Review: Peavey Vypyr Valve 60 Watt Combo

DSP + Tubes = perfection?   07-Jul-10

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Rob Chappers takes a look at the Peavey Vyper 60 Valve combo. This little beast packs the brains of a digital DSP system for modeling amps, rack and stomp effects (with up to 5 at once) all with total recall, plus the analog goodness of 6 L6 tubes for the power and tone.

Peavey have been making a lot of great gear in recent times, and this chap has Chappers most pleased.

 

In this review he focusses on the general basic tone of the amp and models - always a good starting point before any shortcomings can be masked by the additional on-board effects.

 

The Vypyr 60 has plenty of guts to work in a live situation, providing enough power to work on stage without choking the tone at louder volumes.




Features

  • 60 watts.
  • 24 amp channel models.
  • Three-band EQ, master volume and pre- and post-gain controls.
  • 6L6 tube power amp.
  • 12' (305mm) custom-voiced modeling speaker.
  • 11 editable rack effects.
  • 11 editable stomp-box effects.
  • Up to 5 effects SIMULTANEOUSLY.
  • On-board looper (Sanpera™ pedal required).
  • On-board chromatic tuner.
  • 12 amplifier presets with up to 400 presets with optional Sanpera™ II footswitch.
  • Studio-quality USB computer interface.
  • MIDI In/Out.
  • Tap tempo button.
  • Studio-quality headphone output.
  • MP3/CD/Aux input.
  • Patented TransTube® technology in the preamp.


Includes evaluation version of REAPER and demo of Revalver™ HP.
Dimensions (HxWxD): 19.9' (505 mm) x 23.2' (590 mm) x 11.2' (285 mm)
Weight: 48.06 lb(21.8 kg)



MSRP $599 / £499

 


There's a lot to like here with a good price to boot.

 

 

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6 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Dave    Said...

great review Rob .. how would rate this against the JMD 1 .. if you had to choose, which do you think you would go for ..

12-Jul-10 08:47 AM


Dave    Said...

Hi .. I bought one of these amps, my decison based heavily on this review. To be honest, it been nothing but problems since I got it, I´ve had to return it becuase the firmware could not be updated on the amp and it was mysteriouly freezing and turning itself off randomly .. the store managed to update the firmware for me and it seems fine for the moment ... But having used various tube amps before, I´m starting to think I should have gone for that Hughes and Kettner I was thinking about instead.

But for anyone thinking of buying this amp, here are somethings you should know

The Software to update the amp is PC only. (Why no mac version?? )

The MIDI port on the back of the amp for the Sanpera controller is 8-pin not a regular 5, so you need to specially order the MIDI cable from Peavey. It does accept a 5-pin cable, for when you need to upgrade the firmware.

DEFINTELY check the Peavey Vypyr forum before you consider purchasing this amp, so you can see the host of problems others are experiencing ..

Thats my 2 cents .. hopefully this will be of use to someone!

29-Jul-10 08:53 AM


Dave    Said...

NOTE: A 25 ft version of the MIDI cable can be also ordered from Thomann ..

29-Jul-10 08:55 AM


TheRyco sericose@aol.com    Said...

FENDER 6505 XDDDDD You dont know what youre doing right??? XDDD The 6505 is THE AMP by PEAVEY, and not by Fender lol

17-Dec-10 05:37 PM


TheRyco sericose@aol.com    Said...

FENDER 6505 XDDDDD You dont know what youre doing right??? XDDD The 6505 is THE AMP by PEAVEY, and not by Fender lol

17-Dec-10 05:37 PM


sericose@aol.com    Said...

FENDER 6505 XDDDDD You dont know what youre doing right??? XDDD The 6505 is THE AMP by PEAVEY, and not by Fender lol

17-Dec-10 05:37 PM


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