Peavey Classic 50 combo How do you change the tubes?

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  1. John Carson

    John Carson Supporting Member

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    Just picked n older one up in great shape for 350. Probably mid to late 90s
    took the back panel off and for the life of me cant figure out how to get to them?

    Any one have a quick suggestion as to what I am not seeing?

    Thx and Happy 4th of July!
     
  2. gkoelling

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    I had one of those but it's been a long time.

    Is there a metal panel that screws on? If so, take that off. I remember it was a little more involved than the average amp but well worth it.

    You found that for a great price.

    Enjoy.:dude
     
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    i have a mid 90's one and there are to plates underneth the botton of the tubes. one side for the power tubes and one for the pre tubes. the screws are kinda small so take your time and look good.
     
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    This is correct; you'll have to remove the small plate from underneath the tubes. Best way to access is to sit the amp on your kitchen table so you can actually see underneath. Takes at most 15mins.
     
  5. John Carson

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    Ahhh I didnt look far enough but see the 2 phillips screws now.
    Thanks for the help everyone.
    I like this amp better than the C30 I got earlier this year on clearance from my local GC.
    The sound from the C50 sounds more AC30 meets Fender to my ears anyway.
    :)
     
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    Let me know what tubes you use and your thoughts if you could. I am helping and friend with the same amp soon. Thanks,
     
  7. John Carson

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    Im looking at the tubes now and they are Chinese but I cant make out a particular manufacturer.
    I will probably go with a matched set of JJ's from Eurotubes.

    By the way the speakers have no label on them but it doesnt appear that they have been changed. Has Peavey always used Blue Marvels in the C50?
     
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    I've owned the 50-2x12, 30 and 20. You're right the 50 whoops the 30's ass in the tone dept. No contest. The 50 watt 2x12 is Mohamed Ali, the 30 is Pee Wee Herman.

    Mine was an early 90's and I think it had the Blue Marvel speakers in it, too. People are real eager to swap things in amps. Get some decent tubes in it before spending a pile of cash on speakers. You may just like what you hear.
     
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    after ten years of haveing my classic 50 i swapped the pretubes for electro harmonix and it really made a difference. have messed with the power tubes.
     
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    I had the 4x10 version and mine also did not have labels on the speakers. It was a decent amp as long as you weren't trying to head into hard rock/metal hi gain territory.
     

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