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Peavey KB 5 Keyboard Amp

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When it comes to addressing the day-to-day needs of working musicians, Hartley Peavey’s Meridian, Miss.-based megalopolis has long been at the forefront of bang-for-your-buck performance, managing in the process to demonstrate to domestic manufacturers how they might beat offshore competitors at their own game. Having initially developed a regional reputation with its guitar amplifiers, over time Peavey has become a major player in the marketing of drums, basses, guitars, mixers, power amps, modular mixer/amps, microphones, signal processors and speaker enclosures.

One area where Peavey has long championed the needs of gigging musicians is in the underrepresented category of keyboard amplifiers. Invariably, when keyboardists and singer-songwriters drop in on their local retailer, if the salesmen don’t talk you into purchasing a portable PA system (which invariably provides a surfeit of features you don’t need, while lacking some of the most basic functions you do), second options generally include little cubes and self-powered speakers. And while these are dandy for practice situations, they do leave something to be desired in terms of projecting over a crackling bassist and drummer or providing the kind of low frequency extension and dynamic headroom needed to reproduce the bottom octave of an 88-key electric piano or the big, fast transients associated with sampled beats and synthesizer bass.

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