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Vintage Peavey Bravo 112 All Tube Amp25 LOUD WATTS, 1x12' SPEAKER. TWO CHANNELS, ONE CLEAN ONE GAIN. SEPARATE EQ AND GAIN FOR EACH CHANNEL. NORMAL AND HI-GAIN INPUTS. EFFECTS LOOP SEND AND RETURN. SPRING REVERB. (USES TWO BUTTON FOOTSWITCH, NOT INCLUDED)
(3) 12AX7 Pre-Amp Tubes
(2) EL84 Power Amp Tubes
AMP HAS NEW TUBES AND SOUNDS GREAT! YOU CAN GET EXCELLENT CLEAN AND OVERDRIVEN SOUNDS THAT REACT TO HOW YOU ATTACK THE STRINGS ON YOUR GUITAR. LOUD ENOUGH TO PLAY MOST ANYWHERE. SPRING REVERB WORKS BUT SOMETIMES FEEDBACKS AT LEVELS OVER FOUR (4) ON THE REVERB EFFECTS KNOB (MICROPHONIC). THIS AMP HAS NEVER LET ME DOWN IN ANY PRACTICE OR PERFORMANCE! IF YOU ARE WANTING A GREAT TUBE AMP SOUND THIS AMP WILL MEET AND EXCEED ALL OF YOUR EXPECTATIONS!
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Sound Quality : 10One thing that got me on this amp is the fantastic clean channel - it's superb. Drive channel is very 'Amaerican Metal' ie in your face overdriven hard rock fuzz. This can be tamed a bit by tube selection, but if overdone can be pretty fuzzy. Reverb is decent but don't go over 5-6, after that it doesn't sound right. When cranked on clean channel with a good humbucker equipped guitar this baby really comes into its own. I find that minimal pedals are required with this amp - let the tubes do the talking.
Overall Rating : 10I have owned one of everything over the last 40 years, and I gig a few times a month regularly. Fender, Marshall, Crate, Mesa, etc, all of them. The Bravo & Peavey Classic 30 are my main amps because they sound like I want to hear them and cost next to nothing. I have boutique amp owners ask about my amp and compliment my tone all the time. They are always shocked to find out it's a Peavey Bravo. Once I tamed the gain, this amp is a BEAST! Like someone else said, I'll buy every one I can find for these prices. Just a few tweaks and this amp is AWESOME!
Features : 102 Channel Tube Combo with 3x12AX7 Preamp and 2xEL84 Poweramp Tubes. The Channels (clean/drive) have independent 3band eq's and volume/gain. Reverb and Channels are switchable with a footswitch.
The amp produces 22W, loud enough for every situation. That's all what I want from a lightweight combo amp.
Sound Quality : 10Play a 89 Strat plus with gold lace sensors and a PRS Santana SE with stock humbuckers and a Steinberger (black paddel) with EMGs (S S H). This amp likes them all.
Last week I bought my second Bravo 112 and this amp are the best, I ever owned. The Sound ist EL84. The clean channel is fender like and very versatile tweakable with the excellent eq and a bright switch, that gives the clean sound more sparkling highs. You can get a light powertube crunch with volume is past 3oclock. Very bluesy. The little wattage and the EL84 tubes makes this amp sound warm with a wonderful powertube drive especially on the second channel. This channel is between marshall crunch and higain and sounds excelent too. It is a very versatile channel. The gain and eq lets find you very much usable fantastic overdriven sounds.
22 W, beleave me, this is pure tube watt an it is very loud in both channels with enough headroom for the clean sounds of channel 1.
I changed the stock tubes with EL84 groove tubes. Great. Youn need no bias change.
Reliability : 10Seems to be very reliable. The tubes are in a closed carrier. Much better protected as in the most tubeamps I know. There is a little ventilator in it for cooling the electric components.
No rattle or other noises even with high volume.
Customer Support : No Opinionnever need customer support. Peavey has a good WEB Page and there is a helpful Userforum.
Overall Rating : 10I play for 25 Years all styles of modern music from Rock/Blues to Funk/Jazz. I have owned many different and sometimes very expensive amps (Fender, other Peavey, Accoustic, Laney, Marshall, Boogie and Polytone). I have compared the Bravo with many other lowwattage tubeamps from 15-30Watt. The Bravo sounds best and I will buy a third one if there is one used on the market. I know some other Peavey amps. I dont like this amps very much but the Bravo 112 is awesome and in my oppinion one of the best little combos ever build. At least the price makes this amp unbelievable!
Features : 9These are early-mid 90s amps. They have the old-style, indestructible Peavey packaging. Ugly as sin and heavy as hell. Thats the downside of the features thing. Everything else is the upside, except maybe for the lame reverb, which isn't all that bad, really. Two very different channels, lots and lots of gain on both channels. Very sensitive volume and tone controls on both channels. Very sensitive preamp circuits that make it a blast to use a good overdrive / boost & cut pedal. By the way, the stock speaker is just okay...same with the stock tubes...nothing special. Get a Vintage 30 or an Eminence Legend V 12 in the amp with a re-fit of good quality tubes (like I did)and you will have an amp that can easily run with the big dogs, No shit.
Sound Quality : 9I drill into this thing with Hamers, equipped with stock humbuckers. I use Fender strats, too. Everybody raves about the Marshall-like tone and distortion of the distortion channel, which is true but I am in LOVE with the clean channel's Fender Super Reverb vibe that can be dialed in with real authority, depending on the tools available. I use a BOSS ME 10 (old unit from the 80s, I think) but any other similar unit would do, probably. I only use the ME 10's EQ function and output level control to drive the clean / distortion channels. The ME 10 has a "unity gain" of 5 on the output level, even though it goes higher than 5. I use it at an output level of 2.1, 2.6 and 3.2 to drive the preamp on the clean channel, using the high gain input with the amp's channel volume at 10 all the time. The dimed channed takes advantage of the amp's output-stage distortion, which sounds very cool. With the ME 10's output on 2.1 the Bravo does a respectable job of reproducing a clean Super Reverb tone, when EQ'd right. Up the ME 10's output level to 2.6 and you start dipping into that back-and-forth output stage distortion-very pick attack sensitive. It's really just wonderful to hear. At levels above 3.0 on the ME 10, you get that blunted, creamy distortion that decays into a nice, clean, sustained tail with single notes and chords. At these levels, bcking off the volume works to clean things up nicely. Lemme tell ya...it's all kinds of fun watching the look on peoples' faces when they see the Peavey nameplate on the amp and then get an earful of the killer tones this amp puts out at nice, medium to loud volume levels. Since there are no tubes visible in the back (They're inside the amp chassis) I tell people it's another Peavey Solid State clunker. You wouldn't believe how it freaks people out! This amp has tone that kills if you know what you're doing. Even the volume control changes the timbre of this amp. Now, as for the distortion channel...Mr. Marshall lives there. No doubt. Enough Gain for anyone. Good EQ. Reverb isn't good past 3. Overall, this is a nice, small, loud, tone machine.
Reliability : 9Take good care of it and it will take good care of you. Jacks are PCB muonted and may crack solder joints. I re-did all of my jack connections and I baby them. There is a tiny fan blowing over the tubes, which is a good idea. I never had any problem with mine.
Customer Support : 10Don't need it but Peavey is the best. I have a few other Peavey amps and they treat you like a king when you write or call. Excellent company to deal with and they KNOW their shit, too.
Overall Rating : 10I own three other Peavey amps, all solid state, all Transtube. They are good amps but nothing sounds as good as this little Bravo. I'll probably buy at least one more. At $200 plus another 100-150 for new tubes and a quality speaker you have an amp that rivals the $1000 price range units. It's a no-brainer. Overall, it's a fantastic value for the money. I have to say it's a 10 for being such a great sounding amp for next to nothing.
Sound Quality : 10I know what you're thinking, but I have to give the amp a "10" in this category. I'm sorry, but I gotta. The amp might not be exactly a "10" in the category of "all amps of all time", but since it blows away almost all of the boutique amps I've tried (a Peavey of all things), I had to do it. It eats up everything currently made in the mid-price territory (Rivera, Marshall, Boogie), and a lot of upper boutique models as well. Especially when you consider what they're going for. The catch is that they don't make them anymore, so you have to hunt for used ones (I think Hartley only made them for two or three years).
The clean channel is Volume, Bass, Middle, and Treble. The sound is clean and bell-like (though a little dark unless the bright switch is on, which I think only affects this channel). It only starts to break up around halfway and over, and even then only if your pickups are kind of hot. But, if you want the sound for soft SRV ballads like "Lenny" and "Riviera Paradise", or for almost acoustic-like clean parts (it's incredible for bright country licks or dark, smoky jazz stuff), or even for Eric Johnson-esque clean stuff, then this is the kind of clean channel you want. It sounds a little stiff at lower volumes, and fattens up at higher volumes, but it rarely if ever gets flubby sounding. Just keep that bright switch on and you'll be okay. Also remember to CHANGE THAT SPEAKER! The stock Scorpion or BW doesn't sound real good at all. Mine was changed to a VHT Pitbull 50 and it's great, and still fairly light. Others have used Celestion Vintage 30s to rave reviews. Or maybe you have a favorite.
The overdrive channel, however, is where this thing shines. Never have I been able to get so many different overdrive sounds out of one channel, and all of them are great. With the gain halfway or a little over, you can get a plethora of sounds, depending on your guitar volume and pickup settings (you can set this one up so you can leave it and "channel surf with your hands"). This works especially well if you have a guitar with single-coils and humbuckers. I've never had an anp that, with very little change on the amp song to song (usually no change), every cover tune we do sounds about right in the tone department. Skynyrd sounds like Rossington, Collins, and Gaines; SRV sounds like Stevie (as well as can be for a small combo); Deep Purple sounds like Blackmore (better, sometimes); etc. With a slight bit more gain, you can do early Van Halen no problem (remember, this is a 1x12 combo, but still, even then...) Bottom line, it lets the song you want to play come out, rather than restricting it, and it's all "musical" gain - i.e., it doesn't sound buzzy and raspy and thin. With the gain all the way up and a bridge humbucker, you can nail Joe Satriani and Modern Van Halen stuff, or even Pantera type things. Also, this is the closest I've gotten to Eric Johnson's fabled lead tone in any combo amp (and I've owned Bogners before).
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