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    Hey, I finally picked up my first true all-tube amp, a 5150 Combo. I'm pretty impressed with the sound so far, it seems to mesh well with my Les Paul. Just wondering if there's anything important to know, and how everyone else likes theirs...I believe they started making the combos in '96 and I would assume they were discontinued in "99, when the 5150 II came out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KS 5150 View Post
    Hey, I finally picked up my first true all-tube amp, a 5150 Combo. I'm pretty impressed with the sound so far, it seems to mesh well with my Les Paul. Just wondering if there's anything important to know, and how everyone else likes theirs...I believe they started making the combos in '96 and I would assume they were discontinued in "99, when the 5150 II came out?
    The combo arrived in '95 and stayed in production throughout Ed's tenure with Peavey. In fact it's still in production as the 6505 combo.

    In an "up and coming products" catalog published by Peavey in early 2004, there was a 5150 II combo pictured. That, obviously, never came to fruition.

    I've been so impressed with my 5150 combo it's become a go-to recording amp--seems like whatever configuration I use it for in the studio and no matter how I mic it the tracks always sound amazing. Once I get some damn wheels on the thing I might actually gig with it more. (It's a bitch to carry.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AT View Post
    In an "up and coming products" catalog published by Peavey in early 2004, there was a 5150 II combo pictured. That, obviously, never came to fruition.
    Interestingly enough, it finally did come out - there's a 6505+ 1x12 combo out now that even looks like the picture of the 5150 II combo.

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    I had a 5150 combo for a few years and loved it.

    The clean channel is much better sounding than the head and the reverb is handy if u need it.

    Bought it used from someone who had put casters on it so it was easy to roll around to rehearsals.

    I only sold it because i needed another type of amp - already have a 5150 half stack.

    I remember the teaser ads in the guitar magazines in 1995 had what looked like a box that had a frankenstein style blanket over it.

    A friend said "i bet thats a combo amp" and it was.
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    Well, I've had 3 combos over the years, and I really like them in general. 2 of them worked great the whole time, one I bought as 'broken' and I repaired it, so I've dealt with these amps inside and out a LOT. I no longer own any of them but I used them for a long while recording and playing shows. (I now have an all original 1992 or 1993 block letter 5150 head.)

    The combo has a similar circuit to the 5150 II, so it doesn't really sound like the original 5150 head. It is also biased a lot hotter than the head stock, so that also changes the character of the tone from the power amp end of things quite a bit. Both amps have definite unique sounds, so it's really a matter of preference -- both sound great for various applications.

    Ed had his personal 5150's modified around the 1993-1994 RHRN tour (possibly shortly after that tour, but definitely before Balance) so the lead tone you are hearing on all of those recordings is really a 5150 II sound, and a little more like the combo. When the 5150 II came out, they just incorporated the mods he had on his amps into those amps, and added a 6th preamp tube to help with the clean channel. So the combo is kindof an inbetween point between those 2 amps, and it's not exactly like either one.

    If I had some more $$$ to play with, I'd definitely get a 5150 II and a 5150 Combo to go with my Original 5150 just for recording purposes -- since each amp is very similar, but has a cool unique sound.

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    You guys are so right about the weight...85 lbs and I can feel every pound!! I got some castors with it and just have to throw them on..
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    Quote Originally Posted by kowski View Post
    Interestingly enough, it finally did come out - there's a 6505+ 1x12 combo out now that even looks like the picture of the 5150 II combo.
    I actually just got one of these this past week. I haven't tried to dial up
    Eddie's tone with it, but it does have very good crunch and lead tones. The clean is decent-- usable-- but not great. It's made in China, but seems built like a tank, just like any of the other half-dozen Peavey amps I've owned in the past. I'm running a couple cheapo Dano pedals -- chorus & delay-- in the loop, and a Visual Sounds Jeckyl & Hyde (the OD side) up front to tighten up the amp a bit.

 

 

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