Ok, let me tell you how this should be done.
Has anyone ever seen how Ibanez has done this?
Just take a look at this: http://www.ibanez.co.jp/anniversary
This is how it should be done. (btw: for some reason, they (Ibanez) have removed the option to search for a specific model, so go figure: it was even better some years ago) By making available these old catalogs, they even confess they started as a "we can make you a copy for less money" Japanese copycat brand. But clearly, they are proud of their history.
Just my 2cts: today, a company should be about more than just: "this is my product, go out, and buy it"
Nowadays, with internet, social networks and forums like this, it is becoming more and more important for a company to deliver a total 'brand experience'. Opening a 'Peavey documents' area with product information is just one aspect.
Although i must say that they have already done a really great job in scanning all the 'archived manuals' that can be found in the archived manuals
area. I have used that more than once
(with > 20 'old' Peavey guitars & amps)
Besides that: it is history, and imho Peavey has a lot of history, and a lot of things to be proud of.
Of course: there is (possibly a lot of) money involved in scanning these documents, but for a huge company like Peavey, this should not be a problem. Most of this is 'catching up', and when up-to-date, cost is low, since 100% of today's publications are born digital, so adding stuff to the 'Peavey Library' (I hereby grant permission to use this term) from now on should be peanuts.
Hey Hartley, are you listening? It is your company! Make the Peavey Experience even better than it already is! I can guarantee it will cost money at first, but i am convinced it will make money in the end ...