Excelent for home recording
I had an old "Crate" Amp from way back in the day and it started to die on me, I use to just try to mic it.
It started to die one function at a time. Good sounding amp. I needed a replacement and decided to go with a tube amp. Boutique amp.
As many do , I searched the internet and especially my friends at Sweetwater. Testimonials and DEMOs only tell what they are intended for.
So I decided on the Peavey Valveking II , For my home recording studio. This was perfect for me. The features are perfect. DI with USB, Cab Simulation, Attenuator down to 1 watt, Speaker defeat.
First the shipping was crazy fast. The packing and delivery notice was way more than my expectation. I am not sure how they do it for free.
I kept the all the shipping supplies after hearing the amp for the first time. It sounded "well" ( flat and soulless), not my expectation for a tube amp., which I thought would be warm and extended.
After the 3rd day of putting it though it's paces, it was a joyful experience. The tender and sound was alive, and articulated the guitar I was playing , whether it was my Les Paul or Fender Strat . I was not aware that the speaker had to be broken in "as it were".
A warning to ALL give your new purchase some time to before sending it back.
I got the boutique features for a great price. It suited all my needs and then some.
lets get on to the specifics for me.
Attenuator, great for hearing loud at 20 watts, 5w and 1w. great for a small home studio. I get to hear
the Lion roar if needed for inspiration.
The MSDI, is impeccable , allows me to use speaker defeat, in order to record silently and still get all the function of the amplifier.
Cab Simulation, allows me to use speaker defeat . Now I can Mic the cab, and use the Cab simulate at the same time to record, allowing me to put changes from one or the other.
How good is that!!! Great to enhance the sound for one track such as reverb
It has a dummy load ( speaker defeat ) that is great when I want to record late at night. No Sound out just head phones.
Good build , great features, perfect for my needs .
Oh by the way the old "Crate" amp " had a pair of Cestrion GL8-35 4 ohm speakers. I gutted the old transistors assembly, and will wire up for an extension speaker to my new Peavey Valveking II Combo 20 .
Turn on the speaker defeat and let it roll over to the extension speaker.
I do like the current speakers 12 inch, but would like the expansion and availability of extension speakers . Tube sound back to my old Transistor speakers.
This has been a great experience.