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THE BASSMENT_AMP REVIEW
Peavey has been making ‘the working man’s bass amps’ for over 30 years. Now the
company has brought its combo range bang up to date with digital versions. Do they still
cut it for the hard working, cash-strapped pub and club player? Dan Veall tries a digital
TKO to find out.
If you have been out to bar and club gigs,
or through rehearsal rooms, any time since
the 1980s, I could almost guarantee that
you have seen or heard one of the original
TNT or TKO combo amplifiers from Peavey.
Immediately recognisable black and silver
square boxes whose weight sorted the men
from the boys! Even many years after their
release, a good friend of mine uses one in
his studio now - albeit as a table... I jest
of course, but it is safe to say that despite
being a little long in the tooth by today’s
technological standards, those original
combo amps were built like the proverbial
outhouse and that’s probably why so many
are still battling away today!
But Peavey never rests on its laurels and the
company hasn’t been left behind in the race
to digital, having completely redesigned both
its stalwart combos with digital amp stages
and other enhanced features.
Bang up to date the TKO model boasts a brand
new 400 Watt peak ‘D Class’ power amplifier
and new custom designed 15” speaker. Inside
the tilt back ‘monitor style’ cabinet, a tweeter is
included to drive that clear top-end out.
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The whole front of the amplifier waves
goodbye to the original angular wooden
cabinet and utilitarian stackable boxes of the
past in favour of of a smooth front grille -
the controls move from the front face of the
old design and are now on the top of the
amplifier at the back, facing upward. I love
the facelift actually - it reminds me of high
spec PA cabinets with the smooth curved
metal grille. On these models, the grilles are
strong and secured to withstand kicks and
bumps in transit.
The whole thing doesn’t offer the backbreaking
manoeuvrability challenge of
yesteryear either. The unit is about the same
weight as a modern Neodymium speaker
loaded 4x10 – around 73 lbs/33Kg.
Up top, the features on board the amplifier
are both useful and easy to access. A pad
switch is included for taming basses that
have output levels that are a bit on the high
side. That doesn’t necessarily mean just active
electronics - some passive pickups are wound
to have a higher output too. Any distortion
at low volumes should be able to be cleaned
up by engaging this function. There’s a bright