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Looks like the Classic 50 is a little bit too big for Ottawa and I'm thinking a Classic 30 might be more appropriate. What would you guys say it's the difference other than power? Could it be a straight trade?
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Too big how? If turning down works, just turn down. Both are 112 combos right?
 

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Price wise, I see 50's listed for as low as 400 but usually for 500-600. I paid 400 for mine and it was mint. 30's for right around 400 but I let a deal for one fall apart last summer for 200.
 

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Thank you very much guys. I don't mind trading mine hair by hair for a C50, I think I will be rewarded by having a 12in speaker.

If someone is interested here in Ottawa...
 

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I have owned both. A 2 x 12 C50, and a 1 x 12 C30 (both older models). The C50 had a solid state front end (pre amp) and a tube power section. The C 30 was all tube. I liked the 30 much better as far as sound goes. I am mostly a bedroom player, so once above 4 or so on the volume it was friggin' loud!!!! (like, you are not wanting to stay in the same room loud). In a bigger room, or outside on the porch it was nicer. The best sound I got from it was plugging in a 1 x 15 extension cab. C 30's tend to run hot I found, but it didn't seem to hurt anything.

The C50 I used to put the speakers in series, it helped, but I lent it out to a guy playing it on stage and it broke up too early because I forgot to put them back in parallel for him.
 

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Classic 50 is all tube, you might be talking about very old Peavey Classic which believe had some solid state in the signal path. It preceded and looked a lot like a Classic 50.

For what it's worth, I have an old Classic 50 2x12, a modern Classic 30 1x12, and the Classic 20MH -- they are all awesome, but for tone, I like the beat up Classic 50 2x12 the most and will probably like it even more when I replace the old scratchy pots.
 

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Where are you guys seeing classic 30's for $400?!?

The classic 50 is EL34 or 6L6 I believe, the 30 is EL84. It's going to sound a bit different.

I was not aware that the 50 was so big, I know they built a 410 but thought the other was a 112. I would probably switch to the classic 30 as well, or the delta blues (115).
 

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Where are you guys seeing classic 30's for $400?!?

The classic 50 is EL34 or 6L6 I believe, the 30 is EL84. It's going to sound a bit different.

I was not aware that the 50 was so big, I know they built a 410 but thought the other was a 112. I would probably switch to the classic 30 as well, or the delta blues (115).
I thought they were both 4x EL84 but with the 30 being cathode biased, and the 50 being fixed bias. Same setup as the Crate Vintage Club 50 and 30
 

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Classic 50 is all tube, you might be talking about very old Peavey Classic which believe had some solid state in the signal path. It preceded and looked a lot like a Classic 50.
Correct. It was labelled a Classic and was 50 watts, but it was an old one and had only 2 power tubes. 6L6's I think, but I could be wrong on that. The old original one in black with the aluminium down each side of the speaker. Kinda like:



The C30 uses EL 84's I think. I didn't find the 20 less watts that significant.
 

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I thought they were both 4x EL84 but with the 30 being cathode biased, and the 50 being fixed bias. Same setup as the Crate Vintage Club 50 and 30
I haven't done the requisite google search to check :p
 

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I had a Classic 50 4x10. Awesome cleans. Some people like the gain channel but I found it way too bright. It needs to be loud, really loud, to sound it's best. It was too much amp for small bars unless I used an attenuator. I ended up trading it and haven't really missed it. Good amp but not my cup of tea.
 

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I had a Classic 50 4x10. Awesome cleans. Some people like the gain channel but I found it way too bright. It needs to be loud, really loud, to sound it's best. It was too much amp for small bars unless I used an attenuator. I ended up trading it and haven't really missed it. Good amp but not my cup of tea.
Here's a picture of Kerry Brown in the early 70's playing his Gretsch Chet Atkins, coily-cable & Big Muff into the Peavey Classic 50 410..........




Or it's Pete Townsend, they could be the same person, you ever see Kerry & Pete in the same room at the same time?!?


Best mediocre guitarist in Calgary.
 

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Most tube amps are too much for small bars though.
Most, but not all.

I played a small pub on Friday with my LSS. I had to tame it down (kinda funny for a 30 watt amp) for the first set as the bar wasn't very full. So I switched the clean channel to 15 watts. By the end of the 2nd set, I was back to 30 watts for the clean channel. The cranky channel stayed at 5 watts all night, right to the bitter (Black Sabbath / ACDC) end.

My 2 X 6L6 amp hasn't been in a bar in years. It only seems to see outdoor stages. I don't mind, it's kinda heavy compared to the LSS.
 
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Most, but not all.

I played a small pub on Friday with my LSS. I had to tame it down (kinda funny for a 30 watt amp) for the first set as the bar wasn't very full. So I switched the clean channel to 15 watts. By the end of the 2nd set, I was back to 30 watts for the clean channel. The cranky channel stayed at 5 watts all night, right to the bitter (Black Sabbath / ACDC) end.

My 2 X 6L6 amp hasn't been in a bar in years. It only seems to see outdoor stages. I don't mind, it's kinda heavy compared to the LSS.
I play just about everywhere with my 45 watter. Just means I need pedals for dirt
 
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