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  • Bad Cat amps - worth the price?

    I'm pricing out what will be my next amp. Bad Cat stuff keeps catching my eye as a really nice option. I had a chance to play a Trem Cat combo once and it was quite nice, but I balked at the price tag. Are they worth it? Are there similar amps out there that will get you the same tones for less?
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  • #2
    Worth every dime! I still love the Hot Cat 100 head!

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    • #3
      If you want the Bad Cat sound, there's not much that can come close imho.
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      • #4
        They're not really priced that bad if you consider your other options to get similar tones. I personally couldn't shell out that much for one, but it's more a matter of my cheapish nature versus not liking the amp. I'll start liking them alot more after my next promotion at work
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        • #5
          I dunno guys, $2,500+ for a combo amp is quite a hefty pricetag to me.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Argali
            I dunno guys, $2,500+ for a combo amp is quite a hefty pricetag to me.


            Yeah same here. I'm with you in that it's not worth it to me personally. I mean, I don't play or get paid like Keith Urban, so I probably have no business with a Bad Cat.

            But there's really no substitute based on my experience with those amps (similar to Matchless.) I did have one of those new Crate V-series for a couple days. It's been called the "poor man's Bad Cat" by a number of folks. It's no bad cat, but the clean and driven tones on channel 1 are simply superb. I had the opp to AB it to a Cat. Different animals, but I will honestly say the Crate held it's own in the clean/slightly overdriven area. Different, but every bit as musical sounding. I didn't like how hot the damn thing got, so I took it back. Try one out if $$$ is a concern.
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            • #7
              the Crate held it's own in the clean/slightly overdriven area. Different, but every bit as musical sounding. I didn't like how hot the damn thing got, so I took it back.


              That's something that really rips my ass about St. Louis Musical Instrument Co.

              I had a VC50 with three tens back in the 90s and that thing RAWKED! It was simply gorgeous toneage ... clean or dirty. Fender sparkle and Marshall clank, sorta' like a poorman's VHT Pitbull ... the total package. Why do I no longer own it, you may ask? Because mine was in the shop multiple times in the first month, as was EVERY SINGLE FRIEND'S VC COMBO WHO BOUGHT ONE! Now I'm already reading/hearing stories about reliability issues with the new VC series 50 and 30 watt combos, and I heard on here last year that the problems may be heat-related, iirc.

              Crate builds awesome-sounding tube amps with probably a 75% failure rate within six months, yet their **************************** solid state stuff is built like Peavey's amps ... can't ****************ing kill 'em if you tried. Whazzup wid dat? Who the flying **************** is designing and spec'ing tube amps at SLM?

              Sorry for the thread hi-jack ....

              Bad Cat worth it? It's worth three grand if you really gotta have one, I guess. I'm glad I ain't really gotta have one. I'd take a Pitbull 45 combo over Bad Cat any day ... even if someone else was buying.
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              • #8
                +1 on the pittbull 45. its damn close to the badcats i've played and goes for ALOT less money.
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                • #9
                  Gar! What's up bro?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JackBootedThug
                    Gar! What's up bro?


                    nothing at all man - you?
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                    • #11
                      Bleh. For the money, my new Marshall 1959HW buries Bad Cat

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by garfight


                        nothing at all man - you?



                        Post some more clips man!
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                        • #13
                          They shure are priced high.

                          However, the Hot Cat 30R blew me away as far as over-the-top high-gain goes.
                          You really want one after trying them out, so be warned!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ragnvald
                            They shure are priced high.

                            However, the Hot Cat 30R blew me away as far as over-the-top high-gain goes.
                            You really want one after trying them out, so be warned!


                            The 30R is an Excellent amp

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                            • #15
                              I was flipping through the channels the other day and came across a Bonnie Raitt "Freeview". While she's not reallly my cup-o-tea the guitarist was playing through a Bad Cat and his tone was amazing. Kinda medium-gain grind and REALLY full sounding. Nice low-end but not muddy at all.

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