As I mentioned, I think gear tends to choose us. I was doing a NAMM show back in the mid 80s with Steve Smith’s Vital Information. Tim Landers was the bassist at that time and a Peavey endorser, so Peavey supplied the back line for the performances. They brought in a Peavey Stereo Chorus 400 2×12 combo for me to play through and it was love at first sound! Peavey was nice enough to supply me with two of them and up until last year I have used those amps on most of my gigs and recording sessions. There are always times when you are going for a particular thing in the studio where you need to use an special amp to get it, but for the most part, I used the Peavey in the studio as well. After many years, my battle worn Peaveys spend as much time in the shop as they do on the road. Don’t get me wrong, they are very durable, but also very old. The amp is also very heavy, so I cut one up to use as a head for the road, but it’s still 70 lbs in the case. Fast forward to NAMM 2010. I was there to do a performance for TC Electronic with Minh Doky and I ran into Hadrien Feraud, who is a Mark Bass endorser. He asked me to come and play with him at Mark’s booth. So, I plugged into their new DV Mark 2×12 40 watt combo. Again, love at first sound! This is a tube amp that weighs 35 lbs., but I don’t want you to think the weight is the big thing for me, it’s all about the sound. I have been using this amp on tour and in the studio ever since. It has a very warm, smooth sound for a tube amp and some really cool features, such as a tube driven spring reverb, and continuous power control which allows you to actually reduce the wattage of the amp. I’m not a big fan of overly distorting the preamp, so this is a great feature to help you control your overall levels. So, you see, it’s all about the relationship between the amp, guitar, and me. The Peavey is old technology solid state (which I far prefer to newer solid state amps, many of which are designed to be cost effective) and the DV Mark is a tube amp. The problem I have found with “high end” tube amps is that it’s hard to control the high end. Pun intended. Most guitarists I know get great sounds from them. They just don’t work as well for me. One last thing about one of my Peaveys. I was touring europe with Marcus Miller back in 2005. I used to keep one of my amps at a studio in Bonn, Germany, so when I went to Europe I would have my sound. A year later, I called the studio and told them that I would be needing it and they told me that it never made it back. These things happen to gear on the road. Things sometimes get lost , misplaced , or stolen. It’s in a silver case with my name on it, so if you are in Europe and you happen to see it, give me a shout!more
You can make any sound/tone you want with this amp. Its super clean and shapeable. I love jazz and this amp has amazing sound detail and range, base mid and high. If you get a chance to get one, grab it. The chorus is cool and works well but I don't play with effects or pedals. If I suck I want to hear it so that I can improve. Distortion not great, but again I don't care. Some people say these amps have an 80's tone, but I don't. It is so shapeable you can get any tone you want from it. Sounds great at low volume for practice and it has more than enough power to play out. I had a red knob twin that had no low volume capabilties. Its a real spring tank reverb and its superb. Build quality is great and its made in the usa.
A very versatile amp with lots of power and volume. This thing is built like a tank and is probably in the same weight class as the aforementioned vehicle. Built in reverb and chorus/vibrato has managed to allow me to cut down the size of my effects chain as has the amount of control that this amp gives you over the EQ. An arrangement of three knobs controlling five aspects of EQ allow for a control of sound rarely seen in an amp. "Pullout" knobs also toggles "thickness" ,which is a sixth aspect of EQ, and "brightness" off or on. The first channel offers a "saturation" setting which mimics the texture of sound and the dynamics you would get from a tube driven amp and does a good job of it. It's not perfect, but will often leave you questioning if you are using a solid state amp. Finally, there is the build quality. I mentioned that it was heavy earlier, but I've had mine since 1986 and it was my Dad's a year or so prior to that. I'm writing this in 2018 and the only thing that I can tell is wrong with it is a few pots have gotten scratchy and I did have to switch the speakers out in 2000. If a few extra pounds is the price to pay for that type of longevity then I'll take it. The only bad thing I can think of is that the footswitch is a vital piece for this amp. Without it you cannot change channels or turn the effects (reverb, chorus/vibrato) off or on. Also, I do wish that the chorus and vibrato could be run independently, but with so much else going on with this amp the point is easily forgiven. There is an effects loop (2 of them actually, one for each channel) but they require TRS cables to use them and I believe that both require effects to be capable of sending and receiving 1 volt. Meaning that mostly only professional grade rack effects will work . The loop can also bypass the preamp stage by just pushing the jack into the first click so you can use your own preamp that way. Which I haven't tried, yet but plan on doing as soon as I find a proper preamp pedal. All in all? This 130 watt, stereo cabinet is a beast. With low and high gain inputs and so much range in EQ shaping it will fit to any guitar you can put in front of it. It'll be in my arsenal for the rest of my days.