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Advice from any Peavey ValveKing 212 user

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by major, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. major

    major Member

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    First post here. I recently picked up for $375 the ValveKing 212. To me its not a bad amp, though my ears seem to not like the speakers designed for it. So my question is...is it worth investing into buying 2 12" for this amp? I find the ValveKing special design speakers are harsh and ...a first-hurt my ears, even on low volume! I'm looking for a warmer, smoother kind of crunch on channel 2 , not so bitey, any ideas on type of speaker that works good with this amp. My style is prog-rock to jazz. Thanks.
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  2. major

    major Member

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    I'm surprised no one has this amp, yeah its not on the $2,000 and up list. Can anyone tell me if the Celestion V30's are a warm sounding speaker and not harsh? Any other speaker suggestions?
     
  3. Wesman61

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    I have a 112. I think the original speaker sounds like a Emi V30 type speaker and didn't think it sounds harsh. I changed it because I didn't like the clean tone with it. I stuck an Emi Wizard and didn't really like that either. Then I stuck an Emi Swamp Thang in it and I really like that for cleans. However it won't do the smoother crunch You're after. I always hear that the V30 has a biting top end. The Emi Governor is supposed to be like a V30 with a smoother top end.
     
  4. joel98z

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    Pretty much anything is going to sounds better than the stock peavey speakers. I have a classic 50 and the blue marvels were very harsh with flabby bass. Vintage 30 will help for sure lots of midrange though..
     
  5. Mr. G.

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    I've got the 1x12 version and settled on an Eminence Wizard. I also tried an Eminence Governor, but didn't like it at all with the Valveking. However, it might have sounded pretty good with the two speakers mixed together. Didn't have a chance to try that out, since I only have the 1x12 version.
     
  6. joel98z

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    Take a look at the G12-65's as well..
     
  7. big brekfest

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    absolutely change the speakers. and think about swapping the tubes too. I did both and my 112 sounds worlds better. I went with the Eminence Texas Heat and it has a lot of bass and bite. not sure if it'd be a good pick for jazz, though. CHeck out the eminence website. they have sound clips for most of their speakers.
     

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