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FDP Forum / Non-Fender Gear Reviews / SS Amps - Played the new Peavey Bandit - Yes, I Want One

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Leftee
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Jul 1st, 2007 03:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Anybody else notice that MF charges $69.99 to ship one of these, but Music123 has free ground shipping?

Leftee
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Jul 1st, 2007 02:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just scored a NIB Bandit (new style) for $325 delivered. Should be here in a few days. After playing this new Rage 258 and the old silver stripe TT Bandit (circa 1996) I scored locally off of Craig's List, I'm really stoked to move on to this newest style of Bandit.

Bubbalou
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Jul 1st, 2007 11:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You'll love it Leftee!


Leftee
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Jul 2nd, 2007 06:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's going to be my only amp. [gasp!]

The others are sold already. I'm moving out of tubes. I'm tired of working on amps (modding, etc.) Time to sit back and play for a while. Based on my TT expereince thus far, I'm sure I'll be quite happy with this.

reverend mikey
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Jul 3rd, 2007 07:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Give a full report after you've played it a while!



Leftee
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Jul 4th, 2007 05:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Will do. Seller expects it to be delivered tomorrow. It's coming USPS. Probably would have been here today if it hadn't been for the holiday.

When I had that older silver striped Bandit (for all of a week) I installed a Eminence Wizard (similar to a Celestion G12H) in it to even out the tone a bit. It worked pretty well. I removed that speaker and put the Sheffield back in before selling the amp (actually made $70 on the amp). I'll evaluate the new Bandit knowing that I can install the Wizard in it if need be. Sounds like I might not want to though. :-)

reverend mikey
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Jul 4th, 2007 05:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I thought the new stock speaker in these sounded surprisingly good, so it will be interesting to hear your take on it.

I'm going to be hitting a lot of pawn shops on vacation next week; if I can find a first generation Transtube Bandit, it's coming home with me...otherwise, I just may break down and buy the new one.

The amp I'm taking on vacation: first generation Transtube Envoy with Reverend 10" speaker in it; the Reverend doubles the amount of bass and tames some harshness in the highs of the stock speaker; very decent amp to use when traveling!

Leftee
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Jul 5th, 2007 06:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'll probably snag a new Envoy sometime in the future for practice since the Bandit is such a big/loud beast.

I'll be able to A/B the new Bandit with the old too. Hoping the new one shows up today.

Bubbalou
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Jul 5th, 2007 07:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I played several tube amps and found I liked the Bandit as good or better. I must admit that I play mostly clean though, but the Bandit doesn't sound sterile in the least.

Leftee
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Jul 6th, 2007 06:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Still waiting for mine. Hopefully today. He sent it USPS, so who knows...

Leftee
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Jul 6th, 2007 12:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not today. :-(

I hope tomorrow. Today I shipped the other Bandit. I'm officially ampless.

Leftee
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Jul 6th, 2007 12:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I couldn't resist. :-p

mine

reverend mikey
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Jul 6th, 2007 04:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You got that Envoy for $100?!?! That's a steal (even with the $35 shipping). Nice score!

It has many of the same features as the Bandit, it just sounds 'smaller.' But a great grab 'n' go amp.

Leftee
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Jul 6th, 2007 04:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It was on eBay last week at $145 BIN + $35 shipping. This week he relisted at a price I couldn't pass up. :-P

Bubbalou
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Jul 6th, 2007 08:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I paid $165 for my Bandit 112S on Ebay about 1 year ago. Really love it.

reverend mikey
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Jul 7th, 2007 10:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Also a very good price.

I played through a new (NOS) Bandit II (red trim model) in Rapid City today (we're on vacation) and they have it marked down to $250. Only thing was, I noticed the reverb wasn't working, even though it seemed to be plugged into the tank. I didn't ask about it, because I didn't want to tempt myself if they got it working (and I still think the tone of the newest one is a step up, and worth the extra dollars).

Leftee
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Jul 8th, 2007 03:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"and I still think the tone of the newest one is a step up, and worth the extra dollars"

Roger that! I could hear the improvement in my (new) 258 from my old Bandit. Can't wait to get this new Bandit and Envoy. Still no amp though. It didn't come yesterday. :-/

Hopefully tomorrow.

Leftee
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Jul 9th, 2007 01:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, it came today. I've had a little time with it.

There is a dramatic difference between this and that 1st gen. TT Bandit I had! This one seems more tube-like. There is a refinement of the technology in this amp. To the poster who was commenting on the 1994 model he used to own, this is a much different amp. There has been progress in the technology.

The speaker is pretty nice too. I'm still going to try the Wizard in it since I have it. It can't hurt to try it. In fact, I might install my Texas Heat (currently in my 1x12 cab) as well and see which of the 3 speakers I prefer in the combo.

More later. :-D

Leftee
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Jul 9th, 2007 04:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I went through speakers this afternoon.

The stock speaker sounds great. Very smooth and rich. It doesn't have the upper mid peak the old Sheffield 1230 seems to have. I like it a lot. A little light on the bass, but a nice speaker.

I dropped a Wizard in it next. It sounds a lot broader than the Blue Marvel. It's also grittier. The amp just sounds bigger. It doesn't have a prominent midrange, but it is a huge sounding speaker. With the Lead channel in "Classic" the amp sounds like a raging angry, aggressive Marshall. Not unlike a G12H. Mean-assed tone. Clean channel is very big sounding (set to "warm"). This is a great all-around speaker.

In retrospect the stock speaker is more like a G12M (Greenback). Nice midrange, not a lot of bass, but it really sings.

Last I tried the Texas Heat. It has some of that midrange of the stock speaker, but not as much. Also seems to have better bass response over the stock Blue Marvel. Clean channel on "Warm" is gorgeous sounding with this speaker as well.

I think the TH will stay in the amp and the Wizard will go in the 1x12 cab with the beam blocker. I haven't tried that setup yet (2x12), but expect that it will sound rather big and mean. The TH and the Wizard do 2 different things well.


reverend mikey
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Jul 9th, 2007 04:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the review! Give us an update after you've had a few more hours/days with it. Will this get used for live playing? (I'd love to hear how the line out does for that in larger venues, or where you just want to get the sound balanced...)

Unfortunately, you're giving me worse gas for one of these! I don't 'need' any more amps right now!

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