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Peavey ValveKing 212 Combo Amp

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At the heart of the all-tube Peavey ValveKing 212 is a patent-pending, Class A/B Texture control that allows variable selection and combination of Class A and Class AB power structures. This gives you... Click To Read More About This Product

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At the heart of the all-tube Peavey ValveKing 212 is a patent-pending, Class A/B Texture control that allows variable selection and combination of Class A and Class AB power structures. This gives you the ability to coax a wide range of tones out of the ValveKing 212. It features 12AX7 preamp and 6L6GC power amp tubes; specially voiced 12" ValveKing speakers; 2 footswitchable channels with independent 3-band EQ and volume; footswitchable boost on the lead channel; global resonance, presence, and reverb controls; a buffered effects loop; and dual speaker jacks in parallel.

FEATURES

  • 100W all-tube power
  • Texture variable Class A/B simulation control
  • 2 footswitchable channels
  • EQ and volume for each channel
  • Footswitchable gain/volume boost on lead channel
  • 2 - 12" ValveKing speakers
  • Reverb with level control
  • Buffered effects loop
  • Resonance and presence controls
  • Dual speaker jacks in parallel
  • 4 - 6L6GC power amp tubes
  • 3 - 12AX7 preamp tubes
  • 4, 8, or 16 ohms
  • 26-1/2"W x 20-3/5"H x 11-1/10"D
  • 68-1/2 lbs.
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4.6

(based on 32 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Killer amp

I wanted to get a Mesa or something, but pretty out of my price range, so i decided to settle for this amp. Now, even if i had the money, i wouldnt...Read complete review

I wanted to get a Mesa or something, but pretty out of my price range, so i decided to settle for this amp. Now, even if i had the money, i wouldnt trade up this amp for any other 2x12. First off, its loud. I run it at about 2 1/2 outta 10 and its the perfect level to match my drummer, and everyone in my small basement during rehearsals. I tried it at 3/10 and it was overpowering. Second, you can get some sick tones out of this. I crank my mids up, with the gain at about 7 and there can't be anything better for punk rock. I can scoop the mids, put the gain at 10 and it has a killer metal tone. Then i can back off on the gain and get an amazing blues tone. Another thing is the 'Presence' knob, which is almost like the tone knob on your guitar but without the hum, its a beautiful addition. The class a/ab control is nice too, cleaning up any muddiness. Only cons are that it's pretty noisy, giving me some mad feedback and hum, but thats partly my old pickups in my epiphone LP, and partly the small room. New pickups and a gate, I'm dead sure I wont have that problem. For the price, this amp is unbeatable. The 5 year warranty got me smiling, and i'm pretty sure I wont need to use it either. If it were stolen, Id replace in a heartbeat. It's not the most pristine amp, but I do punk, I didn't want a pretty sound. It's mean, aggressive, and can scream. Buy it

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not a bad tube amp.

I bought this amp when I needed to downgrade from large Marshall 4x12 stacks. It had a lot of the same features as the JCM2000 DSL 2x12 combo (which I can no longer find...Read complete review

I bought this amp when I needed to downgrade from large Marshall 4x12 stacks. It had a lot of the same features as the JCM2000 DSL 2x12 combo (which I can no longer find online) but for 1/3 the price. I have now owned the Amp for 10 years.
Overall the clean sound has some crystal clears. but the overdrive has a bit to be desired. It does not sound like a traditional tube amp. There's a certain warmth and sweet spot from tube amps that I have a hard time dialing into.
The features are all great, the 2nd channel boost, FX loop (if you use them), Presence and Resonance features, line outs, reverbs and such.
The 100w is a monster for volume, although I have never yet needed it...
cons: the Amp is Sooooo heavy hard to crate around, and the controls are a bit much if you are a beginner, although seems pretty common to most High-End tube amps.
I get a pretty good sound with external pedals (which people do use) I know there are a few 'mods' that can be done to the Amp to changes its dynamics but I don't want to mess around with the circuit board.
So in conclusion for the price if you want a tube amp its definitely worth it, but if you have been playing for awhile I'm sure you would want to save up and get something different.

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(42 of 58 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWESOME AMP!

By StratGuy221

from Anthem, AZ

This amp is totally amazing. I have owned it for about a moonth now and i have not had a problem yet.The tone is great. A great feature is a "boost" button, this is for the drive channel and gives you extra gain. There is also a button for the clean channel that makes the tone very bright and it sounds awesome.Overall this amp is extremely versatile and can play almost any genre of music. Get this amp! it is totaly amazing for the price that you pay.

(16 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Going for tone without going broke

By Tone without compromise and without a lotta bucks

from Laurel, Maryland

Warning: My playing style is jazzified cross-over country-western with latin/Brazilian undertones and rhythms, but HEAVY on jazz sound. That being said, I had been looking for a moderate-wattage amp for about a month. As I was about to purchase the Randall's RG100G3--with that MOSFET technology--I plugged into a Peavey 212 100w Valveking. Stop the presses! To be sure I was sane, I went over to the ol' Fender combos and found that I had been presented with the amp I was searching for. If you're moving toward or currently playing jazz at larger venues, and you're searching for a decent amp without blowing your entire tax refund, you should give this amp serious consideration. I've owned it for two months now--wasn't going to halo-effect this amp by gushing the same day I bought it--and am so pleased. Imagine my surprise when the price tag was mis-marked to the tune of $75 cheaper. So, I could spend about a manhour's worth more money than the innovative Randall and get a fully-tubed (3 pre-amp, 4 power tubes), sweet-sounding Peavey.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredable..$600?

By BobbyFitleburg12

from United States

Thhis amp is fantastic. Its got 7 tubes, 2 12inch speakers, 2 channles with SEPERATE EQ's, reverd and 100 watts all tube power, not to mention the class A/B knob function. All that for 600? Now you could have all that and have terrable sound, not in this case. The cleans are easily comparable to some fender amps. (But then again its always based on opinions and what you like) The distorion is exellent. You can get Black Sabbath, zeppelin, aerosmith, alice cooper, hendrix,guns n roses, metalica and the list goes on. It is superb sounding in every way, build very well, is 100% tube and 100 watts. For me that is pretty much perfect. Thanks peavey!

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Killer amp

By SVD

from lima, oh

I wanted to get a Mesa or something, but pretty out of my price range, so i decided to settle for this amp. Now, even if i had the money, i wouldnt trade up this amp for any other 2x12. First off, its loud. I run it at about 2 1/2 outta 10 and its the perfect level to match my drummer, and everyone in my small basement during rehearsals. I tried it at 3/10 and it was overpowering. Second, you can get some sick tones out of this. I crank my mids up, with the gain at about 7 and there can't be anything better for punk rock. I can scoop the mids, put the gain at 10 and it has a killer metal tone. Then i can back off on the gain and get an amazing blues tone. Another thing is the 'Presence' knob, which is almost like the tone knob on your guitar but without the hum, its a beautiful addition. The class a/ab control is nice too, cleaning up any muddiness. Only cons are that it's pretty noisy, giving me some mad feedback and hum, but thats partly my old pickups in my epiphone LP, and partly the small room. New pickups and a gate, I'm dead sure I wont have that problem. For the price, this amp is unbeatable. The 5 year warranty got me smiling, and i'm pretty sure I wont need to use it either. If it were stolen, Id replace in a heartbeat. It's not the most pristine amp, but I do punk, I didn't want a pretty sound. It's mean, aggressive, and can scream. Buy it

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Headroom and Aggression

By Steven

from Lima, OH

First off this amp has the power to do any small venue, overpowers a drummer if you dial it past 3. The Clean channel does not break up until you really push it. The lead channel is quite pointless without having the boost button on, but with it you'll have the perfect gain to do blues or punk. If you want some metal tones, you'll have to get a booster of some sort, the Rocktron Nitro works great, then it saturates and has one of the most Aggressive sounds imaginable. But the Effects loop has its issues, you can't daisy chain the power cord of pedals from the effects loop to a pedal that's in the line in, grounding issues maybe, and it has problems addressing volume in it too. But it's manageable. The only other con is that you're running 100 watts of tube power through 2 speakers, massive power for any speakers so an external cabinet is very important if you intend to really turn it up. The Valveking is a great amp for the money, and with the right adjustments it DOES sound like a Marshall cranked to 10 at only 3, so whether you get the head or the combo, you'll be satisfied.

(12 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Tone - Great Value

By Bluedot

from Raleigh, NC

There are a lot of great tube amps out on the market and you can spend a huge amount of money. If you are looking for outstanding tone, flexibility in your tonal range, and not looking to break the bank then the Valveking is the one to go with. I tested a handful of tube amps and in the end chose the 212 Peavey Valveking as it delivered the goods. Does it have amazing tone - Yes!!!! One thing that I was looking to avoid was just buying an amp that is just loud. Now, this amp will wake up your neighbors that live around the block but at high volume the tone is great so they will be happy and not annoyed at the early wake up call. At low volumes its awesome too. With a master and gain you can keep the rich tube tone hot at a low volume so you can jam out anytime of day. Bottom line - you have to try it to know if its the right tone for you. This class A/B combo is a steal for the money.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Somw days I love it Some days i hate it

By Casey

from Lake Ozark Mo

Great amp for the money. I have onwed it for three years, but have replaced tubes twice and i am careful on warming and cooling the tubes. Also after putting new tubes in the other day the imput jack broke. How? Because they are plastic. Very iritating sometimes but hey for the cash this thing rocks. Loud as hell and great cleans. Buy it but be ready for some pretty regular maintainance,

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Faulty soldier points

By GEB

from Rugged Pacific NorthWest

Beware----Warning; Albeit these amps are hella loud and of general good quality, be advised that I own TWO of them and have had problems in both at the "cheesy plastic cased input jacks"! The jacks (primarily input #1) have had cold/failed soldier joints to the board, VERY embarrasing in live situations! I have repaired both amps and suggest new buyers to test them before purchase. I have written to Peavey about this with,,you guessed it,,,NO REPLY. Even the lock nuts are plastic! One amp came with SOVTEC's, the other with RUBY's. Explain that one. And the red LED is brite enough to be seen from the moon! You can't change the lens because the LED itself is red. Other than that,,,,,the amp is okay.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Amp in the Price Range

By Dan

from Binghamton, NY

I bought this amp about a year ago and couldn't be more satisfied. The tone can go anyplace you want it to. The clean channel is immaculate, and the "bright" switch really brings out that twang- good for blues and country. The overdrive channel has a nice sound to it and is perfect for both hard rock and blues (although metalheads might be disappointed by the amount of gain). Texture controls allow you to manipulate the overall drive behind the speakers. And did I mention how loud the thing is? Perfect for medium and small size venues, and about as dependable as they come. I would recommend this amplifier to anyone, it's quality is unbeatable.

(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

peavey does it again

By thedimlights

from Las Vegas, NV

this is the first tube amp i've ever owned. i have played a bunch. i compared this amp with all the other 2x12 combos out there currently on the market. this one blows them all away. there are no cheesey built in digital effects. there is just pure tube power. i have played peaveys since i can remember and this one is the absolute king of them all. there are so many tones you can get out of this thing it constantly amazes me. nothing compare to this thing the one draw back if there is any is the foot switch.....i had to special order it and its still not in....not a big deal though. well worth your money if you are looking for something that can produce 100w of pure tube power pused through 2 12" speakers your teeth will rattle at 3.....good job peavey

(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW, Great first tube amp

By Gibsonboy

from none of your buisness

I had been looking at this bad boys 50 watt cousin online for a while but when I went to Guitar Center to try it the one speaker didn't sound as full as the two. So I came home with this one. What a great choice! The tone is magnificent especially on the clean channel around 5-10. But let me tell you this baby is so loud when it's on 10 it knocked out one of the light from the ceiling. The cabinet feels as strong as an ox, and this is a GREAT BUY!

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awsome Deal!

By peaveyman

from Ontairo Canada

I bought this amp about 3 months ago, and haven't had a single problem, it sounds really good. I mean it doesnt sound as good as a krank or mesa, but if you want a krank or mesa then your gunna spend like 3x the price. It is an amazing amp for under $1000. I tried plenty of other amps and this beat all the ones in the price range. Its really heavy and only has one handle and no casters, that kinda sucks but, its worth carrying it. It will over power the drums with teh volume at about 3 on clean. And you have tonnes of head room. I havent been able to turn the clean up loud enough for it to distort.

(2 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

I'v heard better

By ARG

from America

i have used this amp before, and I flat out do not like it, i think it would be good if you used effects pedals like the ML-2 metalcore, but this amp has the worst tone and distortion ever, it sounds like a cardboard box in my opinion. seriously, im not lovin this amp at all.

(2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

eh

By SRVman555

from Chicago, IL

When I have heard about Peavey amps from the start, I thought they would have great quality. Once I played a Peavey, I knew I thought wrong. The amp kept squeeling after a simple switch on anything. My brother's amp was fine but mine was broken. The sound coming out wasn't all that great either, Get a Fender Tube amp, they sound better.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You really can't go wrong with the ValveKing 212

By T. Bone Rare

from Tucson, Arizona

I am very pleased with the overall performance of this amp. I get all the sounds and tones I was expecting paired with a Fender Srat. This amp has a really BIG sound. I have continually run the amp in the class A/B High Output Mode using the Texture control on the back of the amp. You will be happy with this amp. Any additional pedals or effects are just iceing on the cake. At this time, I really don't have the need for added effects, but like I said anything additional would be just for the players taste and not the lack of tone or sound. Great bass reflex and midrange with very powerful highs. It could make your ears bleed. I love it and am very happy to own it. I have played 3 to 4 hours a day for the last 45 days. No problems so far.

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

anything but this

By bob

from des moines

If you want good distortion DO NOT buy this amp. some people say you"ll need a pedal but an amp like this shouldn't need one, I mean c'mon who uses distortions pedals now a days? i am not impressed and i wasted $600. save up more $ and buy a marhsall, mesa, bogner, anything but this one!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not a bad tube amp.

By Jeffrix

from UT

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Powerful

Cons

  • Difficult To Use
  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

I bought this amp when I needed to downgrade from large Marshall 4x12 stacks. It had a lot of the same features as the JCM2000 DSL 2x12 combo (which I can no longer find online) but for 1/3 the price. I have now owned the Amp for 10 years.
Overall the clean sound has some crystal clears. but the overdrive has a bit to be desired. It does not sound like a traditional tube amp. There's a certain warmth and sweet spot from tube amps that I have a hard time dialing into.
The features are all great, the 2nd channel boost, FX loop (if you use them), Presence and Resonance features, line outs, reverbs and such.
The 100w is a monster for volume, although I have never yet needed it...
cons: the Amp is Sooooo heavy hard to crate around, and the controls are a bit much if you are a beginner, although seems pretty common to most High-End tube amps.
I get a pretty good sound with external pedals (which people do use) I know there are a few 'mods' that can be done to the Amp to changes its dynamics but I don't want to mess around with the circuit board.
So in conclusion for the price if you want a tube amp its definitely worth it, but if you have been playing for awhile I'm sure you would want to save up and get something different.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent

By Tom

from Denver, CO

I've owned mine for about a year and have grown to love it. It's very versatile, dependable, and perfect for the clubber/pro. I play a 335 and a Strat and found this amp allows the characteristics of each of my guitars to shine. Versatility is enormous. Clean, Lead channel, with my effects processor looped, and I haven't found a tone or sound I couldn't get. It's Tube amp weighty, but well worth the back strain. Unfortunately, the foot switch is not included, but is a worthwhile add-on to take full advantage of the amp, especially live. Take a look at this amp, play with the settings and you'll find an amp well worth the price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Valveking 212

By Joe McC

from Champlin, MN

Picked one of these up used about two months ago at my local Guitar Center. I had been looking at this and many other amps before finally deciding on the Valveking. I won't tell you that I just plugged it in and got exactly the sound that I wanted, but with some playing I have gotten a really sick tone out of the thing. I'm really picky, so for it to even get close(which it has FAR exceeded my expectations) to what I want is pretty incredible. I would like a bit more gain during some lead parts(need a new OD to push it over the edge) and new speakers and a noise gate would help too. Other than that, this thing is awesome. Specially for the price

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No, no, no...

By Juan Rodriguez

from Miami, Florida

I've had this amp for a year and I think its getting better every month. The real reason I'm writing this review is to let everyone know that if you think its distortion sucks, like all the reviews with less than 5 stars, or that then only good thing it has is the clean channel you are more than wrong. I play old school thrash metal, and metal in general, and I'm in love with this distortion. That being said I do use a pedal to tight the distortion up, an OD (Full volume, no gain, play with the tone knob to taste), and I've read thousands of times that with a 10 band EQ pedal you can make it shine like a $1,000 head so I'm getting MXR 10 Band EQ to nail my tone, but that's it, this is THE amp for rehearsal and small venues.

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