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Peavey ValveKing Royal 8 Five-Watt Combo Amp With 8-inch Speaker

Peavey ValveKing Royal 8 Tube Combo Amp
Peavey ValveKing Royal 8 Tube Combo Amp

The Peavey ValveKing Royal 8 is an all tube class A combo amp that can be used for recording, rehearsing and playing in a small area like a bedroom or very small club. It features 5 watts ouput power, an 8-inch specially designed speaker, 12AX7 preamp tube, EL84 power amp tube, and simple passive tone control. It has a classic tube distortion sound that varies from clean and warm to fairly crunchy sounding. If you want more of a metal tone then you’ll need to use a distortion pedal of some sort. The main features of the amp are it has a master volume and all tube construction.

I love this amp its sweeter sounding than the Kustom Tube 12 and Epiphone Valve Junior. It can get gritty with harmonic feedback. It sounds great using single coil and humbucker type guitars as well as solid and hollowbody guitars. I played an Epiphone ES-175 through the amp and found it had rich warm clean tones. Turn up the input gain and it can go from bluesy to crunchy. It really has great sustain and harmonic feedback.

The amp has two tubes: 12AX7/ECCC83 preamp tube and an EL84/6BQ5 power amp tube. It outputs 5 watts RMS of power. The EL84 is the smaller size power tube (some people confuse it with the EL34) which has a different tone. There are two ¼ inch guitar inputs, (1) high and (2) low. The (1) high input has +10dB more gain than the (2) low input. Plugging your guitar into both inputs sets the input level to the low setting and not a combination of both of them. Most guitarist will probably use the (1) high input. The input gain control adjusts the level of the preamp tube (12AX7) so keeping it at a lower level means a cleaner tone while turning up allows you to get a crunchy tone. The Volume control or master volume then adjusts the actual output volume of the EL84 power tube (how loud it is). It’s a simple amp design with no real frills but sounds great.

Peavey used a passive tone control on the ValveKing Royal 8 which really only allows you to remove the high frequencies. For instance if you turn it all the way counter-clockwise (to the left) the treble is removed and not the bass is boosted. Very simple and elegant.

It has an 8 inch speaker which sounds fairly big but I still had to see what it sounds like through a larger speaker. I wired it to a 2x12 speaker cabinet and found it sounded even better. The only thing I wish the Royal 8 had is an external speaker output jack. It does however have a ¼ stereo headphone jack that disconnects the main speaker when plugged in. The sound of the headphones is mono. There isn’t a line level output but it’s not really required because the volume of the amp is fairly low. I didn’t try to see how it sounded when the headphone output was plugged into a mixer.

Features

  • Class A Amp Design
  • Master Volume Control
  • Input Gain Control
  • 12AX7 Preamp and EL84 Power Tube
  • High and Low Inputs
  • Passive Single Tone Control
  • 5 Watts RMS Output
  • 8 Inch Speaker
  • It’s a great amp and a low price

 

 


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