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Craig Bailey


Post  Posted 8 Mar 2019 6:19 pm    
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What are your favorite Peavey amps for steel between the NV 400, Session 400, Session 500, Vegas 400?

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Paul Wade


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Post  Posted 8 Mar 2019 6:51 pm     Re: Favorite Peavey Amp for Steel
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Craig Bailey wrote:
What are your favorite Peavey amps for steel between the NV 500, Session 400, Session 500, Vegas 400?

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Craig

For me as I look back. Session 400 was number 1
Vegas 400 number2 . Evans fet 400 was a great amp. Jbl
E130. Speaker be now only in my bed room. Peavey special 130 in a Nashville 400 cabinet. Got three of them that I built.....

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Larry Dering


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Post  Posted 8 Mar 2019 7:35 pm    
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I'm happy with the session 400 but like Paul my special 130 with a TC Furlong 12 inch speaker sounds very good. Hey Paul, can you post a picture of your builds? I'm considering the same thing.
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Darvin Willhoite


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Post  Posted 8 Mar 2019 8:37 pm    
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I also have a Special 130 I put in a modified Pacer cabinet. I have a SICA speaker in mine, and it sounds great for steel. I dressed it up a little with the piping and moved the emblem over to the corner to get it out from in front of the speaker.






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Larry Dering


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Post  Posted 9 Mar 2019 7:39 pm    
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Darvin, did the Pacer have to be modified much and is that a 15 inch Sica?
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Richard Sinkler


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Post  Posted 10 Mar 2019 6:50 am    
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1. Session 500
2. Nashville 400 (my current amp)

Session 400 wouldn't be found on my list. Worst amp I ever owned.
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Darvin Willhoite


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Post  Posted 10 Mar 2019 10:58 am    
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Larry, the cabinet was from a later Pacer and had the same chassis size as the Special 130. Earlier Pacer chassis were different, which had differently spaced mounting holes, but I think the cabinets were the same. Yes, that is a 15" SICA.
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Mike Brown


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Post  Posted 11 Mar 2019 5:36 am     Peavey
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Bob Carlucci


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Post  Posted 11 Mar 2019 8:33 am    
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Best one I have ever heard, bar none, and They can be had all day in nice shape for $150 or less.... bob

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Dick Wood


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Post  Posted 11 Mar 2019 12:02 pm    
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The session 400 was one of the few amps I could never get a decent tone from. Session 500 and Nashville 400 were two of the best but these days it's the Quilter without a doubt.
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Paddy Long


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Post  Posted 11 Mar 2019 1:19 pm    
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I think the Nashville 400 was my fave Peavey steel amp, played that amp for a long long time before I started to delve into racks etc... then I discovered Telonics hehe !!
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Derrick Unger


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Post  Posted 12 Mar 2019 6:18 pm     peavey
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Get one of each...figure out which you like best..sell the others for little or no loss and view it as just renting...IMHO!!!
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Dave Mudgett


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Post  Posted 13 Mar 2019 12:29 am    
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Session/LTD 400 by far. Sorta like a solid-state Twin Reverb with additional midrange control and more juice. Discrete transistor preamp, practically indestructible. Followed by Nashville 400.
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Mike Brown


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Post  Posted 13 Mar 2019 5:35 am     Peavey Steel Amps
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Although I own and play through either the Nashville 400 or an original Session 400, I sincerely believe that the Nashville 112 is our best yet in a small rehearsal amplifier. But, the Session 115 combines all of Peavey's 45 plus knowledge pertaining to the steel guitar amplifiers.

When given the opportunity to play, I take one of the above four amplifiers. Everyone has it's own identity/sound. Try the Nashville 112 or Session 115 when you get a chance.
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Doug Earnest


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Branson, MO USA
Post  Posted 14 Mar 2019 8:58 pm    
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If there is a slightly below average ability local critter lodge player, it is me. I've played lots and lots of dances at the clubs, and found my way to the stage of a fair number of nice regional festivals and a few opening acts for bigger shows. I am Mr. Average Player, but I do have fairly good ears.

Over the years since about 1976 I have used all the Peavey steel amps except the Session 500 the new Nashville 115 and several Peavey amps that were not designed specifically for steel. None have ever let me down in any way, and a good many of them had not lived particularly pampered lives. Mainly I would double on guitar and steel, with some fiddle thrown in occasionally.

The only one I had that I truly did not like and could not beat a tone out of was the Session 400 Ltd. I bought it brand new, one of the early run of them. No bass to be had and everything that it did have was hard sounding. Sorry, thems the facts on that particular one. No one in the audience ever complained.

A 1975 Session 400 with Peavey JBL speaker has provided very good service, I like it a lot. It could stand to be freshened up a bit, but why would it not after 44 years??? I'm 60 and could benefit from a good service job myself.

I have a couple of LTD 400's that I like very well, I just have spent more time with the Session 400. It was in 1979 when a great player with a red D10 MSA Classic SS through an LTD 400 with Peavey JBL ruined me for life....! Seriously.

The one Peavey amp that I really and truly like for pedal steel above the others, all uses and factors considered, is my early model Nashville 112. I think the label says it all - High Definition. The stock amp was perfectly fine but I will say that after I put some in some upgraded chips and substituted a Telonics speaker I have absolutely zero complaints with the little bugger, and it's still less than half the price of about any other credible steel amp. It's plenty loud, easy to move about, and the headphone jack defeats the speaker output. The only reason I did the modifications was that I got the speaker for next to nothing and I buy the chips wholesale and am capable of installing them. I mounted an adjustable bass drum leg inside the back of the cabinet to provide a tilt back feature. Looks factory and works great!

This post has gotten long already, but I want to say Thank You again to the Peavey folks for making darn near bulletproof equipment that the average guy can afford. Have I played through other amps that I liked better? Yes, I have. Was I willing to pay the price to own one considering my uses for an amplifier? No, I was not. Would one of those amps have made me sound any better? No. Peaveys have been the choice of Buddy Emmons, Buck Reid, Terry Bethel and a great number of others. Those amps will always be capable of sounding better than I do. More people have made more money playing through Peavey amps and sound systems than any other. Peavey's service department is second to none, providing factory service at ridiculously reasonable prices, even considering shipping costs.

Peavey, please find a way to justify continuing to help us out!
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Larry Dering


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Post  Posted 15 Mar 2019 3:43 am    
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Well stated Doug and I second that testimony. Peavey has a proven track record with equipment that has stood the test of time. I have a boatload of Peavey amps and have yet to consider selling off any of it. Yes I have Fender and Quilter but at gig time Peavey gets the nod. You can't go wrong with a winning combination. At 70 I doubt I will ever need more than what I have already. Thank you Peavey.
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Mike Brown


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Post  Posted 15 Mar 2019 5:51 am     Peavey Products
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Wow! There couldn't be a better testimony than this. Thanks to Larry and Doug for the endorsement. Oh, don't worry, Peavey is still supporting steel guitar players everywhere on a daily basis, ie; by phone, this Forum, email, conventions and any of the other line of communication.

We have a "second to none" service department that has employees that were here in the 1980's that actually built some of the amps that they provide service on! Talk about FULL CIRCLE! The thing that impresses me the most being employed by Hartley Peavey for over 43 years is that he still supports the steel guitar market with products for the steel guitar market. Our first steel guitar amplifier was the Session 400, which Julian Thorpe, Curly Chalker and countless other players offered their expertise with the design of the original 1973 Session 400. The rest is history.

As long as we get support from the steel guitar community, you can bet that we will continue to offer great steel guitar amplifiers.

I invite you to check out our product history here;
https://peavey.com/support/steelguitaristinfo/

Mike Brown
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Dustin Kleingartner


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Saint Paul MN, USA
Post  Posted 15 Mar 2019 10:08 am    
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I don't have any experience with Peavey's steel specific amps, but I sure do love my Peavey Artist!

It is a fantastic double-duty workhorse. I found a 15" Black Widow that came out of Session 500 from the same era, put it in an extension cab - and WOW that little stack blows me away (and everyone else that plays through it)!!
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