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Peavey Vypyr Tube 120 Review

Vypyr120

This is a great amp for the value-minded customer. It is sturdy, easy to use, versatile, and sounds great.

My first impression of the Vypyr 120 was when I tried to lift it. That amp was extraordinarily heavy. Naturally, a smile crossed my face because heavy is really good in high quality audio gear, and very heavy is even better. I plugged in my Fender Telecaster and strummed a few chords, and was again pleased by the volume that came out. As any good amp should be, it was loud.

After getting a feel for it, I started adjusting the knobs, which changed the sound. It may seem quaint, but it can be surprising how subtle changes sometimes are. The knobs were easy to grab onto and turn, very handy for a gigging musician, and LEDs were used to signify the choice instead of a rotary dial. This makes it not only easy to see in a dark area, but also impossible to tamper with the settings while the amp is turned off. The Vypyr has three main knobs that control the overall amp, one each for stompboxes, amp, and effects, as well as post and pre gain knobs and three EQ knobs. All of this allows for quick and easy adjusting. Four preset buttons are also on the front for quick and painless instant switching.

This is a great amp for the value-minded customer. It is sturdy, easy to use, versatile, and sounds great. And it doubles as an audio interface via the USB connection on the front panel. If you want to add foot controllability, the Sanpera II is designed as the companion to the Vypyr series. Simply connect a MIDI cable, which also powers the foot board, and get busy jamming.

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