Anyone interested in getting into a great amp but can't decide which way to go should definitely check out the Vypyr 120. This powerful amp combines several different styles of amps with great durability and interconnectivity with the computer. A great deal for anybody!
Hi Gain Models fantastic
This is now 2011. I have 3 Vypers. One tube.
I am now at version 1.7 for my firmware. I mostly play High Gain.
Mostly the Rectifier Model. The gentleman is right. The cleans are fantastic and the ability to mold your sound is endless. I made my 60watt tube into a head.
I have never been so happy with an amp in my life. The left side of the dial is fantastic. If you don't play high gain then you wouldn't like it. The noise gate issue is addressed and gone. I play almost silent on the rectifier when not playing. I laugh when I hit a chord and people jump. So don't be put off by the other reviewer regarding the gain channels.
I use this amp exclusively now and have been selling off my other amps because the sound, ease of use and flexibility can't be beat.
Mine is a head now. I play a 4 x12 with three Emi Governor's and one Emi Swamp Thang and I would put it against anything. Simply Amazing.
No, I don't work for Peavey and I don't know anyone there either.
For gigging this is now worthy with the updates. You don't know what you are missing.
VYPYR TUBE 120
This is a follow-up to my July 2009 review. I have performed the "firmware" down load into my VYPYR. It cleared up most of my issues. This amp has the best tone that I have ever plugged into. And, with all the 'whistles and bells" you'd have to spend four times the price to get anything better. In fact, I'm anxiously awaiting the delivery of the new VYPYR TUBE 120H.
Peavey Vypyr Tube 120
I got the amp in early 2009. It's "clean" settings are the best. In fact, I get the best tones from my Am. Deluxe Tele, that I've ever gotten from ANY amp. The "OD" settings are mostly garbage. However, the amp is very, very versatile, as long as you stay with the clean settings. The "amp" settings - on the left of the dial - are pretty much useless (even in clean). The "bank" and "preset" buttons are extremely difficult to access, located directly under the "stomp box"; "amp"; and "effects" knobs. I wish they were larger and more accessible. The amp is extremely noisy - when not being played. I must back off the Sanparp volume peddle between songs. I hope Peavey comes up with some fixes, and gives them to their customers. I'm considering getting the Vypyr Tube H - to use with my JBL D120 enclosure. Don't get me wrong, this is a GREAT amp and I plan to keep using it, in spite of the negatives.
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.