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A Peavey Bandit 112 or a Crate FXT30?


(@littlebadboy)
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Hi everyone! I recently got a Crate FXT65. It was too loud living in a townhouse. The school's music teacher where I work at bought it from me so I am currently looking. I saw a Peavey Bandit 112 at a Pawnshop for $125 and a Crate FXT30 at craiglist for the same price. The FXT30 would be great for a practicing and playing in my townhome but I know for a fact that the Peavey Bandit 112 is one of the best solid state amps out there but still loud. I thought the FXT30's built in effects would be cool and small enough for a home setting, but I also thought that the Bandit 112 would be great just in case there will be that chance of playing outside. In fact, I play at our school's programs sometimes.

I feel torn apart between the two. I am on a budget and I am also hoping that I would bargain a good price for the two.

Thank you masters!


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(@trguitar)
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Don't some of the newer Bandits have a power level feature to reduce the power output? I think it's like 25% 50% 100%. Depending on whats in the pawn shop, if it had that feature the peavey might be right for your needs.

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(@littlebadboy)
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Don't some of the newer Bandits have a power level feature to reduce the power output? I think it's like 25% 50% 100%. Depending on whats in the pawn shop, if it had that feature the peavey might be right for your needs.
Thank you very much for your reply!

Oh I found a Peavey Special 130 that I am sure I can get for $70. Speaker is kinda strange though... the middle of the magnet is hollow, I can see right through the front cover grill/cloth.

Thoughts? Anyone?


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(@diceman)
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Any amp you get turned up to 10 will be too loud for a townhouse . The master volume control is capable of allowing any level you want . There are even headphone jacks on a lot of modern amps to allow you almost silent practicing , for everyone else but you . In fact there are headphone amps that cost very little that sound awesome . A lot of effect pedals also have headphone jacks . You don't have to piss off your neighbors unless you want to .

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Any amp you get turned up to 10 will be too loud for a townhouse . The master volume control is capable of allowing any level you want . There are even headphone jacks on a lot of modern amps to allow you almost silent practicing , for everyone else but you . In fact there are headphone amps that cost very little that sound awesome . A lot of effect pedals also have headphone jacks . You don't have to piss off your neighbors unless you want to .

Thank you for your advice. I practice along an MP3 player sometimes and there are times I like to hear what my tone would sound like out there in the open. But I get your point...

To complicate things, I found a Line 6 Spider II 30. I kinda like it because I was thinking of selling my Digitech RP55 and get a Line 6 FV4 footswtich for it. Pawnshop is selling for $90, I think I could get it for $60. My only concern is that it is 30W. I wonder if it is enough when I play at the school gym.

So I guess my choices are the Peavey Bandit 112 and keep my Digitech RP55 or the Line 6 Spider II 30. Maybe I should create a separate thread for this...


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ANY amp that can get loud enough for a venue is probably not going to be very suitable for home practice.

That lets out anything over 1 watt, which can still generate 85 to 110 decibels depending on the speaker.

My preferred travel/low volume practice amp is a Danelectro Honeytone.
http://www.danelectro.com/more_honey.html

Oh yeah - the Honeytone is nice for recording some things too . . .

95% of my shows I do with a Blues Jr. Plenty of volume for small to mid-size venues.
Outdoor and large stage gigs would be done with my '59 Bassman.

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