Peavey Delta Blues or Fender DRRI?

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  1. rockguitar41

    rockguitar41 Senior Member

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    I've been looking for a new amp to replace my Blues Jr. For a while I've wanted a Fender Deluxe Reverb and it's nearing the time for an upgrade. Today I went by a local music store and saw they had a used Peavey Delta Blues. It was the combo with a 15" speaker and had an external cab that was 4x10. For the cab and combo amp they want $550. It's not in the best of shape, the tweed and grill cloth both have some tears and smudges but it actually looks kinda cool. Road worn but not too much. It sounded great too! a lot louder than a DRRI(30 watts compared to 22 watts). This particular model is older and doesn't have the logo plate on the front. The speakers are all no-name, they're just black on the backs. Now the question for you all is which one should I get? I love them both but I don't know what to get! Used they're about the same price, the Peavey is a little cheaper though. What is the DB like, quality, sound and reliability? Compared to a DRRI? Is the price right for it? Any help would be so greatly appreciated guys:thumb:
    Thanks!
     
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    jcn3 Senior Member

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    i think you'll have to decide between those -- it's your personal taste.

    for me, i look at a drri as one of those legendary amps -- if it's your thing then there is no substitute. if it were me, i'd do the drri and keep it a really long time.
     
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    singlecut Senior Member

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    the fender is the type of amp that your know what your getting

    i haD the peavey
    just didn't care for the 15 in it
     
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    rockguitar41 Senior Member

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    I understand the whole Fender quality thing and that is holding me back but to be honest I'm leaning towards the DB because I like the tone better. Its a tweed tone, not blackface. The DB gets stellar reviews and if I could get the amp and cab for $500 I think that would be a good deal. still thinking though....
     
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    If I had the money I would buy both :)
     
  7. Splattle101

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    There's your answer.

    A lot of people will tell you to the DRRI is stellar. I don't agree, but that's my personal opinion. Perhaps a change of speaker does the trick.

    BTW, I like blackface amps in general just not the DRRI in particular.

    I like the Peavey Classic series, and vastly prefer the sound of them over any of the Hotrod of Blues series Fenders. The DB is similar ot the Classics, but the DRRI is different to the Blues and Hotrods.

    If you're thinking about Fenders and DBs, what about the Excelsior?
     
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    Also the BD has a good gain channel with a master volume, a mid knob and effects loop.

    They are both solid made in the USA amps.

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HQKqQ65oU8&feature=player_embedded[/ame]
     
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    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    I'd probably lean towards the Peavey.
     
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  10. rockguitar41

    rockguitar41 Senior Member

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    just went back to the music store, since its 3 minutes from my house, and tried it out with my own strat and my main overdrive pedal. It sounded fantastic! I really think I'm going to buy it tomorrow, I just have to think about it a little more. I'm going to talk them down a bit on the price too, which will help ease the pain of spending a fair chunk of money :)
     
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    I've owned both and my choice would be the DRRI. But do keep in mind the DRRI is about $300 more if I'm not mistaken.
     
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    Me, I think the Delta Blues makes a better "turn it up ROCK" amp than the DRRI. AND its not a bad acoustic amp either

    But truth be told ,if it were me ,Id get a pro jr and a blue eminence speaker and be done with it .....
     
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    Sounds like you're buying the DB.
    If thats the one you like, then good choice.
     
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    IMO, the stock speaker has to get broken in before a DRRI really finds its voice.

    FWIW, that's also true for the Weber 12F150 or the CRex.
     
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    +1 Agree 100%

    I hated mine when I got it; it sounded too compressed, harsh and sterile.

    OK that's perhaps a slight exaggeration, but once the stock Jensen is broken in it sounds fantastic.
     
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    The Delta Blues got a nice, rich and full tone but the 15 speaker is a little "exotic" and sounds a bit muddy with more distortion.
     
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    Never played either in person but from online stuff, I gotta say I like the tones from the DB a lot.
     
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    I have no experience with the Delta Blues, but a frigging dig the Classic 50 4x10. I hated the blues Deville I had. No drive tones. I love Fender clean, and Marshall drive. This amp is the only reasonably priced amp that can do both convincingly.Plus, you can get one used for 400 or less. Check one out.
     
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    the fender will have nicer cleans and reverb. the delta blues will have a good overdrive channal though.

    i would go with the fender personally.
     
  20. Thumpalumpacus

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    With the 4x10 extension, that problem should be ameliorated.
     

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