Gen 1 VYPYR Tube 120

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Manley333
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Gen 1 VYPYR Tube 120

Post by Manley333 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:26 pm

Hey Guys,

After about a decade away I just picked up a Gen 1 VYPYR Tube 120. I'm reading conflicting data on if I should update the firmware or not... so far no lockups. Do you guys recommend updating (to avoid lockups) or waiting to see if lockups occur then update later?

I don't want to brick her lol. I snagged the VYPYR Tube 120 plus Sanpera II for $299
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Re: Gen 1 VYPYR Tube 120

Post by bgh » Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:32 am

My experience comes from a Tube-60 ... and I say do not update the firmware until you absolutely, positively are forced to do so. If your amp is performing well with its current firmware level - then leave it.

There are not a whole lot of "new" firmware levels available. Peavey stopped producing them when they moved on to the next Vypyr line. Of the ones that are available, each one seems to have some bugs associated with them.

And, the firmware install process can easily go very wrong.
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Re: Gen 1 VYPYR Tube 120

Post by dalrymple » Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:14 am

If it works, dont fix it.
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Re: Gen 1 VYPYR Tube 120

Post by Manley333 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:38 pm

Thank you guys! Any recommendations on tube replacements for metal? The previous owner threw in ruby 6l6gcm-str's, the amps tones overall are much thinner than I remember. I'm looking for that deep chugga chugga when palm muting lol.

Thanks again!
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Re: Gen 1 VYPYR Tube 120

Post by dalrymple » Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:52 pm

I dont play metal, but use KT66's in mine. Plenty of chugga chugga there. Dont forget the voicings setting, that may be what you're missing. As I recall the factory default was thin.
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Re: Gen 1 VYPYR Tube 120

Post by Murf » Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:12 am

Just as Dalrymple suggests, try utilizing the voicing settings before spending any money on tubes. I play classic rock and always get decent chugging with the voicing set on #2 (dark) (hold down the #2 button while powering up ). BTW, I'm using Sovtek tubes.

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Re: Gen 1 VYPYR Tube 120

Post by Kernel » Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:29 pm

How can you tell what voicing you are in when you power it on? Is there a simple way to differentiate each setting, or do you need to have a bionic ear to tell? :)

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Re: Gen 1 VYPYR Tube 120

Post by bgh » Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:53 pm

I know of no way to tell which voicing option is in effect ... once the amp power-up is complete.

Firmware level 1.58 implements voicing, with the following options:
1. Default voicing.
2. Darker voicing.
3. Brighter voicing.
4. (I think) Even brighter voicing.
Lefty guitars: Gibson SG standard (1977)•Gibson LP custom (1979)
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Re: Gen 1 VYPYR Tube 120

Post by Kidderman3 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:25 am

I acquired a mint Vypyr Tube 120 with Sanpera II around two years ago for 130 GBP in an Ebay auction where nobody else bid because it was collection only. First thing I looked at doing was getting the latest firmware. Posted for advice on this forum. Turned out best advice I got was from Dalrymple. It wasn't broke and didn't need fixing. It's performed perfectly to this day.

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Re: Gen 1 VYPYR Tube 120

Post by wellingtongee » Sat Aug 03, 2019 7:10 pm

Hi guys,
I scored the same amp for free, and brought a new Sanpera II to go with it, as it was impossible to use without a pedal.

I can't get the expression pedals to work. Is this a problem you have?

Any ideas?

Cheers
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Re: Gen 1 VYPYR Tube 120

Post by dalrymple » Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:46 am

First suspect is always the din cable. I have replaced 4 over the years. Try a known one, try reverse direction, or gamble on a new one. Most likely culprit in my experience with 3 of the foot pedals and amps. Could be in the amp, but check out cables first. Try it in another vypyr if you can to be sure what's not right. Good luck.
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Re: Gen 1 VYPYR Tube 120

Post by bgh » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:23 am

Like dalrymple says, try turning the cable around. As my Tube 60 got older, I had issues with the cable. Re-seating it, swapping direction, ... all seemed to help at times. After doing things, I would re-boot, re-seat, re-boot, ... to get it to work.

If the pedal lights up when you boot the amp, it will usually work.
I got to where I left it plugged in for a long as I could ... to keep it working.

For you, I hope it is a cable-base issue.
Lefty guitars: Gibson SG standard (1977)•Gibson LP custom (1979)
Amps : Mesa Boogie Mark IV•Mesa Nomad 45•Mesa TA-30•Vypyr tube 60+Sanpera I
Other: Effectrode Blackbird•Kingsley Jester•AMT SS11-a•Weehbo JCM Ltd.•Zoom G5•J.Coloccia Big Cannoli

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