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In addition to the small lightshow on the floor, this footswitch does what it is supposed to and does it reliably.
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Peavey ValveKing/Windsor Footswitch

Mid-Riff channel changing

Text & Photos by Tom Hintz

Posted – 9-22-2012

The Peavey ValveKing/Windsor Footswitch may not be an earthshaking accessory but it does make changing channels on my Peavey ValveKing® 112 Amp easier while I am playing. Of course for my in-office concerts this is pure luxury but I want it, I deserve it (maybe) and I had the money though that was less than I expected.

The Basics

The Peavey ValveKing/Windsor Footswitch really is a simple two-button footswitch that lets you change between the Clean and Lead channels as well as the Effects Loop. Just keep clicking the Channel/Loop button to cycle through them. To use the footswitch to change between the Clean and Lead channels, the Lead channel button on the amp must be in its ON or dressed state. Then you can cycle from pure Clean to pure Lead by stepping on the Channel button.

The other button lets you cycle through the “Boost” features within whatever channel you are currently in. The Peavey ValveKing/Windsor Footswitch does not change the Boost state when entering a channel, it gives you the ability to change the existing Boost state within the channel you are currently in if you want to. Remember that the Boost button must be depressed on the amp for the footswitch to cycle through it.

Plugged In

The buttons have a positive feel so yo know when you change channels and the lights are bright so you can see them on a bright stage.
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This will be short and sweet. Installation means unwrapping the 15-foot-long cord and plugging it into the Footswitch socket on the rear of the amp. The Peavey ValveKing/Windsor Footswitch is compatible with the ValveKing 212, ValveKing 112, ValveKing Head, Windsor Head, Prowler, Triple XXX Super 40 and the Windsor Studio amps. The most complicated thing about the Peavey ValveKing/Windsor Footswitch is plugging it into the right type of amp. If you are having trouble here I am afraid the concept of a footswitch might be a tad beyond you anyway.

Conclusions

The Peavey ValveKing/Windsor Footswitch really is a luxury for most of us but for those playing on stage, being able to change amp channels is a necessity. Also, the Peavey ValveKing/Windsor Footswitch worked just as claimed in the Peavey literature. The buttons have enough “Click” to them so that you know when the change is made, something other footswitches lack and cold be aggravating.

The Peavey ValveKing/Windsor Footswitch cost me $45.99 (9-22-2012) which I do not consider bad in today’s market. My amp will change channels if I push its buttons but I want to do that with my foot so the switch is part of what makes me happy when I play my guitars.

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