond the bedroom situations, but you can get drowned out by a loud drummer. Just ask him to learn how to really play. Then duck- he'll be a one-stick player for a few minutes after that. Seriously, 30 "tube" watts are about twice as loud as 30 "SS" watts, so you are about as good on volume as, say, a Peavey Bandit (another very good amp.)

Best to buy used, IMO, not just because of the savings (you can find them, used but nice, for about $300 or so,) but because they are now made in China- Peavey used to take real pride in being "Made in the USA," but market forces changed that.

I had a C-30- it was my first all-tube amp except for the Monkey-Wards Model 6000 "radio tube" amp I had as a teen. I was very happy with it, but I wanted on-board tremolo (the MW amp had tremolo, and I have been fruit for that stuff ever since,) so I bought a Delta Blues 210. Same amp but with tremolo and 2 10's (also available with 1 15.) I liked the look of the C-30 better, FWIW, the "TV front" look never did it for me. Only sold the C30 because I didn't feel the need for a backup, and then only sold the DB210 when I scored a SF Deluxe Reverb way cheap, and the Fender was everything the Peavey was, and more. But not a lot more. Reverb was deeper, clean was Fender's famous bell-like chime, and everybody ohh's and ahh'd when I walked in the room with the DR. Remove the Peavey logo from the attractive oxblood grill cloth and most folks won't even notice you aren't playing a Fender- the newer ones with the logo in an oval don't pull that off as well, which is another reason to buy used.

If I felt the need to trim the cost of my rig, I would probably sell my DR* and buy a C-30 or DB-210- and the extra $1200 or so would be nice, too. You are probably at about 80-90% of what a Deluxe Reverb is, with a C-30/Delta Blues, at about 20% of the cost. Both your guitar guru and your financial advisor would approve.

*Actually, the DR lives and works at Studio101NOLA, and I play through a Ampeg Jet J12T, these days.
 

p_wats

New member
I've had a Classic 30 for a few months now and enjoy it. All I would say is that I can rarely turn it past 2 on the volume knob when I'm playing at home. The master volume on the dirt channel does allow for some nice distortion at low volumes though.
 

Sheff37

Member
I had a Delta Blues amp for a little while, which is very close to the Classic 30....I think the only difference is that the Delta is a 115 combo and the Classic a 112.

Initially I liked it.....but quickly developed a dislike for the fizzy preamp section. So, it depends on how you like to dial it in.
If you can run harder, then you can dial back the preamp and let the power section crunch....but if you try to go low-level and still want some crunch...you have to push more on the preamp section, and to my ears, it was kinda lame.

YMMV............
Accurate answer.
 

Sheff37

Member
I don't think any Peavey amp sounds great, no matter what mods you do, or what kind of music you play. Dropping a sh*t load of money into a Peavey defeats the purpose of buying a Peavey. Peavey hands down delivers the most Volume per Buck. That is why you buy a Peavey. You buy a Marshall to match your ego. I had to heavily mod all my Marshall amps. I bought a Lab Series L5 in 1979 and played it until the 90's. My opinion on Fender amps is the same. You play a Fender amp because it's safe. The two best sounding amps l ever heard was an early 90's Crate tube amp, l have three, and a cheap ass Bugera tube amp l bought in El Paso from a pawn shop in 2013. Those were cheaper than the Peaveys and 100% tone monsters.
 
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