Peavey Classic 50 questions

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  1. handyman11

    handyman11 Silver Supporting Member

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    Have a chance to pick up a fairly new C50 2X12 for abour $325 ....won't get a chance to play it , but had a C30 once ( currently use a Laney PT30 head) ..

    -- Does the C50 sounds like the C30 ? Liked the C30 , sold if for a Zinky a few years back

    -- It say 8/16 ohm cabinets ..would I have to disconnect the 2 Blue Marvel speakers to use an 8 ohm cabinet ?

    -- any other advice about the amp ? ...I like to play 70's 80's classic rock ..thanks in advance
     
  2. SFW

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    C50 is a great amp! I used to play through a C50 head several years ago, and seriously regret selling it. Yes, you would have to disconect the internal speakers to use an 8 ohm cab.
     
  3. Rosewood

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    It sounds basically the same as the c30 with a more headroom.
     
  4. datriani

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    I use to own a C30 and it sounded great, I've played through a C50 and it sounded bigger to me....definitely better. Does the C50 use 2-6L6 or 4-EL84 tubes?

    Either way both are great amps that's without looking at the price tag, but if you do factor in the price, it's an unbelieveable deal.
     
  5. gkoelling

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    I have to disagree. I've owned the Classic 20, 30 1x12 combo and 50, 2x12.

    All of these amps were mine back in the mid 90's but I regularly A/B's the 30 & 50.

    The 50 with 2/12's had a much fuller, richer tone. Much bigger sound over all and it does have a slightly different control panel.

    The 20 & 30 are long gone and my nephew has had the 50 since about '96.

    If I were to buy one of them again, I'd go with the 50 without a second thought. Next to the 50, the 30 was also a little boxy sounding. The 30's a great little amp but nothing compared to the 50.
     
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    +1 The C50 sounds meatier. Maybe its the 2x12 configuration(2 speakers always sound better to me) ,the 4-EL84's being pushed harder or the fact its just a different amp. Bob
     
  8. angelo

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    In the mid 90's I demoed the 50. I wound up going Mark IV. If not, I would have gotten the Peavey.

    It may have 4 X 84's, but I remember a great tone that sure felt like 6L6 power. Again, I don't this to be sure, but tonally, those were my impressions.

    To me, very different from the 30.
     
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    I gigged a Classic 50 4x10 for years. Great amp. The 2x12's rock too!
     
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    I agree with you if your comparing the small 1-12" cab of a c30 to a bigger 2-12' cab of a c50, the main difference is the speakers and cab size. Most all 2-12 cabs sounds bigger than most 1-12 cabs. But if you put the 1-12 extention cab with a c30 you will see the the main difference is headroom.
     
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    Great amp!

    You actually shouldn't run a single 8 ohm cab....the markings are a little confusing. The internal speakers should have a combined load of 16 ohms, so if you were to add a 16 ohm cab you'd have a total 8 ohm load. I was confused when I got mine, but that's what Peavey told me.
     
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    Yeah, I had the matching 1x15 cab back then too. It helped the C30 quite a bit and with the 50, 2x12...OMG!
     
  13. nomadh

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    I have the c50 410. Very high quality feel within its price range. Killer sweet clean. Good gain but always felt a little grainy to me without a TS in front of it. Also very powerful, sometimes too powerful. I got the 30 watt V30 crate that I'm using more currently. Great gain tone and a very good clean. More "Class A" if that really means anything. Its been perfect but I still don't trust the quality as much as the peavey. One way or another you should be able to use an 8 ohm cab but not at the same time as the 16 ohm speakers. If you leave the 16 ohm connected and add another 16 ohm external you get the 8 in parallel and the jack switches to the 8 ohm tap. I have run mine with only an 8 ohm plugged in. It works well so far. I'm still not sure if it switched to the 8 ohm tap without some sort of dummy plug in the 16 ohm input. Can't tell you much about the c30 unfortunately. I didn't like that the tubes are so exposed and no master vol (I think). No one has ever faulted its tone. I do know I liked the c30 delta blues with the tremolo and 15" so I suspect I'd like the c30 also very much tonewise.
    Clean wise my c50 is shiny sparkly glassy and my crate is more a warm tinted glassy sound.
     
  14. Phil M

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    I often hear people talk about the Classic 30 1x12. Nice amp, but I owned the Classic 50 2x12 for awhile back in the early-mid '90s. Nice amp and bigger, fuller tones than the 30. Mine had four EL84s in the power section--I think they all did.

    I'd definitely own that one again, especially for cheap and assuming all was on the up and up.
     
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    IMHO Classic 50-212 is one of the all-time great mass-produced American tube amps. Not the most 3D cleans, but the drive channel is absolutely fantastic. It also takes pedals extremely well.

    Great amp!
     
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    They weigh a ton though!

    I had one for about a month until my arm nearly broke off trying to lug it up and down stairs.
     
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    Is it really that heavy compared to other 50s? I think my c50 410 should be heavier that the 212 but I think mine is about 60 lbs. Isn't that similar to the fender hotrod or most other 50/60 watt amps? I do much prefer my crate 30 if I need to haul it around.
     

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