Peavey classic VT series 100
Greetings! I not so recently inherited the above mentioned peavey VT 100 amp. It was gone through, but not necessarily with a harp in mind at the time. Speakers were replaced with 2x12 celestion vintage 30's and it has 2 6l6 tubes. Is there anything I can do to make this amp more harp friendly as far as tubes or anything else? I do like the phase and spring reverb. The sound is pretty decent when plugged into the auto mix jack but a little to clean and sharp in the normal jack 1 or 2. So far I have only been able to use a shaker madcat mic with this amp with any volume as every other mic I have tried feeds back really bad even at the lowest settings. Specifically my shure 540S. Thanks, I appreciate the feedback!
Hello Jon- Thanks for writing. Well, you have an amp that will be difficult to use for harp. If you were playing outside or in a very large venue, you could turn it up and get a good tone, but for normal gigs and practice it will tend to be too bright and gainy. The only things I might suggest would be substituting lower-gain preamp tubes for the 12AX7s and trying some speakers that aren't so bright. Celestions are one of the brightest speakers out there, which is no help for harp players. You will not like my last suggestion...... sell it and get an amp that is more suited to your needs.
Hello Jon- Well, trying to decide what amp would be best for you will take time and effort! As always, my first piece of advice is take a hard look at your real requirements. Many new guys buy an amp in anticipation of playing gigs when they should concentrate first on an amp that will allow them to play at the lower volumes required by wives, kids, and neighbors. The more you practice amplified playing the better you will get, so get something you really enjoy playing. Of course, I like old amps!