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bignothing's picture
Riverside CA
Aug 2005
8 years ago

Looking for a cheap tube head for a saturated metal sound. Going for stuff like Meshuggah, A Life Once Lost, Norma Jean type stuff. I know I won't get that exact sound but anywhere near that in the price range will do. Other options welcome to. Thanks.

Rig:
Guitars: LTD MH-250NT or
94 squire strat (backup)
w/seymour duncan pu
DiMarzio Cliplock Strap

Effects:
Boss TU2 Tuner
Boss DD6 Delay
Boss BD2

Amp:
Crate Stealth combo 50 watt converted into mini head
Some cheapo Randall Cab

Done Business with:
Aureate_7

maggot_b's picture
Reading, UK
May 2004
7 years ago

From what I'm told, the Valveking is very good value for money.

I'd say check em both out.

ESP EC-II -> Jim Dunlop Dimewah From Hell -> Boss NS-2 w/ Maxon OD-808 in the loop -> Bugera 333XL head w/ Boss CH-1 & Line 6 Echo Park in the loop -> Marshall JCM-800 cab.

Other amps:
Marshall JCM-900 MkII 2100 100w head
Peavey Transtube 1x12" Combo

Other guitars:
Ibanez RG321MH
Vintage Gold Top LP Copy w/P-90's
Vintage Acoustic

DavyBoy721's picture
Kansas
Feb 2005
5 years ago

They're totally different price ranges. Either one should be fine though (except the Valve King may need a distortion box for some sounds). If you're thinking about the XXX, why don't just buy a Carvin V3 then? I actually like those Crate Stealth's though, what's not working for you?

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CowboyFromHell_2's picture
Philly, PA
May 2006
6 years ago

I have the XXX if you have any quiestions PM me

Jackson rr3 (emgs 81,85)
Jackson dxmgt (one white emg 81)
Ibanez rg 7 string custom (EMG 707)
Ibanez AX120
40 yo yamaha acoustic
Pedals (in no order)
Jimi hendrix wah, TU-2, NS-2, BF-2, CE-2, older ibanez delay (green), MXR ZW-44 over drive, digitech bad monkey over drive, Danelectro DC-1 Cool Cat, BBE sonic maximizer 482 (older moddel)
Peavey XXX
5150 cab
Peavey Ultra
XXX cab
B-52 412 cab

evilenaz's picture
prattville (montgomery alabama)
Jun 2004
8 years ago

its gonna be alot easier to get those tight metal sounds out of the xxx, than it will be the valve king.

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fender esquire gt
ibanez rg 270 dx w/invader
boss tu-2 tuner
boss ns-2 noise supressor
mxr 10 band eq
marshall jcm 2000 dsl
marshall 1960a 4x12

CowboyFromHell_2's picture
Philly, PA
May 2006
6 years ago

I agree I play metal most of the time and it serves me well

are u looing for the combo or the head/cab?

Jackson rr3 (emgs 81,85)
Jackson dxmgt (one white emg 81)
Ibanez rg 7 string custom (EMG 707)
Ibanez AX120
40 yo yamaha acoustic
Pedals (in no order)
Jimi hendrix wah, TU-2, NS-2, BF-2, CE-2, older ibanez delay (green), MXR ZW-44 over drive, digitech bad monkey over drive, Danelectro DC-1 Cool Cat, BBE sonic maximizer 482 (older moddel)
Peavey XXX
5150 cab
Peavey Ultra
XXX cab
B-52 412 cab

Immortal_rites's picture
Willington, Derby, U.K
Feb 2005
9 years ago

XXX, I had 2 valvekings, both broke very quickly...

...the first the input cut out on it, which meant it had to be sent back to peavey to be fixed :/, and thus be destroyed in transit on its return

...the second, the power transformer (yes, you read the right) fell of and was hanging by a single wire, attached itself to the speaker and thus I found it when I got home...not happy...

...

Jackson RR5
Moser V
Dean BlackGold V
ESP LTD M-350

Line 6 HD147+FBV
Marshall 1960A

...yes, knave, I am in a power metal band

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Good choice going with the Boss. An EH pedal would probably just scratch the guy.

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Elkvis's picture
River Falls, WI
Aug 2004
6 years ago

I have a valve king and I used to have a triple-XXX. the triple-XX was great for the heavy sounds of metal, but the valve king can do it too with the proper eq settings. also, the valve king sounds better into a closed-back cab than it does with the combo speakers built in. for just a bit more than the V3, you could get a hughes and kettner switchblade (the amp that replaced my XXX) and have a much wider variety of tones at your disposal.

Welladjusted's picture
Hamilton, Ontario
Sep 2002
1 year ago

I second the H&K switchblade option.

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M-III's picture
somewhere with a Gibson in hand...
Sep 2004
1 year ago

Originally posted by CowboyFromHell
I have the XXX if you have any quiestions PM me

Ditto, another Triple XXX owner here...

I like the Valveking, don't get me wrong it's a good amp for the price, but it's Chinese made and IMHO, not an equivilent example of Peavey's USA made products. I've put my Triple XXX through some serious crap, it has yet to give me any serious problems and it's 4 years old now. I personally just don't have much faith in Chinese craftsmenship personally, even if it has a Peavey badge on it. Hopefully time will prove me wrong if Peavey is true to thier reputation.

For all things metal, the Triple XXX will deliever in spades the crunch channel can do the classic metal sounds and the ultra channel handles all things in modern metal. Some tweaking to it will make it far more flexable too (think low to mid gain sounds) and get it in the ballpark of amps twice it's value IMHO.

Originally posted by DavyBoy721
They're totally different price ranges. Either one should be fine though (except the Valve King may need a distortion box for some sounds). If you're thinking about the XXX, why don't just buy a Carvin V3 then?

Not as far as you might think, I see Triple XXX's going for like anywhere around $500 to $700, maybe $800 at the most on ebay. List right now for a new Valveking head is $500. On a more personal note... As much as I wanted to like Carvin's new V3, it just didn't blow me away enough to want to swap it for the Triple XXX sad to say. Your milage may vary though.

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bignothing's picture
Riverside CA
Aug 2005
8 years ago

Originally posted by DavyBoy721
They're totally different price ranges. Either one should be fine though (except the Valve King may need a distortion box for some sounds). If you're thinking about the XXX, why don't just buy a Carvin V3 then? I actually like those Crate Stealth's though, what's not working for you?

The stealth was not technically mine. I was borrowing it from a friend on a long term basis since he does not play anymore, but he told me he was going to sell it so I need to get a head asap. Money's tight so I was looking at cheap high gain heads for my application. The stealth to me does not have enough low end for me.

Rig:
Guitars: LTD MH-250NT or
94 squire strat (backup)
w/seymour duncan pu
DiMarzio Cliplock Strap

Effects:
Boss TU2 Tuner
Boss DD6 Delay
Boss BD2

Amp:
Crate Stealth combo 50 watt converted into mini head
Some cheapo Randall Cab

Done Business with:
Aureate_7