Laney’s VC30-212 is a 30-watt Class A tube combo amp available in 2×10, 1×12, and 2×12 configurations. We tested the 2×12 version, which is loaded with two HH Invader Vintage 35 12″ speakers. The VC30 uses four EL-84 power tubes and three ECC83 or 7025 preamp tubes.
The cabinet is covered in classic black tolex with attractive black and white grillecloth surrounded by white piping. The amp’s chrome control panel is mounted on top of the box, and uses vintage-style pointer knobs. There’s also a thick black handle and two chrome vents on top. The speakers are mounted in an open-back cabinet fitted with a protective metal grille.
The control panel includes separate Hi and Lo jacks for instruments, with differing input levels, as well as the controls for Clean Volume, Bright switch, Drive (sets amount of overdrive), Drive Volume (sets volume level of Drive channel), Drive switch (engages Drive channel), Bass, Middle, Treble, Reverb, and Effects Level to regulate the level of the external effects plugged into the loop. Power and standby switches are positioned at the far right. One detail worth noting is that the controls are facing the player when they stand in front, unlike most vintage amps with top-mounted controls, which force you to read upside-down.
The back panel contains the power cable connector, fuse, jacks for internal and extension speakers, as well as the extension speaker switch impedance (4 or 8 ohms) switch. Laney offers two 8-ohm extension cabinets in 2×12 and 2×10 configurations that match the VC30’s cosmetics.
Also included on the back panel are send and return jacks for the effects loops, and a footswitch jack for an optional drive/reverb footswitch.