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#647306 - 01/08/08 03:37 PM amp: Peavey JSX Mini Colossal
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Product: Peavey JSX Mini Colossal
Price Paid: $280
Submitted 11/26/2007 by gonzo

Features : 7
brand new mini, 5 tube watts, single channel, one volume knob, one tone knob, 'sponge' (power soak), xlr recording out, seperate speaker outputs at different ohms, efx loop

Sound Quality : 8
excellent range of clean to distortion. true tube touch sensitivity and overdrive characteristics. on clean, you dial the tone way down, on distortion, way up. if you put single coils in, you get a lot of clarity at any gain setting. with humbuckers, it can get mushy at the highest gain settings. putting a overdrive, distortion or clean boost in front of it was the best way to get what i like out of a tube amp. responds well to pedals. using a yamah DG stomp fx pedal in the loop, was as clean sounding as my boogie loop. there is some tone suck in the loop. boosting the output of the dg stomp overcame the suck.
best used as a 'crunch' machine, driven by a high quality distortion pedal (barber direct drive) for high gain tones.
xlr out, was the reason i bought it. works like a charm. not as clean and natural sounding as my Palmer PDI-09, but for the cost versus performance factor, it's a winner.
8" speaker sounds like ***. big suprise there.... but unplugging the little combo speaker, taking the 8 ohm output to my closed back 1x12 cab with celestion greenback, and the amp creates sonic bliss.
in my mind, recording direct, and only using the 8" speaker as a means to get some physical feedback from the amp, is the forte of this little combo.

Reliability : No Opinion
haven't had it long enough to comment.
made in USA does have a bit more clout to me, than MIM or MIJ or made in china.

Customer Support : 2
waiting for months, literally, for this thing to come out, i was met with many run-around excuses for why this thing was late, late, late coming out.
whatever the REAL reason why this thing was a good half a year late with it's release, is probably a secret that Peavey wants to keep.

Overall Rating : 7
for what this is, and for what it was designed for (certainly not micing the speaker) i give kudos to satriani, and peavey, for making an excellent little recording/practice amp.
i believe, if they were to release this in a HEAD ONLY version, they'd sell like hotcakes.

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#664424 - 02/15/08 09:07 PM Re: amp: Peavey JSX Mini Colossal [Re: gonzo]
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I missed the mp3's you had posted somewhere Harmony.com or one of those recording forums...you seem to be everywhere....


Well I lost my bid for the Ampulator on Fleabay by $2....I bid too much anyway...Now I'm looking at an old Lexicon 284 on Fleabay.... but I might be better off trying one of these babies....so convince me...please...it will be less expensive.... \:\) Even though they ain't $290 anymore....
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#665539 - 02/18/08 10:34 AM Re: amp: Peavey JSX Mini Colossal [Re: Stuart]
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well, you know, when i bought that amp, i got it thru a store employee, at her discount, and that's why it was only 290.
that was brand new, with a retail price of 599.

now, you can find them for around that price, on ebay.
i'd still recommend it, it was a fine little amp.

if you want more gain, than you could get out of a champ, for example, it's perfect.
plus, the direct out, etc....

granted, there are much better low watt amps...

at much much higher prices.
YMMV

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#694184 - 04/23/08 06:28 PM Re: amp: Peavey JSX Mini Colossal [Re: gonzo]
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I didn't like the Lexicon AT ALL.
Maybe it's because I expected so much and it was so mediocre, at best. I paid $250 (IIRC) when they were still selling for a good price. I couldn't sell it fast enough............

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#694188 - 04/23/08 06:44 PM Re: amp: Peavey JSX Mini Colossal [Re: MadGuitrst]
gonzo Offline
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lexicon = fail.

LOL

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