The latest version of the amp has -
The poor quality of the valves and lack of a valve guard in earlier versions of the amp were the subject of much criticism in earlier reviews - it's good to see Peavey responding to this feedback positively.
Although it is often described as an all valve amp - the Delta Blues uses solid-state devices for the following purposes -
Both the tremolo and the channels may be switched using an optional footswitch. Mechanical relays are used in the footswitch circuit.
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Starting off with looks - you either like the retro thing or you don't - I do. The Delta Blues' appearance is based almost entirely on early tweed Fenders - down to the chicken-head knobs, chrome-plated panel and fittings, name-plate and carrying handle.
The cabinet is made from well jointed approx 20mm particle-board. The carrying handle is made from folded mock leather. All corners are finished with chrome-plated caps. The electronics chassis is mounted in the cabinet with 4 chromed bolts through the top and 2 through each side. The reverb tray is fixed to the base of the cabinet.
On the Delta Blues a printed, textured Tolex has been used, not the lacquered woven material used on the original tweed amps
The speaker baffle is cut from approx 20mm ply. It is recess-mounted with 8 wood-screws, and covered with a tough ox-blood cloth.
The range of controls is however rather more modern than the appearance of the amp would suggest - reflecting the "sort of twin-channel" operation. I say "sort of two channel" because there aren't actually two separate channels - the "channel" switching adds an additional stage of gain to the amp.
Channel 1 - the clean channel
- produces a clear, punchy sound not unlike a blackface Fender Deluxe Reverb
Channel 2 - the higher gain channel
- produces plenty of crunch
This amp promotes strong positive feelings in most users - often being favourably compared to both current and vintage Fenders, small Laney combos, Marshall DSL and Bluesbreaker combos and the smaller Mesa Boogies. - what more could you ask? Most users comments that the DB represents excellent value for money - this seem to be especially true in the USA - secondhand models also represent good value for money - but make sure you don't get one that has been thrashed. Perhaps the most telling thing about this fine amp is that it goes to 12 (not just one louder, but two!) - it is amazing just how much further forward Peavey technology is compared to Marshall's.
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