Peavey Mark IV Series

300W Head

Made by Peavey

Description Biapmable 2 channel foot selectable with active equalizer.
Posted By Doug Matthews (4123)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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Overall Rating: 4.6 (of 5)
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On 8/11/2006, Greg Rhodus (7947) posted:
Overall Rating:
Been a great amp i have owned
Price: $200.00
Features:
Great old amp with plenty of p
Sound Quality:
Played with many different bas
Ease of Use:
Simple controls
Durability:
Built heavey and tuff.
On 7/14/2005, Jordan Slay (7) posted:
Overall Rating:
I love it
Model Year: 1985
Price: $285.95
Where Obtained: Fremont Music Center
Features:
When I first obtained this amp, I thought that it was a waste of money. But the second I plugged into it, I realized it was anything but that. I play in a band called A Chaos Theory(www.purevolume.com/achaostheoryoh) and it blends in perfectly with our type of music.
Sound Quality:
Bass used with it- Baja, Lyon and Gibson Goth Thunderbird Music played- Metal (now turning that way) Fits in with- ska, punk, emo
Durability:
Very old Wheels squeak Frame broken
On 7/16/2003, Eric Hanus (3953) posted:
Overall Rating:
Very nice, tuff, while still having features of many other amps, if you can get it at a good price, its a amp you will have for a long time.. I have giged with it, it did well it got a little hot at the vent, but i think thats common with these, i run it with an avatar 2x10
Model Year: 1982
Price: $185.00
Where Obtained: eBay
Features:
Two channels, i set one to be bright the other to be bassy. I think its a nice amp, more of a work amp than a sound amp...im not saying it sounds bad, its just this thing looks like it was built to last, ive still yet to find my sound. Each channel has a effects loop, 6 band EQ, 210 watts @ 4, 300 watts @ 2
Sound Quality:
Its got a nice sound, i think the compressor light flashes wayy more than it should. But the sound is nice, takes some time to get what you want but its nice
Ease of Use:
Like ive said, you need some time to fiddle to get the sound, but Hey thats the fun part right?
Durability:
Oh man, its a tank, super tuff outside, heavey on one side, which is weird but, its lasted 20 years allready so i think it will last much more to come, thats why im not to worried about the comp. light gonig on so much
On 3/25/2003, Phil Gough (61) posted:
Overall Rating:
It's as old as I am, but still the best of my options, I have seen much worse amps for much higher prices. I have used this amp (successfuly) with 2 basses plugged into it at once. the 2 channels are able to be completely seperate, with their own sound, even if you want only one channel through the EQ, it's easy to do. This was the best buy I have ever made.
Model Year: 1984
Price: $400.00 AU
Where Obtained: Second Hand Dealer
Features:
Hasll all you need with the 6-band EQ aswell as the low mid and high shift/boost knobs
Sound Quality:
Great sound at both high and low volumes (not that you use this for low volumes), I've used it for rock, jazz, funk, choral accomp. I'ts easily adjustable, and therefore VERY versatile
Ease of Use:
I downloaded the Manual off the official peavey web site, so I know what everything does now. Hadn't come across the Paramid before, and I wasn't that sure how to use it properly. Other than that, there's been no problem!!
Durability:
The case that it's been originally mounted in is a bit knocked about, so it's obviously been treated 'casually'. Despite this it still goes like a gem, so I'd believe the comment "That amp will never die!!"
On 5/10/2002, Inactive Member posted:
Overall Rating:
I love how easy the tone can be modified with this amp, the pyramid nob is great.
Model Year: 1982
Price: $140.00
Where Obtained: Ebay
Features:
I really love this amp, i have a nice speaker with it it sounds great. Its perfect for small/medium sized gigs. My band even played inside a large school gym and it was perfectly loud. Deffinitely a steal, especially with the amount i payed for it.
Sound Quality:
I must agree with a previous review, the compressor light goes on way too early, kind of unsettling i keep on thinknig im breaking the amp everytime i play, but hey.
Ease of Use:
Very easy to use, read the manual everything is self explanitory.
Durability:
Its pretty tough, but overheating was a problem, the previous owner put different cooling system on the back it has been fine (for atleast 7 hr practices).
On 5/31/2001, Andreas Bretteville posted:
Overall Rating:
I was very fortunate to find this amp. It really has helped my playing a lot. I would be most distressed if this should ever get stolen, or (highly unlikely) break down irreperably. I have never needed to have as much as a blown fuse replaced on this. I can't see myself buying a new amp anytime soon. It does exactly what I want, and does it well.
Where Obtained: Second Hand Dealer
Features:
Two channels: with low, mid, high, graphic e.q. on/off and boost highs on/off. Six band graphic eq. Channel A also has bi-amp frequency control, channel B has a parametric eq control. Footswitch between a and B or combine the two. Effects loops for A and B. It is a purely solid-state bass head, quite heavy, maxes out at 320W I think, which is plenty loud through my 1x15" and 2x7" cabinet (also Peavey). No stereo. I never have to crank the post gain past 4-5, and I play loud! No built-in effects like chorus or reverb. The compression is nice, if a little overenthusiastic.
Sound Quality:
I run my tune bass maniac through a boss OC-2 octave, MT-2 metal zone, ODB-3 bass overdrive, CEB-3 bass chorus and RV-3 digital reverb/delay. Or I just plug straight in when I'm in effects-less week. I play melody-orientated metal and this amp really cuts it for heavy distorted palm muting. Clean is lovely. My only complaint is that it hisses ever so slightly, even without effects in the chain. The natural distortion when the pregain is at 10 is not good enough for my liking, it is strange and grainy - to be honest it was never intended for this. Remains clear and powerful up until about pregain 7-8. It sounds far superior to my Laney (which was too sterile for my liking).
Ease of Use:
Very straightforward to use. Two channels with, channel one does bi-amping, channel two has a parametric midrange e.q. I tend to use channel two because of this.
Durability:
This is where the Peavey really gets me: it hasn't failed me yet. Every time I flick the power switch, it comes on. Everyone should be able to take this for granted, but unfortunately this is not the case for all amps. It's been severely abused, thrown around, dropped from great heights and still the glowing red light comes on every time I flick the switch!
On 12/17/2000, Doug Matthews (4123) posted:
Overall Rating:
Altho i had to make modifications in order to make it reliable for gigs i think it is great for an old amp and it has held up 100% for the last three years.
Price: $200.00
Features:
There are high and low inputs for regular or "hot" inputs & each channel send & return for effects. Channel A has input gain control, low, mid & high control, post gain, equalizer & bright selector switches. Channel B has input gain control, low, paramid, shift and high control, post gain, equalizer & bright selector switches. There is also preamp out/in for reverb loop, line out, crossover low & hi out for biamping, & power amp in.
Sound Quality:
The amp has a slightly cleaner sound at mid volume. The internal compression seems to be to activate too easily even at half volume and the low level at 1/4.
Ease of Use:
Verry simple amp, talk about plug and play.
Durability:
Verry tough & rugged. The amp was overheating until i added fans to the back to keep it cool. now its not a problem.