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Bad Cat amps - any opinions?

Hi all,

Don't seem to read much about Bad Cat amps round here. Anyone have any experience with them? I may be able to acquire one of the low-watt ones for not a lot, and am quite tempted, seeing as I just don't get along with my Champ 600 (because it's rubbish...)

I dare not go into the amp forum, so does anyone here have an opinion?
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Re: Bad Cat amps - any opinions?

Hi all,

Don't seem to read much about Bad Cat amps round here. Anyone have any experience with them? I may be able to acquire one of the low-watt ones for not a lot, and am quite tempted, seeing as I just don't get along with my Champ 600 (because it's rubbish...)

I dare not go into the amp forum, so does anyone here have an opinion?


Most folks here don't pony up that much for an amp, but I've read an occasional stellar review of Bad Cat amps here from time to time. Generally regarded as a boutique quality amp company.
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Re: Bad Cat amps - any opinions?

If I wasn't a cheap SOB I'd own one in a heartbeat (if that tells you anything).:thu:
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http://www.wildwestguitars.com/badcathome.htm#minicat
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I was under the impression that people around here liked Bad Cat... at least if they could afford to own one! :rolleyes:

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Those amplifiers are much too expensive for anyone that regularly posts here, myself included.
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Amazing amps! Effing expensive though. I'd prob buy and AC30 and be really happy.
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Re: Bad Cat amps - any opinions?

i have a classic cat 1x12" combo and it's my #1 recording and live amp. I love it.
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I own the mini cat. Awesome amo though the 10" Jensen alnico cant really handle the amp full tilt. A little too loose and flubby.
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I'd have one in a heart beat, but like everyone else, its just too much dough,
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Awesome amps, I have tried to buy one multiple times, you would not believe how hard it is to get one in Canada if you dont live out West..... :smileysad:


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR8G2mgx1ZI&feature=c4-overview&list=UUAHVaYMJ1v6uAOmDEBQgQ2w 

 

The Bad Cat Cougar seems to be Chatreeo's head of choice lately

 

 

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Re: Bad Cat amps - any opinions?

Make a good drum solo. I didn't know Bad Cat did hi gain. I was expecting Matchless type tones. I guess tubes will go wherever they're pushed.

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tubedrt wrote:
I own the mini cat. Awesome amo though the 10" Jensen alnico cant really handle the amp full tilt. A little too loose and flubby.

I played thru the very first proto type of the Classic Cat around 2004 and I have known Bad Cat owner James Heidrich since 2002. He is a great guy and the Bad Cat amps are built like tanks with point to point wiring. I have played thru many Bad Cat amps and they all sound great. The Clasic Cat is a great pedal platform. I live just a couple of miles from where Bad Cats are made.

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1001gear wrote:

Make a good drum solo. I didn't know Bad Cat did hi gain. I was expecting Matchless type tones. I guess tubes will go wherever they're pushed.


Their high gain amp is the Hot Cat. Bad ass.

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My only real exposure to Bad Cat amps is going to Porcupine Tree shows. Steven Wilson uses them live, and I must be honest - his guitar tone is better on record (he uses all computer program modelers in the studio). Not a very good selling point for Bad Cat, given their high price tag, but I'm sure you can sound good with them as with any other product.
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kayd_mon wrote:
My only real exposure to Bad Cat amps is going to Porcupine Tree shows. Steven Wilson uses them live, and I must be honest - his guitar tone is better on record (he uses all computer program modelers in the studio). Not a very good selling point for Bad Cat, given their high price tag, but I'm sure you can sound good with them as with any other product.

Bad Cat amps are organic sounding and digital amps sound like digital.

Bad Cat Hot Cat 30 watter.

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DaveAronow wrote:

Meow, hiss hiss, claw claw, chomp chomp hiss hiss, meow!


Why do you play Breedlove Guitars? You should play an Ovation or a Rainsong.

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@visconti

Marketing terms only, dude. Which actually sounds better? If you're Steven Wilson, 0001000101010 beats glass tubes. Listen to the records, live and studio, or go to the show to find out.
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