peavey 6534+ question

Discussion in 'Gear & Equipment' started by Fretwreck, Jan 13, 2018.

  1. Fretwreck

    Fretwreck SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2017
    these heads are 120 watts. would it be possible to run them through a 1x12 cab with a v30 if I kept the volume and bass low?
     
  2. HeHasTheJazzHands

    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

    Messages:
    21,215
    Likes Received:
    2,568
    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2011
    Location:
    Louisiana
    Yeah, no problem. You only overpower a 1x12 speaker if you crank the absolute fuck out of it. If you keep the master quite low (talking below 1/3rd), you'll be set.
     
    Fretwreck likes this.
  3. Fretwreck

    Fretwreck SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2017
    cool. as awesome 4x12s sound, sometimes its over kill.
     
  4. KailM

    KailM SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    901
    Likes Received:
    232
    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2014
    Location:
    MT
    When is this? :lol:

    FWIW, I'd consider getting a 2 x 12 cab at least. The larger internal volume will improve your tone at any level, and you'll basically never have to worry about blowing a speaker. I'd personally be a little leery of running 6534 through just one V30; they can go from bedroom volumes to gig levels pretty quickly.
     
    Fretwreck likes this.
  5. Spaced Out Ace

    Spaced Out Ace 0 0 1 0 0 6 5 0 3\

    Messages:
    3,451
    Likes Received:
    671
    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2010
    Location:
    Washington
    Yeah, I'd suggest a 212 as well just to be safe.
     
    Fretwreck likes this.
  6. Fretwreck

    Fretwreck SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2017
    a good idea yes. if I go with a 2x12 I'm thinking orange. 16ohm I believe
     
  7. DudeManBrother

    DudeManBrother Blames it on "the rain"

    Messages:
    542
    Likes Received:
    214
    Joined:
    May 3, 2014
    Location:
    Seattle
    You have to be especially careful with the old Peavey amps. I swear they reach 90% volume by 4. The only 1x12 I run with my 5150s is my Mesa cab, which has the Black Shadow 90w speaker. As long as you don't plan on turning it up above 2 you're probably okay, but any more and you might want to upgrade the speaker. Plenty of Eminence speakers in the $100 range that are rated at 125w; or get a 2x12 if you don't already own the 1x12
     
  8. USMarine75

    USMarine75 Doc McStuffins Contributor

    Messages:
    3,282
    Likes Received:
    878
    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2010
    Location:
    DC/VA
    Use a 12AT7 in the PI spot... I've had tons of Peaveys over the last 25+ years or so, and I had a friend in Meridian who worked on all my amps and Wolfgangs. The first thing he ever recommended to me about these amps was that quick mod. The vol knob taper and the circuit design isn't usable above 7. This makes it usable to 10. And it makes using the amp at lower volumes much more practical. Keep in mind, these amps get nearly all of their distortion from the preamp circuit, so you can put your master volume on 1 and then just tweak the preamp volume to taste. There is no benefit to raising the master, other than perceived loudness.
     
    Fretwreck likes this.
  9. budda

    budda Guiterrorizer Contributor

    Messages:
    21,434
    Likes Received:
    1,554
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2007
    Location:
    London ONT
    Well, you thicken things up with a bit of power amp saturation :yesway:.

    I'd rock a 212. Also I wish more people loved those heads as much as I do :lol:
     
    Fretwreck likes this.
  10. Spaced Out Ace

    Spaced Out Ace 0 0 1 0 0 6 5 0 3\

    Messages:
    3,451
    Likes Received:
    671
    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2010
    Location:
    Washington
    Personally, I prefer thick redheads, but what do I know?
     
    Sogradde likes this.
  11. Fretwreck

    Fretwreck SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2017
    Actually I've been eyeing the 6505mh as well. What do you guys think of that head? Any good?
     
  12. KailM

    KailM SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    901
    Likes Received:
    232
    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2014
    Location:
    MT
    I would love to try one -- but I've never even seen one.
     
  13. KailM

    KailM SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    901
    Likes Received:
    232
    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2014
    Location:
    MT
    I would also look into Avatar cabs-- specifically the Contemporary 212 which is nearly identical to the Orange PPC 212 but you don't have to pay the 50% markup because it says Orange on it.
     
    DudeManBrother likes this.
  14. budda

    budda Guiterrorizer Contributor

    Messages:
    21,434
    Likes Received:
    1,554
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2007
    Location:
    London ONT
    I think I've tried two, and each time was the "that's my metal tone" moment. I love EL34's, and I love the sound of a 5150. It's an awesome pairing.
     
  15. Fretwreck

    Fretwreck SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2017
    Which tube is the PI on a 6534+? I know they are located in the back, just not sure which one.
     
  16. Lasik124

    Lasik124 SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    1,337
    Likes Received:
    116
    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2009
    Location:
    NJ
    I own both the 6505 and 6505Mh for reference.

    I absolutely love the Mini head. I have it matched with a 1x12 and I can get real tube amp tone and power at low volumes.

    You will have to push the bigger heads to get that tone, and they get loud fast.

    The mini has a wattage control on the back, so I use 1 watt for home, and the 20 watt power setting is more then enough to go out and gig with as well.
     
    Elric and Fretwreck like this.
  17. Elric

    Elric SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    640
    Likes Received:
    51
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2013
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    +1. I have the mini and it is the best small amp I have ever played. They are crazy cheap given what you can do with them, too. Just a win all around. The power settings + resonance control are awesome.
     
    Fretwreck likes this.
  18. USMarine75

    USMarine75 Doc McStuffins Contributor

    Messages:
    3,282
    Likes Received:
    878
    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2010
    Location:
    DC/VA
    IIRC it's the one closest to the power tubes.

    I can't begin to tell you how much better it makes the amp. You can crank it all the way to 10 and get useful tones. At higher volumes it is great for heavy metal, and at lower preamp volumes (50%) you get a very articulate, harmonically rich, and tight djenty tone that has tons of punch. I have it paired with a standard sized 212 with a Celestion G12k100 and Classic Lead (as recommended by Celestion tech) and it kills. Also sounds great with my other 212s (GFlex and Randall Diavlo v30 ported cabs).
     
  19. Spaced Out Ace

    Spaced Out Ace 0 0 1 0 0 6 5 0 3\

    Messages:
    3,451
    Likes Received:
    671
    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2010
    Location:
    Washington
    K100 and Classic Lead? That's an interesting combo. I figured they'd be too hi-fi/bright, and would come off as kind of sterile or harsh.
     
  20. USMarine75

    USMarine75 Doc McStuffins Contributor

    Messages:
    3,282
    Likes Received:
    878
    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2010
    Location:
    DC/VA
    The K100 is, when by itself. I had a 4xK100 and it absolutely crushed at higher volumes, but it had no character whatsoever at low volumes or low gain. Definitely NOT versatile. Celestion tech recommended the Classic Lead in an X pattern which sounded much better. I also did it in my modded 5150 Combo with the same results. Great for teh bro0tz and djentiness, but also dials back well. Not as good as v30's IMO for versatility, but close enough.
     

Share This Page