1977 Peavey PA-200 Mixer Amp

There’s something about these 70’s solid state amps. They come from an era when watt ratings seemingly counted for little. They’re always far louder than they should be! It supposedly puts 120 watts into a 4 ohm cab but, I can tell you, this thing will take heads clean off shoulders when cranked.

It takes pedals extremely well and the spring reverb tank sounds incredible. Nice and old school.

This one is in super good condition. The best I’ve seen. The leather pads in the centre of the knobs are all present. Usually, they’ve long since fallen off due to the glue sucking.

Each channel has a gain (volume) knob, an effect knob (to blend in the reverb tank) and a Low and High knob. Set to 12 o’clock, the knobs are at zero. So, turn them left and you’re cutting a frequency, turn them right and you’re boosting. The amount of overall reverb is controlled by a knob to the right of the unit.

I became interested in these, as a lot of people did, after finding out the Greg Ginn, of Black Flag, used one.

PA amps make super cool guitar and bass heads. You can even split your signal and use more than one channel at a time. Great for experimenting.

Here’s a video of me playing guitar and bass through it. The dirt comes from a TC Electronic Mojo Mojo Overdrive Pedal.

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HH Electronic VS-Musician Amp

In the late 60’s and 70’s, these amps were big business. Initially sparking interest among up and coming punk rock bands of the era, HH equipment eventually became a favourite of big name acts like Pink Floyd, T-Rex and The Buzzcocks.

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This particular model, the VS-Musician, offers a feature not seen on any of their other amps. VS, stands for “Valve-Sound”. And, for a solid state amp, it does emulate the warm sound of a glowing valve, very well. The clean sounds are so clear and crisp, I actually think I prefer these to any real valve amp. And when you crank the gain up, it really comes into its own.

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The green glow of the front panel always looks great on these things.

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One reason I bought this amp is because it came with the now super rare Valve Sound foot switch. Unfortunately, I no longer have the pedal.

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The VS-Musuician is a 100W 2×12 combo and it’s as loud as hell!

If you get the chance to pick one up for a good price, for the love of God, do it!

This is great amp is for sale for £250. Get in touch here to make it yours.