Peavey Deuce VT Series 2X12 Tube Amplifier c. 1980Peavey
Chalk this amplifier up to another one of those "I didn't see that coming" moments. Just as feverishly as I beat the drum for vintage USA Peavey guitars, I'm becoming quite a believer in their amps as well. This model was originally used by Mark Knopfler in the late 1970's during his time with Dire Straits. This particular Peavey Deuce VT series was built in 1980 as evidenced by the speaker's date code. This is a two channel amp with a normal channel, an effects channel and an automix channel, all of which are foot switchable. This is a hybrid amp, similar to Music Man amps, with a solid state preamp and a tube power amp, boasting four 6L6 power tubes for 120 watts of whoop ass! It also features on-board effects such as reverb and phaser. The 12" speakers were built by Eminence. The clean tone as fat, rich and smooth. It's very 3 dimensional and mammoth sounding. The overdrive is a bit rudimentary, but, is nonetheless useable in a cool, wooly sort of way. The overall condition is good with some light scuffing and grime build up. The draw backs? The original footswitch seems to work on it's own time schedule and the amp weighs like it's glued to the floor.