Hey thanks for the response! You are right, it's so easy to get good tones and even at bedroom volumes. Second hand is the way to go in the U.S. too. The combo is selling for US $1300-$1400 new and anywhere from $500 to $1000 used depending on how eager the seller is to move it. I got mine cheap so I can afford to upgrade the speakers and add casters. I've gotta check out the Carvin x100b more. I think Zappa used those and also Steve Vai when he was playing with him.
Jeez that's cheap for a new combo. Expect those $$ to be the second market here, maybe $1200AU. We get ripped of really bad here for new music gear, Carvin and 'some' Peavey gear being an exception. Mesa.... forget it. How does a Rectoverb at just over $4000 grab you when it came out but now 'discounted' at $3695? Mesa Mark V at $5000 and a new JSX head at $2500 (they used to sell for over a little over $3000). These prices anywhere near you guys? Now consider that our AU$ is strong........
Yeah, Vai did use the Carvin's. I've never had the pleasure of playing one, although I remember years ago seeing a band and the guitarist had one. Really good sound. Carvin never really made it big enough here and amps used to sell real cheap on the second market. Problem is, there's not that many around. It's odd considering how good they are. Back then I knew jack about them. Over here it was Marshall's and whoever could afford a Mesa was considered 'rich' because Mesa's were top $$. Peavey's sold really well, too, I guess because they had a large range of amps and are priced very well.
Anyway, enjoy your beast of an amp. Join the Peavey forum, too. Top notch guys, very helpful and similar maturity as this place. Here: http://forums.peavey.com/viewforum.php?f=19